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What is Mercedes COMAND? Is it worth it?

COMAND refers to the infotainment system fitted to Mercedes models that controls a range of vehicle functions from stereo tuning to sat nav. Recent improvements made COMAND easier to use and faster than old models while some higher-spec cars now feature Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, too.

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All current COMAND systems are controlled using a wheel and touchpad, shown, here

How does Mercedes COMAND system work

Mercedes’ COMAND system consists of a dashboard-mounted display that’s operated using a scroll wheel and touchpad fitted to the centre console. It can be used to control a range of the car’s functions from sat nav to multimedia features.

More affordable models in the German brand’s range – such as the A-Class, B-Class and C-Class – feature a free-standing display that looks similar to a chunky iPad. More upmarket cars, such as the E-Class and S-Class, are offered with a slicker built-in setup that replaces traditional analogue dials with a pair of 12.3-inch displays.

What features does Mercedes COMAND offer?

Lower-spec Mercedes models come with COMAND Audio as standard. This system features a seven-inch display, Bluetooth, a DAB digital radio and a USB port as standard. Sat-nav system is offered on some cars, too.

Higher-spec models come with an upgraded COMAND Online system, boasting a larger nine-inch screen with 3D maps, improved graphics, a 10GB hard drive and voice recognition features as standard.

Luxurious E-Class and S-Class models feature a more sophisticated system that boasts two 12.3-inch displays stretched across the dashboard. One acts as a conventional infotainment screen while the second replaces old-fashioned instruments and dials with a configurable high-definition display.

Is COMAND Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible?

All A-Class, B-Blass, CLA, CLS, E-Class, GLA, GLE and GLE Coupe models fitted with COMAND Online are offered with Android Auto compatibility. CLA, CLS, E-Class, GLS, GLA, G-Class and S-Class models fitted with the same system are also offered with Apple Carplay.

What does Mercedes COMAND look like?

Watch our detailed video reviews of both the E-Class saloon and GLC cabins, below, to get a better idea of what Mercedes’ COMAND system looks like in action.

Mercedes E-Class saloon

Mercedes GLC SUV

What’s the future of COMAND?

A revised version of the COMAND system has been spotted fitted to a prototype C-Class Estate. This new system, that’s expected to feature on many future models in the German brand’s range, features a larger trackpad in place of the standard scroll wheel to make navigating through menus a little more intuitive.

Mercedes will probably extend the use of the E-Class’ and S-Class’ dual-screen systems to more models in its range, too. Gesture control features – similar to those offered on the BMW 7 Series – may also appear on future models.

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