Mercedes A-Class makes a splash with All-New Infotainment System

Posted on Thursday, 8th of February 2018

Mercedes A-Class makes a splash with All-New Infotainment System

Mercedes Benz has once again outshone its rivals. Showcasing a brand-new interior with an all-new version of their Comand Infotainment System, the latest 2018 A-class offers a new level of driving and connectivity experience set within a wraparound design that makes everything simple to use and easy to see. The driver’s cockpit, available in three themes – Classic, Sport or Discreet - is upgraded with a stylish black panel dashboard display and switchgear.

Why so good?

The high specification communication system that Mercedes Benz is offering buyers of the new A-Class gives innovative voice control and augmented reality navigation with touchscreen control, the first time this has been available in any Mercedes model. There are two 7.0” displays with analogue instrument cluster as standard. 7.0” digital displays are optional. Other options include high-definition navigation with live traffic updates and traffic sign assistance, a head-up display unit plus Burmester sound system. These options, which include a wi-fi hotspot and others, are available with the optional extended widescreen cockpit display featuring 10.3” screens.  

The Mercedes Benz User Experience (MBUX) offers connectivity like no other with an advanced speech recognition system, developed to actually recognise language rather than simply set words, which allows users to give spoken instructions. The system usage will be familiar to those who have used anything like the Amazon Alexa voice command unit.

It's not all entertainment...

Elsewhere, the new A-Class positively bristles with new features that were previously expected only on higher specification models. Mercedes boss Dieter Zetsche has said “it looks and drives like a grown-up Mercedes which..... Fully embraces our vision of luxury.” He praised the car’s improved driver assistance and safety systems too.

With a longer wheelbase and wider front track, uprated torsion stiffness for more comfort, altered axle mountings and better sound-deadening measures to reduce road noise, the new A-Class gives a more refined ride. The appearance of the car has changed too with the addition of a ‘predator’ AMG style grille and angular headlights. Headlight options include adaptive high-beam assist plus Multibeam LED technology for safer night driving. Slightly larger dimensions mean the car is a more practical load carrier than the previous model with a boot capacity increased by 29 litres. 19” wheels are available as an optional extra.

On sale from June 2018, the new A-Class comes in 5-door form and with the choice of three 4-cylinder engines and one frugal, at a claimed 68.9 mpg, diesel option. Are you tempted to give it a try?