What Is Mercedes-Benz COMAND Online? What Are Its Main Features?

23rd Feb 2024

By Veronica Chiarelli

What is Mercedes-Benz COMAND?

Mercedes-Benz COMAND is the previous generation of infotainment system used in Mercedes-Benz vehicles, and was later replaced by a similar system called MBUX.

COMAND was introduced to the market in the late 1990s and has gone through several updates to provide users with cutting-edge technology at the time of release.

The latest version was released in 2014 and as standard this infotainment system is composed of two seven-inch screens, one located in the cluster behind the steering wheel, and the other on the right side of the dashboard.

Updates are offered regularly by manufacturer, to keep the sat nav current with city maps, and it offers excellent and easy connectivity to smartphones.


What features are available in COMAND?

Mercedes-Benz COMAND Infotainment System

The COMAND has an excellent array of features that provides comfort and ease to driver and passengers. Most features will vary depending on the model of the vehicle you are purchasing, and which trim or upgrade you decide to have.

Even though the higher trims are equipped with advanced features, the standard package includes essential applications that improve onboard experience.

  • Sat nav that facilitates navigation, providing roadmaps and indicating the way to your destination
  • Bluetooth allows paring with smartphones and data transferring
  • DAB radio connects to local radio stations to keep driver and passengers entertained and informed
  • USB plug can charge phones and other gadgets whilst placed within driver’s reach

Extra standard features, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, were added to COMAND in selected models later on.

The mid-range COMAND takes connectivity to the next level, as it does not depend solely on the transferring of information via Bluetooth, but it is able to connect online.

As with most infotainment systems, the range of features and screen sizes can vary depending on the model you choose. Here is what you can expect:

  • Screen sizes between 10.25-inch and 12.3-inch, both of which have improved graphics
  • Vehicle’s information is displayed on the cluster and dashboard screens
  • Allows screen configuration so you can change the default set up according to your liking and needs

The top-of-range COMAND Online provides outstanding smartphone and car integration. Most of the functionalities below cater to an exclusive experience, allowing personalisation and interaction with the system.

  • Two 12.3-inch screens
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Sat Nav with live traffic updates
  • Speed limit warnings
  • Choice of themes of the instrument display
  • Hands-free calling

When was COMAND introduced?

Black Mercedes-Benz A-Class

COMAND was introduced to the market in 1998 to replace its predecessor, APS (Auto-Pilot System). Even though the new infotainment system was created to enhance the user experience, the transition to the digital world started in 2011.

With a system that allowed interactivity with driver, the COMAND Online was capable of receiving information from smartphones, such as maps and addresses, and they could place emergency calls.

Overall, COMAND was upgraded nine times and went through several modifications to adhere to the newest technology available at the time of each new release.

The last version of COMAND was released in 2014 in the GLA and C-Class. The upgrade can be witnessed by the introduction of high-tech features that obeys voice command, which improves safety as the driver does not have to remove their hands from the steering wheel to make a phone call, for example.

What Mercedes models are equipped with COMAND?

Mercedes-Benz COMAND Infotainment System

All Mercedes models released between 1998 and 2018 are equipped with a version of COMAND. Usually, the more expensive the vehicle, the more advanced COMAND system it comes with.

If you are on the market for an approved used car, chances are you are going to stumble across a few models with COMAND fitted as their infotainment system.

Stay connected with Stratstone Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz’s COMAND is more than only an infotainment system; it’s excellent equipment that allows connectivity, interaction, comfort, and easy navigation that make your daily commute an enjoyable experience.

To find out more about Mercedes-Benz vehicles you can contact your nearest Stratstone Mercedes-Benz retailer today.