Mercedes-Benz Comand APS

The Good Controller feels nice in the hand. Better than previous Comand systems.

The Bad Interface too complex by half. Voice recognition may require you to be in the correct screen. Missing iPod support in C220 CDI.

The Bottom Line The Comand APS interface demands too many turns and presses to perform even simplest of tasks and the voice recognition doesn't fare much better.

Editors' Rating
6.5 Overall

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Review

Mercedes-Benz Comand APS

The new knob-driven Comand APS system is currently available in Mercedes-Benz C-Class and S-Class models. This review was conducted in a C220 CDI wagon.

Interface

While it may carry the same name as the Mercedes-Benz's old button happy system, the new Comand system, which first debuted in the S-Class limosuine, features a host of improvements. Key amongst these is the adoption of the German obsession with push, pull and press scroll-wheels. Finished in studded metal, the new Comand controller feels great in the hand and controls a new menu system via a LCD display in the centre of the dash.

As sampled in the C220 CDI, the Comand screen is divided into three sections: a strip up the top that allows you to switch between the main functions (navigation, audio, video, Bluetooth telephone and system settings). The main centre section contains the current selection's main function, like, say, the navigation map, or CD and track lists. Another menu strip sits at the bottom with more options for the current section, such as presets and sound stage settings for audio.

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