2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Limited COMAND Audio Presets
August 22, 2014
In general, I like Mercedes' COMAND interface in our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250. I find it pretty easy to use, navigate and find what I want. But I've also realized that what's available for audio preset selection isn't so great.
Specifically, there are only 10 presets for each radio source. If you want to program more than 10 stations, you're out of luck. With AM or FM, that's probably not an issue. But certainly for satellite radio there are more than 10 stations that I like to flip through.
Many other cars these days provide superior ways to store and use presets. The upscale systems from BMW and General Motors, for instance, let your store a lot more presets and then mix and match from different sources. I much prefer that style of audio functionality.
The other annoyance for me is that the CLA's left-hand steering wheel buttons are tied to what's currently selected for the multi-function display in the gauge cluster. That is, they'll work for moving up and down in your preset list but only if you've got the audio functions queued up in the cluster display. If you've got the trip computer showing in the display, for instance, the buttons just cycle the trip computer options. The keypad buttons on the center console are still usable for presets, at least.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 13,734 miles