24 August 2021
24 August 2021
We all love the idea of owning a giant garage filled with gleaming machines; one for every occasion, every mood and every kind of road.
Fortunately, back here in the real world, buying just one Mercedes-Benz actually gives you access to several different kinds of vehicle in one neat package.
It might sound like a bold claim, but it’s entirely accurate: the Mercedes-Benz Dynamic Select system allows you to tailor the performance of your vehicle – and the way it feels to drive – based on the type of terrain you’re covering, or even your mood on any given day.
It’s one of those buttons that you might not think you need to push, but Dynamic Select will give you a different driving experience each time you get behind the wheel.
The default mode for your Mercedes-Benz, and with good reason: this is the driving mode designed to let you revel in the luxury of your vehicle when you’re in the mood to cruise.
Comfort offers you precisely that: a well-balanced swift-shifting transmission coupled with a comfort-oriented suspension and steering setup. The outcome is a smooth-sailing experience that allows you to luxuriate in all of the finer details of your Mercedes-Benz.
The term “sailing” can be applied quite literally here: when you release the accelerator in a speed range from 60 to 160 km/h, the engine speed decreases to idling level, reducing driving resistance and effectively allowing the car to “sail” using its own kinetic energy.
Imagine you’re enjoying a leisurely country drive in Comfort mode when things suddenly turn twisty – perhaps you’ve hit the bottom of a mountain pass.
This is the ideal time to switch to Sport mode. The result? Sharper steering, stiffer adaptive suspension, refined transmission shift points and a modified throttle response that is akin to giving your Mercedes-Benz a hit of caffeine – upping its responsiveness and agility.
You will instantly feel the change; your vehicle is alert and ready to deliver a more involving, exciting experience.
If you’re on a race track and behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz performance car such as the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupé, Sport+ will show what your vehicle can really do.
Optimised for high speeds and super-tight corners, Sport+ revels in dynamic load changes, with the DCT transmission adapting to meet the exacting needs of the track (in short, it revs longer and harder in each gear before shifting up).
The throaty roar of the exhaust is, of course, essential to the experience, and Sport+ mode opens up the variable exhaust flaps completely so the unmistakable V8 power of a vehicle such as the C 63 is more audible – like music to our ears.
If you like the sound of a drive that benefits the planet and your back pocket, the ultra fuel-efficient Eco mode is for you.
This is the perfect driving mode for a commute around town that involves lots of stopping and starting. Eco mode not only switches off your engine when sitting idle at traffic lights, but also delivers a more relaxed engine response and modified climate control settings that are designed to maximise fuel consumption, reducing your fuel costs – and carbon dioxide emissions – in the process.
If you’re a car enthusiast who likes to take matters into their own hands, Individual mode gives you the option to customise your driving experience to your specific requirements.
Think of it as the ultimate motoring mix-and-match: if you want to combine the shock absorbers in Comfort, the engine response and steering feel in Sport, and the exhaust system in Sport+ (where fitted), Individual will allow you to do so.
Since every driver is unique, Individual mode offers the opportunity to personalise your driving experience to what brings you the most pleasure.
Book a test drive to experience Mercedes-Benz Dynamic Select modes for yourself.
By Stephen Corby