What is Mercedes-Benz DISTRONIC PLUS®?

Exterior view of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC


Have you been busy researching the new Mercedes-Benz lineup in search of the perfect luxury sedan, coupe, or SUV for your San Antonio commute? Among the many deluxe features that are available in Mercedes-Benz vehicles, you may have seen the DISTRONIC PLUS® cruise control system included in options like the A-Class Sedan or the GLC SUV. What is Mercedes-Benz DISTRONIC PLUS® and how can it change the way you view your daily drives? Learn more about this cutting-edge feature with Mercedes-Benz of San Antonio!

Learn How to Use DISTRONIC PLUS® in Alamo Heights

If you’re already driving a vehicle equipped with DISTRONIC PLUS®, learning how to operate it is fairly simple:

  • The controls for DISTRONIC PLUS® are located on a lever attached to your steering column—much like any other cruise control system you may have used in the past.
  • Move the lever up or down to set a cruising speed. You can alter your speed by pushing the lever up to gain speed or pushing it down to decrease speed. One push of the lever up or down will increase or decrease your speed by one mile per hour, respectively.
  • A hard push up or down on the lever will increase or decrease speed by five miles per hour.
  • To end cruise control, just tap the brakes or push the lever away from you.
  • To start cruise control up again, you can pull the lever toward you to resume cruising at the last speed you had set.
  • There is also a knob situated at the end of the lever that can control your cruising distance behind the vehicle in front of you. Your exact distance is displayed on the central screen.
  • If traffic comes to a sudden halt, Mercedes-Benz DISTRONIC PLUS® can bring your vehicle to a stop. If you have to stop for more than three seconds, you can resume cruising when traffic starts flowing again by tapping the gas or pulling the lever toward you.

Note: You should only use DISTRONIC PLUS® on highways and freeways. Shavano Park drivers must remain fully attentive to their surroundings when using Mercedes-Benz DISTRONIC PLUS®.

What is DISTRONIC PLUS® with Steering Assist?

Some Mercedes-Benz vehicles have DISTRONIC PLUS® with Steering Assist, otherwise known as simply DISTRONIC Steering Assist. This feature helps you stay within the confines of your lane by monitoring the lane markings and making steering adjustments to prevent drifting. It also monitors other vehicles and traffic conditions to avoid overtaking vehicles from the right. Finally, DISTRONIC PLUS® Steering Assist reminds the driver to keep their hands on the vehicle at all times for safety, even when cruising.

Which Models Offer Mercedes-Benz DISTRONIC PLUS®?

DISTRONIC cruise control systems are included standard or available in the following Mercedes-Benz vehicles:

  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz CLA
  • Mercedes-Benz CLS
  • Mercedes-Benz GLA
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE
  • Mercedes-Benz GLS
  • Mercedes-Benz G-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz SLC
  • Mercedes-Benz SL

Learn More at Mercedes-Benz of San Antonio

Ready to get behind the wheel of a vehicle equipped with DISTRONIC PLUS® with Steering Assist? Contact us to set up a test drive at our dealership in San Antonio! We’ll help you find the right model for your budget, as well as introduce you to other Mercedes-Benz features like ATTENTION ASSIST®.

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