Straight from the luxury class to the new-generation A-Class: DYNAMIC SELECT. A small button with an astonishingly big effect. You can change between the pre-configured driving modes – “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Eco” and “Individual” – as and when you wish. Doing so alters the settings of the steering, the drive system and – if the new adaptive damping is specified – also the suspension. “Individual” mode lets you choose your own individual settings.
The optional Sports Direct-Steer system adds to the comfort of speed-sensitive power steering with a variable ratio dependent on the steering angle. This produces a more agile handling response on winding roads, for example, and improved straight-line stability.
For an even more dynamic drive, each drive system variant now additionally includes a new ECO display. Embedded in the instrument cluster, it uses various graphics to encourage the driver to adopt a fuel-saving driving style. Incidentally, the new-generation A-Class only saves at the right end.
The 7G-DCT automatic transmission allows fast, smooth gear changes without any interruptions in tractive power. DYNAMIC SELECT can be used to preselect the shift characteristics from fuel-saving to sporty.