What is Mercedes-Benz DISTRONIC PLUS®?

August 21st, 2018 by

Mercedes-Benz Distronic Plus

The DISTRONIC PLUS® Mercedes-Benz active cruise control system maintains an even distance behind traffic ahead of you. It uses radar to monitor the gap between your Mercedes-Benz vehicle and the car in front of you. This lets you move with the flow of traffic better than a standard single-speed cruise control system. DISTRONIC® is available in most new models, including the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA SUV. Learn more about the Mercedes DISTRONIC PLUS® feature at Mercedes-Benz of San Diego near San Diego.


If your car is already equipped with this advanced feature, take the following steps to operate it:

  • Much like a normal cruise control system, the DISTRONIC PLUS® controls are located on a lever attached to your steering column.
  • To set your cruising speed, move the lever up or down. You can then fine-tune your speed by moving the lever up to speed up, or move it down to slow down. It changes your speed by one mile per hour.
  • If you press the lever hard, it changes the speed by five miles per hour.
  • To cancel your cruise control setting, push the lever away from you or press the brakes.
  • If you want to resume the last set speed, simply pull the lever toward you.
  • A knob on the end of the lever adjusts the following distance behind the vehicle ahead of you. It shows the distance on the central screen.
  • If the traffic ahead stops completely, the DISTRONIC PLUS® system will bring your car to a stop. If the stop is longer than three seconds, you can resume the system by tapping the gas or pulling the lever toward you.

DISTRONIC PLUS® should only be used on highways, and the driver should remain aware of their surroundings at all times. For more information, consult your owner’s manual or get in touch with Mercedes-Benz of San Diego.

What is DISTRONIC PLUS® with Steering Assist?

The DISTRONIC® Steering Assist feature helps keep your Mercedes-Benz vehicle in its lane. It monitors lane markings and surrounding vehicles and makes steering adjustments to compensate for curves in the road, as well as monitors traffic in the lane to the left to prevent overtaking vehicles from the right. DISTRONIC PLUS® Steering Assist also monitors to make sure that the driver’s hands are still on the steering wheel. This additional level of safety and convenience supplies more peace of mind on the hectic streets of Del Mar.

What is Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC®?

Found on models like the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC® cruise control uses radar-based technology to adjust your speed so you’re cruising with the flow of traffic. If traffic lulls to a crawl, the system will reduce your speed automatically until the flow of traffic picks up again. If a straight-ahead vehicle stops, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC® can bring your car to a stop as well. Simply tap the accelerator or push the cruise control button to resume your original speed when the car ahead begins to move. The system resumes on its own if you’re stopped for less than 30 seconds.

Which Mercedes-Benz Models Offer DISTRONIC® Cruise Control?

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

Turn to Mercedes-Benz of San Diego for More Info

Depending on which model you choose, you’ll find DISTRONIC®, DISTRONIC PLUS®, or DISTRONIC PLUS® with Steering Assist features. Contact Mercedes-Benz of San Diego for specific model information about Mercedes-Benz tech features like PRESAFE®, or stop by our showroom near Rancho Santa Fe. Looking for more helpful guides like this? Discover the benefits that come with buying a certified pre-owned vehicle at Mercedes-Benz of San Diego.

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