AGILITY SELECT - Choose your own vehicle character: a matter of personality

Mar 13, 2014
From “Comfort” to “Individual”. The driver is able to influence the characteristic of his new C-Class with the help of five drive programmes.
The driver chooses the desired driving experience with a switch in the lower control panel of the centre console. Depending on the equipment level, the driver can choose from various preconfigured drive programmes and one the driver can design personally to a large extent. The choice of drive programme affects various components of the Saloon and for instance changes how it reacts to certain handling situations. It influences the characteristics of the throttle response, the speed-sensitive power assist, the shift points of the automatic transmission and the suspension damping.
Depending on the installed equipment the following drive programmes are available:
- Comfort
- Sport
- Sport +
- Individual
The "Comfort" mode is the most balanced drive programme with corresponding suspension tuning and consumption-optimised powertrain set-up. "Comfort" mode is activated after engine start initially – it is therefore the basic programme so to speak. After a short stopover (restart after less than about four hours) the previously selected drive programme is automatically reactivated.
The "ECO" drive programme trims the vehicle for minimal fuel consumption. In this context small compromises with regard to comfort are accepted in certain situations - for example, reducing the output of the seat heating and the rear defrost or the adaptation of the cooling performance of the air conditioning system. In addition, "ECO information" can be called up on the multifunction display to adopt a more economical driving style. Further support for the driver in adopting a fuel-saving driving style comes courtesy of economical accelerator pedal characteristics. With some engines the vehicle is capable of sailing when the driver releases the accelerator and lets the vehicle roll in overrun mode. In this event the combustion engine is decoupled from the powertrain and the associated friction losses. The vehicle uses its current kinetic energy for a certain distance and consequently glides on the road with almost no fuel consumption.
The "Sport" drive programme is characterised by agility and fun at the wheel with a sporty suspension tuning and direct accelerator pedal characteristics. The suspension is crisp and firm but still offers good ride comfort.
In "Sport+" mode the powertrain reacts to dynamic load changes with spontaneous response. The optionally available AIRMATIC air suspension has even firmer tuning and approaches motor racing character. The ECO start/stop function is then deactivated.
The "Individual" drive programme provides the option of varying individual parameters for the suspension (with AIRMATIC), steering and powertrain that go beyond the preconfigured programmes. They are complemented by additional adjustment options such as ECO start/stop, climate control and ECO Assist dependent on the vehicle.
On vehicles with manual transmission an automatic double-declutching function is active when one of the sporty drive programmes is selected. It determines the target engine speed after a gear change and sets the appropriate engine speed automatically. This results in sporty driving characteristics one can feel, accompanied by enhanced comfort.