What is MBUX?

October 3, 2023

Mercedes-Benz Dashboard

Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) is the name given to the infotainment and navigation systems inside modern day Mercedes-Benz vehicles, it incorporates some of the latest technologies to provide and easy to use system that can be controlled by touch, voice or gestures.

The main idea is that you can concentrate on driving safely but still be able to communicate with the infotainment system.

When did MBUX first arrive?

Mercedes-Benz A-CLass Hatchback on a road

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the usual candidate for the latest technology releases, but in the case of the MBUX system, MBUX actually arrived in the entry-level Mercedes-Benz A-CLass when it was revealed in 2018.

One of the main reasons was to get MBUX into the mainstream, with the Mercedes-Benz A-Class being one of the brands best sellers, it meant that more and more people could experience the benefits of MBUX.

MBUX in the vehicle

Depending which Mercedes-Bez model you decide to opt for will depend on the set-up, but the majority of the vehicles will comply with a main centrally located touchscreen along with a digital dashboard behind the steering wheel.

Screen sizes will differ from vehicle-to-vehicles, derivative-to-derivative. Recently Mercedes even released their Hyperscreens, this can be found in the Mercedes EQE and EQS.

Whilst many of the models feature landscape screens, many of the new ars such as the latest Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV have portrait screens which look super impressive.

Pro’s to MBUX

Here are the advantages to MBUX:

User Configuration

Depending on the MBUX software version, you can create user profiles that can be saved and used from vehicle-to-vehicle. This can be your favourite DAB radio stations to seat adjustments.

Easy to Control

The MBUX system allows commands from touch, gestures or voice enabling you to change the majority of the features easily.

Wireless Smartphone Chargers

Depending on the make/model/derivative of the vehicle, it may include a QI certified wireless charger to enable cableless charging of your iPhone or Android device.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

We love to use both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, it is an amazing extension to your smartphone enabling you to see navigational instructions from your Sat Nav apps, stream your favourite radio station or reply back to friends, family and colleagues. Many of ths vehicles include this as standard.

Change the look

As the displays are fully digital, you can choose from a number of different layouts including changing the design of the speedos. With deeper integration of Apple CarPlay in the future, this feature will be heavily expanded.

Augmented Satellite Navigation

With on-board cameras, some of the models can augment road signs over the top of live images of the road. This is extremely helpful when navigating roundabouts and complex junctions.

Cons to MBUX

Here are some of the negatives of MBUX:

Analogue Vs. Digital

With Digital Cockpits becoming the norm, many customers miss the easy-to-read dials that we were used to with analogue dashboards.

Voice Commands

Whilst it might seem a novel way of controlling MBUX, using voice commands can also be extremely frustrating, especially when the system cannot understand what you are telling it.


Whilst it is great that manufacturers are making huge advancements of their on-board infotainment systems, it can also be extremely difficult to find settings of various features without going through a series of menus.

Mercedes-Benz and Cocoon Vehicles

Our flexible subscriptions and short-term leases enable businesses and individuals to experience the latest Mercedes-Benz vehicles with MBUX without the usual long-term commitment of a traditional car lease or purchase.

Find out more about the vehicles that we offer by using the links below and also see our latest Mercedes models available.

Latest Mercedes Car Subscriptions


GLC Coupe

GLC 300d 4Matic AMG Line Premium

Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe available with 1500 miles per month on a Mercedes-Benz Flexible Car Lease

Specification Includes: Dashcam, Augmented Reality for Navigation, All Wheel Drive, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, DAB Digital Radio, ISOFIX, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Assist, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Touchscreen, MBUX< Hey Mercedes, Cruise Control, Speed Limiter, eCall, Fingerprint Scanner, Smartphone Integration, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Speed Limit Assist, Wireless Smartphone Charger, Sports Suspension, USB Port, AMG Bodystyling, Privacy Glass, LED Headlights, Roof Spoiler, AMG Sports Seats, Ambient Lighting, Heated Front Seats, Climate Control, Tyre Pressure Monitor, Keyless Go, Alloy Wheels

Availability: In Stock

From: £1195.00 + VAT p/m

From: £1,434.00 inc. VAT p/m


V Class Estate

V220 d AMG Line 9G-Tronic [Extra Long]

Mercedes-Benz V Class Estate available with 1000 miles per month on a Mercedes-Benz Flexible Car Rental

Specification Includes: Active Parking Assist, Agility Select, Attention Assist, Cruise Control, Speed Limiter, Easy-pack Tailgate, MBUX, Satellite Navigation, Touchscreen, Side Wind Assist, Agility Control Comfort Suspension, DAB Digital Radio, Bluetooth, USB Port, AMG Bodystyling, Electric Sliding Doors, Privacy Glass, Ambient Lighting, Nappa Leather Upholstery, Climate Control, Heated Front Seats, Hill Hold Assist, Tyre Pressure Monitor, Reversing Camera, Alloy Wheels

Availability: In Stock

From: £1869.00 + VAT p/m

From: £2,242.80 inc. VAT p/m


EQE Saloon

EQE 300 180kW AMG Line Premium Plus 89 kWh

Mercedes-Benz EQE Saloon available with 1000 miles per month on a Mercedes-Benz Flexible Car Rental

Specification Includes: Digital Cockpit, Traffic Sign Assist, Easy Pack Tailgate, Satellite Navigation, EQ Navigation Services, Bluetooth, Wireless Smartphone Charger, Head up Display, MBUX, Finger Print Scanner, Smartphone Integration, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Airmatic Air Suspension, 11kW Onboard Charger, 170kW DC Onboard Charger, Rear Wheel Steering, Burmester Surround Sound, DAB Digital Radio, Privacy Glass, AMG Bodystyling, LED Headlights, Heated Windscreen, Panoramic Sunroof, Ambient Lighting, AMG Sports Seats, Heated Front Seats, HEPA Air Filter, Climate Control, Keyless Go, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, ISOFIX, Alloy Wheels

Availability: In Stock

From: £1295.00 + VAT p/m

From: £1,554.00 inc. VAT p/m

More Information

For more information about any of the vehicles we offer, please speak to the team on 01332 290173 or by filling in the ENQUIRY FORM at the bottom of this article.

There are so many circumstances where you may need that flexible vehicle, just call the team on 0330 330 9425 to see how we can help you!

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