Tired of same old whip? Mercedes-Benz debuts app-based subscription service

Warning: This luxury is not a money-saver.

Ian Bush
June 05, 2018 - 9:39 pm



PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — You'll soon be able to get a Mercedes just like you get a copy of Car & Driver: by subscription. 

Mercedes-Benz released its app-based subscription service that gives drivers the opportunity to get behind the wheel of different luxury cars — for up to as much as $3,000 a month.

Philadelphia drivers will be among the first to get behind the wheel of a convertible one day and an SUV the next.

For most, the Mercedes-Benz Collection pilot service will not be a money-saver from traditional buying or leasing. 

The subscriptions are divided into three tiers: signature, reserve and premier.

The entry-level signature is $1,095 a month with a $500 premium. At $1,595 a month, the reserve level allows access to more of the souped-up AMG lineup. 

The $3,000 premier option includes that iconic tank of an SUV, the G-Wagon. There's also a $500 activation fee, though it appears only the reserve and premier tiers are available in Philadelphia.

Insurance, mileage, maintenance and roadside assistance are included, as is a personal concierge to deliver your gassed-up, detailed ride, which you select with a couple taps on an app.

Philadelphia and Nashville are the first cities where Mercedes is rolling out Collection.