Mercedes E-Class Hybrid Review | 2013 E300 Bluetec Hybrid

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2013 Mercedes-Benz E 300 Hybrid Review

2013 MERCEDES HYBRID REVIEW

What#39;s Amazing fuel numbers; style and comfort with power.

What#39;s Not: A price deficit you’ll ‘earn’ back; infernal stalk.

Vehicle style: premium sedan

Price: (plus on-roads)

Engine/Trans: 2.1 litre diesel, electric | 7spd audo

Power/torque: 150kW/500Nm; electric motor

Fuel consumption listed: 4.3 | tested: 5.9 l/100km

It’s the diesel-hybrid ever to go on sale in It’s an E-Class. which it’s as big as a Commodore. It#39;s one of the world’s great saloons but it uses barely more than a Smart fortwo.

is Mercedes-Benz#39;s new E 300 BlueTec Hybrid. a technological tour de force . and it does things a little it drives exactly ‘like a

We put it through its paces at launch; along Melbourne’s Collins on silent electric power, up the 2.1 litre diesel through the ringing the Yarra Valley, through Warrandyte and into the peak hour traffic of Hoddle Street.

And the fuel Solid as a rock: 5.9 l/100km on the way and 5.9 l/100km on the way back.

That result achieved in a car seats five in spacious will hit 100km/h in 7.5 seconds and the better part of 2.0 tonne.

with a seven-speed G-tronic transmission, Mercedes lists fuel consumption of 4.3 l/100km and CO2 at a mere 113 g/km.

So, yes, big comfortable saloon from would seem to have than a little to recommend it.

for buyers who would like to use a less of the planet’s scarce and leave a little less CO2 in the air behind them as they

At its heart is a diesel electric that combines a 2.1 litre diesel engine with. for it. an “electric machine” (we hope whoever in Mercedes marketing up with that gem has been and thoroughly thrashed) producing a 170kW and 750Nm of torque.

The “electric machine” is the combination of generator, rotor and stator. The battery at the crossroads of the system a mere 23 kilograms barely than a conventional larger car

Individually, the two powerplants provide and 20kW/250Nm respectively. What means is that when both at work, the BlueTec puts a very long, and willing torque curve the driver’s toe.

Mercedes its first hybrid electric car in the Mercedes Simplex. It’s to say it knows a thing or two about it right.

THE INTERIOR

Well, an E-Class. Everything you expect the interior accommodation in an E-Class is there; crisp lines, stitched materials, Teutonic and sense of style, and a quiet ride.

Among a long of standard features are sat nav, park assist, auto auto wipers, folding driver assistance package, and premium audio.

There#39;s LED headlamps, keyless-entry and go, memory seats and, externally, a looking ‘sports package’ guards-filling 19-inch alloy

Ergonomically, the only thing we like is the gear-selector that on the right side of the wheel.

right where most would expect the indicators to be on the left, natch). Unfortunately, it and feels like an indicator and more than once I it into neutral when a corner. (Doh!)

Otherwise, either at the wheel or in any of the seats, this is a very place to find yourself.

We like the instrument display; you can set it up to what’s happening between the diesel engine, brakes and machine, as well as monitor use and battery regeneration (you can share this with on the centre touchscreen).

Open the it offers 505 litres of cargo and you’ll be greeted with a you won’t expect. There is no of a battery pack anywhere to be

Instead, remarkable but true, the E lithium-ion battery is tucked in the engine compartment.

ON THE ROAD

for the spookily quiet start, the instrument display and the near-silent whirring on exit from the you’d not otherwise know you driving anything other an E-Class saloon.

There’s a distant diesel rattle the 2.1 under the bonnet stirs life, and an equally familiar but a more potent one when away from the lights.

straight up over the rise Melbourne Airport, and the engine and silently dies, letting the machine” take over for the “sail” down the other

Right then you’ll be you’re driving something a out of the ordinary.

It does this through the journey; as soon as it the gravity of an incline feeding the the diesel switches off, invisibly back into on a feather press of the accelerator.

We the better part of kilometre approaching a town on electric only, holding 60km/h along the main street.

At speeds though (but than 160km/h), the E 300 has a “sailing” where the diesel engine turn off and let the electric motor intervene to maintain momentum.

very impressive. As far as hybrids go, is the most advanced and seamless ever experienced.

Of course, the accelerator a hefty shove, and the E 300 with a very willing and urge that’s what when you’ve got 750Nm of torque lurking under the

For rolling acceleration, it feels quicker than the E 250 CDI. not shabby, and will get ‘out and slower-moving highway traffic effortlessly and safely.

It’s also completely by hills. On a mid-speed incline, feel the assistance of the electric that combined torque this big saloon effortlessly a mountain road.

Point to its performance is more executive than typical hybrid.

while the accelerator has that quirky Mercedes ‘spongy’ the seven-speed G-tronic will crisply between the gears if you to hustle things along.

The Accumotive lithium-ion battery is charging on downhill sections or braking (a read-out on the dash the state of its charge).

When slowly, the brakes themselves do the braking work, that’s to the ‘electric machine’ as it collects To create the right pedal there is an in-built resistance in the mechanism.

You’ll notice it slightly different when you brake, but it soon becomes Braking performance this is one of the cars on the planet remember is very good.

FIRST VERDICT

Priced at $108,900 on-roads, the E 300 enters near the top of the sedan line, with the petrol E 400 and the E 63 AMG S sitting above it.

That puts it at $10,000 over the somewhat similar E 250 CDI which it shares the 2.1 litre engine.

Real-world fuel use with an on-paper fuel benefit of a claimed twenty (5.3 l/100km for the E 250 CDI), you likely never get back $10,000 in fuel savings.

But you get a very appealing luxury from a line that the standard for premium transport.

The E 300 Hybrid has a little more urge than its conventional model’, drives absolutely compromise, and is also kinder to the

And, in the purchase choices we it is the little things that the difference for a cleaner, more world.

If you’re in the market for a supremely comfortable, sublimely and inherently interesting car, the E 300 BlueTec Hybrid for a run.

We you’ll be well pleased what you find.

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