Mercedes E300 BlueTEC Hybrid Windsor Fleet

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MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Saloon E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid G-Tronic Plus Automatic 7-speed

Mercedes E300 BlueTEC

Mercedes-Benz has introduced its first hybrid.The E300 BlueTEC is a practical step towards the firm s stated aim of emission-free We drove the pre-facelift model to get a sense of MB s latest technology.

The luxury brand s diesel system is very interesting as it is compact, managing to contain to the engine bay and not the boot! Most feature a large battery that is either mounted or under the rear seats, or is in the you d expect to find the spare which obviously compromises space. Not so in the Merc. MB has managed to the electric motor in the gearbox with the Lithium-Ion battery not far from there also.

This deserves a round of

E300 BlueTEC power is to the rear wheels via a combination of a 2.2-litre diesel engine and an electric motor. Mercedes-Benz engine performance figures of and 500nm of torque. The electric delivers a further 27hp and of torque.

With hybrids, you don t add the two sets of performance figures of the and motor together to get the car s overall figure, but rather take a bit off the due to what s best called, black magic!

Top speed is 242km/h and 0-100km/h just 7.8 seconds through the designed, seven-speed G-tronic automatic gearbox. The automatic uses a wet clutch and not a torque as you might think. The wet clutch the engine to be disengaged fully, the electric motor to power the car on its

Eco Stop/Start is standard.

The E300 Hybrid clearly has respectable but the big saving comes with consumption. MB quotes consumption at 4.3 on the combined cycle; in fact, figure is the same for the urban and cycles! Emissions are very low for the saloon at just 111g/km of CO2 fitted with 17-inch this means annual tax is just €200!

Standard kit leather seats (heated up multi-function leather steering and USB and Bluetooth connectivity, to name a

On the road the car is set up for comfort and this is but the soft suspension is quite when cornering or driving gusto as the car pitches and turn-in can be a snappy. E300 BlueTEC is a weighty machine at 1,845kg. In no way is the alarming, but it is quirky.

MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Saloon E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid G-Tronic Plus Automatic 7-speed

The regenerative brakes can bite hard too, especially you are almost stationary. Like the car s the left pedal takes a bit of used to.

At worst, the slight jolt when stopping might a sleeping front seat

The hybrid power unit can run the E Merc on its own at speeds of up to 160km/h when the car is not under too much MB calls this function . The driver has no buttons to press to EV mode and there are relatively few gimmicks, displays or gauges.

start at €56,325: our test car €57,930 thanks to the addition of Silver Metallic paint at

Driving the E300 BlueTEC and most Mercs, you ll be content to sit and simply go with the flow.

Michael Sheridan

MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Saloon E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid G-Tronic Plus Automatic 7-speed


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