Mercedes Benz E300 BlueTEC Hybrid Road Test (2012)

Mercedes Benz E300 BlueTEC Hybrid (Rear Side View) (2012)
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Mercedes Benz E-Class Review

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Because the diesel engine is very refined and quiet, plus you get almost no noise from the electric motor, you do tend to notice other sounds more.

Comfort and Refinement

Because the diesel engine is very refined and quiet, plus you get almost no noise from the electric motor, you do tend to notice other sounds more. Wind noise is not at all intrusive, but you cannot help being aware of the tyres, there is a constant background road rumble.

This is a very comfortable car with plush leather-upholstered seats that support very adequately and have plenty of adjustment. The front seats are heated, and adjust electrically by means of seat-shape controls sited on the doors, so you can see at a glance precisely which bit of the seat settings you can to change. Automatic climate control is standard.

Safety and Security

This is a very safe car with a high standard of safety provision. It comes with a long list of standard safety kit, including seven airbags (front, front side, curtain bags and a driver’s knee bag)

ESP stability control, adaptive braking, hill start and hold assist, auto dimming mirrors to avoid glare, and attention assist to detect and warn when the driver is becoming drowsy at the wheel. The car also has a Pre-Safe anticipatory protection system to alert the car’s safety features if a collision is imminent. The front head restraints are a Neck-Pro design to protect against whiplash injuries. The bonnet has a spring-based pedestrian protection system that makes it pop up on impact to guard against injury from the engine-top’s hard points.

Infotainment

Sound quality from the audio system is excellent. The car comes with a standard Becker Map Pilkot navigation system that has very easy-to-use mapping viewed via a good-sized dashboard screen and intuitive controls.

Rivals
  • BMW ActiveHybrid 5
  • Lexus GS450h
  • Infiniti M35h
What We Liked
  • Good economy for a car this size
  • Large estate car practicality combined with small hatchback mpg
  • Minimal intrusion from the hybrid kit
  • Big load carrying capacity
  • Only 116 g/km CO2 emissions, really good for a car this size
What We Disliked
  • The big price hike when compared with an E250 CDI, the car on which this one is based
  • No towing ability
  • Puny 16-inch alloys help the car achieve 116 g/km CO2 output
  • CO2 figure rises to 119 g/km if you fit bigger, better-looking wheels
What We Would Like To See
  • A less hefty price premium over the standard diesel equivalent model.
Conclusion

We rate the E300 Hybrid highly. It is a class act, combining big car roominess and performance with eco car attributes of lower emissions and good economy. If you want a big car and can afford one with a large price tag, but also have a green conscience, it is well worth considering. The ranks of diesel hybrids are growing, and this one is a welcome addition.

6 November 2012 Sue Baker
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Mercedes Benz E-Class Road Test Data
Model ReviewedMercedes Benz E300 BlueTEC Hybrid Estate
  
Body Type5-door Estate
ColourBlack
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph7.8 Seconds
Top Speed 144 mph
  
Transmission7-Speed Auto
  
Fuel TypeDiesel/Hybrid
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban62.8 mpg
Extra Urban61.4 mpg
Combined62.8 mpg
  
Insurance Group28
Euro NCAP Rating
Warranty3 Years / Unlimited miles
Price (when tested on the 06/11/12)£41,435

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