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.
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.
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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.
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
Mercedes Benz E-Class Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Mercedes Benz E300 BlueTEC Hybrid Estate|
|Body Type||5-door Estate|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||7.8 Seconds|
|Top Speed||144 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||61.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating|
|Warranty||3 Years / Unlimited miles|
|Price (when tested on the 06/11/12)||£41,435|