Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon Plug-In Hybrid Video Review
Is the combination of diesel and battery power in the 300de the ultimate driving solution? Watch our video review to find out.
Better economy than a petrol plug-in
Electric range comes up shy
Switch between diesel and electric is jarring
Discipline required to keep it charged
Space & Practicality
Like all saloons, the boot by nature is less practical than a hatchback in terms of storage capabilities but even more so in this case as a good chunk is lost to the battery. At 370 litres, it comes up slightly shy of a Volkswagen Golf. It redeems itself in the cabin where backseat passengers will enjoy limousine like levels of legroom and a very premium experience.
Equipment and Safety
The 300de comes exclusively in the plush AMG-line trim which comes with all the modern comfort and conveniences you might expect at this end of the market. Highlights include the sporty AMG-line bodykit, SatNav, reversing camera, and an extensive choice of ambient interior lighting.
Performance & Running Costs
While it did not quite achieve the 55km electric range quoted on our test drive, the fuel economy on the diesel engine returned a healthy 5.6l/100km. That's not to say the electric range is not useful, with the vast majority of commutes less than 40km still achievable. The drive itself is pleasant but very different in both modes, the diesel grumble a lot more apparent after a few miles of blissful silence.
Reliability & Residuals
This is newish technology for Mercedes so it's a little early to tell, but their three year extended warranty extends to all Hybrid components.
Facts & Figures
Car Tested: Mercedes-Benz e300de Plug-In Hybrid
Car Tested Price: €70,839
0 - 100kms
NCAP safety rating