WHEN IT COMES TO HIGH-END
luxury cars, the Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTec Hybrid certainly looks the part, and tipping the scales even more in its favour is the fact that it’s the world’s most fuel-efficient model in its segment.
The hybrid is comparable to the E300 CDI (170kW/540Nm) on the road. In terms of vehicle weight, t he E300 BlueTEC Hybrid is on a par with the E300 CDI.
In fact, its key characteristics include an
output of 19kW and an energy content of 0.8kWh, allowing the E-Class to run on electric power alone at up to 35km/h and for up to one kilometre. Nice, but what about raw, visceral power? The E300 is capable of a
top speed of 242km/h, but engages in ‘sailing’, an industry term for the shutdown of the combustion engine while the desired speed is maintained by the electric motor alone, at lower speeds. It’s a neat trick that allows the hybrid to achieve its world class efficiency of just
4.1 l/100km. The E300 can keep this up at least until the battery needs recharging. This is possible at speeds below 160km/h. On a full tank and a full charge the E300 has a
range of 940km . Given these numbers, it’s nice to know that the hybrid has around 35% better fuel consumption and CO emissions than its equivalent ‘dirty’ twin, the CDI.
Mercedes E300 BlueTEC Hybrid