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Road Test MercedesBenz E300 BlueTec Hybrid Estate Fleet News

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Mercedes-Benz E 300 AT Special Series

Road Test: Mercedes-Benz BlueTec Hybrid Estate

Mercedes-Benz stepped into the previously exclusively held by PSA Citroën with the launch of the BlueTec Hybrid diesel year.

It has a short-lived life in body shell: an all-new will be launched in March, the existing hybrid technology be transferred to the new model. That no change in the CO2 emissions/fuel efficiency but it will be housed in a new-look

The headline figures make reading: the combined figure for the car on test here (which on the no-cost optional 16-inch rather than the standard-spec is 64.2mpg while CO2 emissions are

However, like the experiences had in the PSA diesel hybrids, the real-life fall some way short. We 42.2mpg during two weeks in the although this peaked at a under 48mpg on longer, journeys.

The improvement is down to a coasting mode which down the engine during road travel on a flat or decline, allowing the electric to maintain speed to minimise consumption. Called Sail, clever extension of engine gadgetry is a unique function as standard.

The motorway figures are a clear that it works.

However, the is not faultless: it can take a couple of to reawaken if you suddenly need to and also sends shudders the cabin whenever it fires into life.

With starting from a little £41,000, the E300 hybrid has competitive running costs on although some diesel will return better fuel efficiency figures. the low CO2 emissions mean that leasing this car will be able to fully deduct the cost of the lease against corporate profits after when the threshold level from 160g/km to 130g/km.

Diesel-powered rivals from BMW and sit above the threshold and so are hit with the 15% meaning companies can only 85% of any rental payments against profits.

The figures add up, but what about the experience?


Mercedes-Benz E 300 AT Special Series

The E300 estate decent handling and a comfortable perfect for a load-lugging car with power from the 228bhp combined output and 369lb-ft from diesel alone.

the model-on-model improvements Mercedes has with recent launches, it is to assume that the all-new due in March will further ride and handling.

More importantly, this car has a boot 695 litres with seats up; 1,950 with down sufficient to swallow a amount of gear (see left). It also has a hidden under the boot floor for more stuff.

Premium hybrids have gained a for being expensive cars suited to those with egos to swell. The Mercedes-Benz diesel hybrid ticks all the green boxes but also a strong business case.

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stephen.briers@bauermedia.co.uk

Mercedes-Benz E 300 AT Special Series

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