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Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID

2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 First Drive

By Chris

The big European luxury-car makers BMW and Mercedes-Benz – and even smaller like Porsche – have the regulatory writing on the wall and are catch-up in the race against more strict CO2 and fuel-efficiency in place or slated to arrive the next few years.  BMW and Mercedes-Benz offered small diesels and cylinder engines around the for decades, and they help the fleet numbers, but the fact is it’s very difficult and to give large, powerful fuel efficiency similar to you’d expect to see from a car.

Fortunately, where a diesel premium or hybrid might be a deal-killer on a $25,000 a Mercedes-Benz buyer may not think about that extra (Of course, the typical buyer of a Mercedes probably doesn’t pay mind to fuel economy.  On the hand, it’s pretty for Daimler to bury the cost of the hardware into a $90,000 without harming margins so

I don’t recall reading the for Porsche’s attempted (and failed) takeover of Volkswagen, but I suspected for years that it has to do concern that the company’s products aren’t going to European CO2 limits or US fuel minimums.  If VW’s sales toward Porsche’s fleet the combined enterprise would plenty of Polos and Golfs to a few GT3s.  Unfortunately for Porsche, financial maneuvering to swallow Volkswagen backfired, and Porsche is being acquired by Volkswagen.

Aside from smaller and more diesels being in Europe and elsewhere, Daimler and BMW have small-car divisions; owns Smart and BMW owns Or rather, smart and MINI if marketers were proofreading article.  While these distractions surely help the numbers, they’re still in relatively small volumes.  had to be done to get the Mercedes-Benz and BMW brands on a environmentally-friendly footing.

Enter the S400 BlueHYBRID.  It’s the mass-production hybrid car sold by a manufacturer.  Although it’s a hybrid, it’s a so-called hybrid,” in that it does not the capability to travel solely on power, and the electric motor is only to assist the gasoline (in this car’s case, a 3.5 V6), capture regenerative energy, and start/stop the car at traffic and stop signs to save Other mild hybrids you may heard of include GM’s (belt-alternator-starter) system found in the Chevrolet Malibu, Saturn and Saturn Vue hybrids, as well as the Civic and Insight hybrids.  and Toyota’s hybrid powertrains, as as those made by participants in the two-mode hybrid joint are considered “full” hybrids.

The S400 BlueHYBRID (hereafter to as the S400, since there’s not an that isn’t a hybrid) hit the two months ago in the US and is now the entry-level model in S-Class lineup.  When I had a to take the S400 on a brief, unsupervised drive, I jumped on the

I hadn’t driven an S-Class in more than 15 years, and one was a V12 model and I was only able to it for less than a mile.  The S400 cuts an elegant since its debut, I have felt that the S-Class was the best-looking cars in its segment.  It to combine classic Mercedes-Benz cues like the upright grille and triangular head- and with a trunklid design nearly intact from a BMW 7-Series, and very pronounced bulges not unlike those in many Mazda products the RX-8.  I always thought this generation S-Class Maybach.  The taillamp design and the overall profile also to be derivative of Daimler’s Maybach, but are a modern, successful execution.  I was fond of the LED daytime running where you’d normally fog lights, at the bottom of the bumper.  if I had a lot of money to throw at a luxury car and comfortably afford a Maybach, I’d get an instead.  Probably an S65 AMG.

One criticism that many, me, have had about most models is that they non-linear braking and acceleration.  acceleration, most hybrids between electric and gasoline in a fairly obvious way.  braking, most hybrids first through regenerative then follow that up traditional hydraulic brakes. One of the simpler mild hybrid is that power delivery to be more linear.  It also that the S400 has a conventional automatic rather than a and that there is no transition gasoline and electric power the gasoline engine is always upon to power the car.  The peak output of 295 horsepower is but not enough to throw you back your seat.  The company a 0-60 time of 7.2 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID

If I could summarize the S400 in one it would be ‘smooth.’  Two words be ‘smooth’ and ‘quiet.’  Not only is the delivery smooth, but it’s very noise-free.  And once the reaches cruising speed, it off one of the quietest cabins I’ve experienced.  As I tooled down a of smooth blacktop at about 60 per hour, fantasies of just cross country in the S400 popped into my mind.  hard to visualize a better car for long-distance cruising.  The large wheel is somewhat of a hindrance any type of spirited driving, but the car content to loaf along at speeds throwing 29 mpg numbers on its computer.

Not only was the car stable and at highway speeds, but also was with the optional Drive-Dynamic front seats with massage.  These seats are available as part of a $4,950 package.  Theoretically, massaging should also help long-distance comfort, but I found to be somewhat gimmicky.  Their are controlled by the COMAND system the large, high-definition navigation which makes adjustments cumbersome and time-consuming.  The side on these seats are capable of the occupant during cornering and protecting him/her in the event of an I’m personally of the opinion that a seat does not need trickery to make it good.

The biggest problem with the BlueHYBRID is its price.  For Mercedes-Benz’s sedan, you can expect to pay a premium, for the “base” S400 BlueHYBRID.  The MSRP starts at $88,825 destination, and options can quickly add of thousands of dollars to that I priced one out on Mercedes-Benz’s website and all of the option package boxes but individual options and accessories to a final tally of $110,015.  a lot of money, but this is a lot of car.  I it to be a far more enjoyable drive the Lexus LS600hL, but the Lexus was powerful and seemed to have a nicer interior.  (The exterior/black interior of my S400 may hurt my opinion of the car’s somewhat.)

I applaud Mercedes-Benz for a capable entry-level model of its sedan that shrinks the CO2 that the car would otherwise and makes a V6-powered S-Class a that might actually not get you at.  But sorry, I think for the same amount of money, I’d go for an Equipping it similarly, the S550′s price is $91,600 and loaded every package would for $116,285 (including destination and the gas guzzler tax thanks to its EPA ratings of 15 highway.)  If you buy an S550 and feel about your CO2 footprint to the S400 BlueHYBRID, just buy a to offset the difference every and you’re set.

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Chris is Autosavant’s Managing He has a lifelong love of everything having grown up as the son of a car dealer. A father of two sons, Chris is in the process of indoctrinating them the world of cars and trucks.

Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID
Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID
Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID
Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID
Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID


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