2010 MercedesBenz S400 Hybrid |MotorWeek

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Mercedes-Benz S 400 HYBRID L Base

Episode 2940

Without a hybrid technology has made inroads in reducing fuel But so far, the most successful have been smaller and utilities. It seems that as grow larger, the hybrid gets smaller. But that stopping Mercedes-Benz from their biggest car, the as responsible as possible. We applaud efforts. But, will we driving the results?

The 2010 S400 Hybrid is a new way for the socially to feel socially responsible. So, big, elegant, gasoline-electric targets efficiency by uniting a 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle V6 with a electric motor and seven-speed transmission to create a very and seamless mild-hybrid system.

The is also the world’s first vehicle with a lithium-ion The 120-volt battery is small and enough to even reside the engine compartment. In fact, the hybrid system is so light and that it adds only 120 to the standard S-Class. And of course, the also has regenerative braking, as an automatic stop-start function, here cuts off the engine braking below nine per hour.

So, what does all this mean? S400 Government Economy Ratings of 19 city/26 are, overall, about 17% better than the gas-only And, the highway rating is than its more established the Lexus LS 600h L, a full sedan. Using premium our mixed driving loop 20.2. That’s one mpg better the last S550 we tested, but we did even better than

The S400’s Energy Impact is a moderate 16.3 barrels of oil per year, with a similar Footprint of 8.7 annual tons of So, this sedan is not an eco-dream by any but it is the greenest option among luxury cars to date.

the electric assist adding 118 of starting torque, full-throttle is better than you’d 0 to 60 in a respectable 7.3 seconds, with a mile in 15.7 seconds at 93 per hour. The S400 is not in any real off the line, as the power build its time. On the plus side, the is extremely smooth and quiet. are widely spaced, and using the wheel-mounted paddles makes for shifts.

Suspension geometry is standard front and rear. The Airmatic Air with adaptive damping up with traction and stability to produce an amazingly agile sedan.

The S400 reacts mid- than full-size. very stable and turn-ins are quick. And, no matter how we pushed it, this big hybrid confident and balanced. Stopping comes from four-wheel with ABS and Brake Assist. with a vague pedal, fade-free stops from 60 128 feet. That’s fine for a massive beast.

On the outside, the enjoys the latest S-Class Up front is a revised grille by our car’s active bi-xenon The profile wears larger mirrors, and the rear integrates the outlets within a recontoured fascia. The S400 identifies as a hybrid with a simple Efficiency badge. Our tester showed off 19-inch five-spoke AMG as part of the optional Sport

Inside, this airy cabin has all the latest upscale and luxury features one could the most innovative being the interface shared between the and front passenger. It allows the to watch a movie without the driver.

Leather trimmed are deeply padded and supportive, and our optional wood/premium leather wheel had available heat.

voice-activated COMAND system, Aid emergency communications, and 15-speaker audio are standard. State-of-the-art advances like automatic Distronic Plus adaptive with lane departure and Nightview Plus Pedestrian are options.

The always roomy three-person adds eight-way power, and climate control with heat and ventilation as part of the Seat Package. As for cargo, the of the big S-Class measures a fitting cubic feet, with floor storage.


No S-Class is but the S400’s base price is genius. At $88,825, it’s the pricey S-Class. That’s 20 grand less than a LS Hybrid. Plus, the Mercedes for a tax credit of up to $1,150.

Still, it be easy to dismiss the S400 as a publicity stunt. But rather, we see it as leg of Mercedes’ fuel saving program that also clean diesels, pure and hydrogen power. They to make sure they the best technology for every class. And, yes, we did driving the 2010 Mercedes-Benz Hybrid, a smart move an energy smart car company.

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