2012 MercedesBenz S 350 BlueTec 4Matic quick spin Autos MSN CA

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Mercedes-Benz S 400 L Base

2012 Mercedes-Benz S 350 BlueTec quick spin

Hybrid or Mercedes now lets you choose. if you $110K plus taxes to

What is it?

The patriarch of Mercedes may be due for a total re-do soon, but didn’t stop M-B Canada adding a new derivative to the line-up for The S 350 BlueTec is the first diesel sold here since as well as the only diesel in its sedan segment.

What’s is that Mercedes already has an version of the S-Class — the S 400 gas-electric that joined the range in When a model is worth a few hundred sales a year in economies of scale usually automakers from slicing-and-dicing lineups so thinly; in this we suspect fat profit margins a business case for offering so choice (there are also gas-engined S-Class models in

What’s new?

The 3.0-litre V6 is widely used in other but it’s been fortified for the S Maximum outputs are boosted to 240 (+30) and 455 lb.-ft. of torque Unlike the smaller RWD-only E 350 the S 350 comes only with For 2012 the 4Matic hardware is and more compact, but the extra and 70 kg of mass still erode potential fuel-economy. So does the that the diesel engine is in the heavier long-wheelbase body.

it like to drive?

Now we all know we?) that modern are clean, quiet, and rich in the torque that supplies real-world performance. Unfortunately, the S 350 deliver on all of that. Once rolling, sure, the partnership 455 lb.-ft. of torque and seven ratios serves up effortlessly thrust for passing or merging on the Getting it rolling, however, is else; not only is there turbo lag off the line, but the heavy, throttle pedal makes the car reluctant to get moving. Another fly in the the generally sublime refinement of the is occasionally disturbed in cruise by an intermittent driveline vibration — an we’ve noticed before in diesels.

Where the S 350 reigns supreme is in aspect of personal comfort: stretch space in the rear, a that smothers rough the way only an air suspension can, and a throne so luxurious you want to go for drives just because more comfortable than armchair at home. Handling? It the job done, with what’s described as portly decorum, but is no sport sedan. Even the most aggressive setting on the car’s optional AMG Sport effects little change to the ride/handling persona, other boosting steering effort merely firm, to stiff.

Should you buy one?

Realistically, is going to buy any S-Class for its fuel but for the record, official figures say the S 350 27 per cent less fuel the short-wheelbase S 550 (the entry-level model). The diesel is also 17 per more economical than the S 400 and delivers effectively the same (0-100 km/h in 7.1 seconds, vs. 7.2 for the S

Since the diesel’s $109,900 is identical to the S 550’s, and only above the S 400’s, it does a reasonable return on investment, as long as diesel costs than gasoline. Over km at current Toronto-area fuel the S 350 would save about a year versus the S 550 and about over the S 400. Over our of mixed driving, the S 350 returned 8.5 km if you believe the trip computer or 9.3 by my own measurements; either way, for a two-ton-plus limo.

That said, if you’re this kind of coin on an car, you’re likely motivated by lowering your footprint than saving at the On that basis, the S400 is a better alternative, as diesel more CO 2 per litre than offsetting its consumption advantage. Or the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid, consumes less fuel in the than either of the Benzes.


Mercedes-Benz S 400 L Base

S 350 BlueTec 4Matic

Base / As-tested: $109,900 / $128,700

of vehicle: AWD full-size prestige

Engine: 3.0 L, 24-valve, DOHC V6

Power/Torque: 240 hp / 455 lb.-ft.

Transmission: Seven-speed automatic

consumption (city/hwy/as-tested): 10.2 / 6.3 / 9.3 km

Competition: BMW ActiveHybrid7, Infiniti M Lexus LS 600h, Mercedes-Benz S 400 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz S 400 L Base
Mercedes-Benz S 400 L Base
Mercedes-Benz S 400 L Base
Mercedes-Benz S 400 L Base

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