Behind the Wheel 2010 MercedesBenz S400 A Hybrid Stakes Out…

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Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID

2010 Mercedes-Benz S400

Lexus, the luxury division of was especially known for its free-lunch theory: that cars become both speedy and by combining robust electric with big V-6 and V-8 engines. But while latest hybrids #151; the RX crossover and HS 250h sedan are finally delivering on their promise, previous efforts short, especially the Lexus LS L. the direct competitor to the new Mercedes-Benz The big Lexus was saddled with a hybrid price premium and a battery pack that trunk space.

But nothing more eye-rolling than hybrids” like the now-defunct Malibu Hybrid. whose hybrid systems also insignificant mileage gains. neither-nor hybrids have spurned by savvy consumers, who to send a clear message: if not bringing big mileage to the party, bother coming at all.

The S400 BlueHybrid neatly those hybrid traps. the car doesn’t fake it by trying to people that they can a fat V-8 cake with mileage and a cherry of virtue on top.

By downsizing the S550’s gasoline by 36 percent #151; a 3.5-liter V-6 the usual 5.5-liter V-8 #151; the holds down costs and the mileage even before the equipment is added. And the 275-horsepower like the 4-cylinder in the Toyota uses the fuel-efficient Atkinson which squeezes maximum from each combustion

To that, the S400 adds a electric motor (for a of 295 horsepower) and a lithium -ion Indeed, Mercedes says is the first car with a lithium-ion engineered expressly for an automobile. Tesla Roadster uses a of 6,831 conventional laptop

Yes, the Mercedes is a mild To save energy, its gas engine can and start automatically at speeds 9 m.p.h. but it never accelerates on alone.

But in conjunction with the engine, the mild approach off. As huge and decadent as any #151; the flagship Mercedes #151; the hybrid delivered a 29 m.p.g. on a highway run from to eastern Pennsylvania, a 7 m.p.g. over the V-8 model. The S400 21 m.p.g. in the city, beating the V-8 by about 5 m.p.g. That mileage also topped the federal rating of 19 m.p.g. in and 26 on the highway.

Could one of Mercedes’s clean do better, at least on the highway? a doubt: the 3-liter diesel in the BlueTec sedan (a smaller managed 38 highway m.p.g. in my But considering the Americans who would over a plush S-Class a hybrid halo #151; David, your car is ready you can imagine how quickly Mercedes to take the hybrid route for its Arrive at a charity benefit in a S-Class, and the last Cristal be poured before you’re explaining yourself.

The S400’s 144-volt lithium battery is larger than a conventional lead-acid battery, so it fits under the hood without trunk or cabin space. And full hybrids add hundreds of to conventional models, the S400 whose entire hybrid weighs 165 pounds #151; the scales at 4,474 pounds, 19 more than the S550. In the Lexus LS 600h L hybrid 5,049 pounds, a big reason for the 21 highway m.p.g. that I got on a road test.

The final advantage is price: the actually costs $3,650 than the S550 V-8 model: instead of $92,475. Buyers can out the hybrid calculators that how many years they’ll to drive before the fuel offset the hybrid premium. S400 also qualifies for a federal alternative vehicle

Even with the helpful from the electric motor between the engine and 7-speed #151; the motor cranks up 118 of torque #151; the S400 is slower off the line than the V-8 Mercedes cites 7.2 seconds a stop to 60 m.p.h. compared 5.6 seconds for the S550.

That power deficit bother me in, say, a BMW 7 Series lives for speed. But I’m not looking to anyone in an S-Class, unless I’m the wild child S63 AMG. And the system is well-suited to the S-Class’s Serene and traditional, the S-Class is a salon on wheels. Once up to I was content to listen to my iPod smartly controlled by the single-knob system #151; and let the world by.

Relatively speaking, the S400 has plenty of oomph to merge highways or glide past traffic. Top speed is limited to 130 just as it is with the S550.

As most hybrids, the regenerative which return energy to the don’t feel entirely and natural. The engine stop-start is above average, but not seamless. As I up to toll booths, for example, I a shudder in the cabin as the engine on and off.


Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID

In most other respects, no discernible difference between the and gas-only S-Class. A few options available on the hybrid, but none essential.

Mercedes will a second hybrid in December, a ML450 crossover with a battery pack. That will have the two-mode system Mercedes developed in a with General Motors and

There’s one sure way to tell the S400 is the S-Class for you. it out of the dealership on a test drive and the gas. If you feel unfulfilled, around and ask for an S550. If the S550 cut it, the salesman will gladly you the 12-cylinder S600 (with 510 the S63 AMG (518 horsepower) or the hallucinatory S65 AMG with a twin-turbocharged V-12 horsepower).

In each of those you’ll go, spend and pump a lot For those who would rather the pace without giving up big Benz, the S400 is it.


TRACK: Two green statements in

This article has been to reflect the following correction:

November 15, 2009

A review of the S400 hybrid sedan Sunday misstated a difference that car and the conventional nonhybrid Adaptive cruise control is on the S400, though two other available on the S550 #151; an body-control suspension and Attention which sends a warning to drivers #151; are not.

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


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