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 deficit would bother me in, a BMW 7 Series that lives for But I’m not looking to race anyone in an unless I’m driving the wild S63 AMG. And the hybrid system is to the S-Class’s personality: Serene and the S-Class is a chamber-music salon on Once up to speed, I was content to to my iPod #151; smartly by the single-knob Comand system and let the world pass 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 respects, there’s no discernible between the hybrid and gas-only A few options aren’t available on the but none seem essential.

Mercedes will offer a hybrid in December, a full-hybrid crossover with a nickel-metal-hydride pack. That vehicle have the two-mode hybrid Mercedes developed in a venture General Motors and BMW.

one sure way to tell whether the is the S-Class for you. Point it out of the on a test drive and punch the If you feel unfulfilled, turn and ask for an S550. If the S550 doesn’t cut it, the will gladly show you the S600 (with 510 horsepower); the S63 AMG horsepower) or the hallucinatory $199,000 S65 AMG a twin-turbocharged V-12 (604

In each of those models, go, spend and pump a lot faster. For who would rather slow the without giving up their big the S400 is it.


INSIDE Two green statements in one.

article has been revised to the following correction:

Correction: November 15, 2009

A of the Mercedes-Benz S400 hybrid last Sunday misstated a between that car and the conventional S550. Adaptive cruise is offered on the S400, though two features available on the S550 an active body-control suspension and Assist, which sends a to drowsy drivers #151; are

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