First Drive MercedesBenz S 400 Hybrid Yahoo Cars

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2013 S-Class

IN TECHNOLOGICAL terms the of the S-Class range has to be the hybrid While the diesel model a more economical and tax-friendly for those seeking a quieter ambience this petrol-electric S 400 should be on your shopping

Parallels will understandably be with the likes of Toyota’s and it’s true that take on the hybrid concept offer the usual combination of only running, petrol power and the two modes combined for performance.

Motive power for S-Class is a little different to the however. Up front there’s a V6 petrol unit producing 306 plus the accompanying 20kW motor. Drive to the rear is via Mercedes’ familiar seven-speed gearbox.

Thanks to the car’s large and main displays, you can monitor its changing power status. For all the powerful electric motor and battery, the real world is refreshingly drama-free.

When off under electric power the S 400 is more hushed than a S-Class. You have to be watching the closely to spot the transition to power – usually after a distance or when you use a fair bit of

Cruising at a constant speed most often, when coasting or coming to a stop the petrol engine cut out. Hit the and you’ll see the battery charge rise, allowing you to recharge on the go.

all makes for quite a busy car the skin but, thankfully, blissfully unaware when the S-Class’ plush cabin.

satisfying are the S 400’s green Remember, this is a big car capable of four adults in the height of That said, in default wheelbase guise (normal is also available), you’re at 44.8mpg and 154g/km CO2.

While that performance it surprisingly close to the all-conquering S-Class, once you factor in the noise and quieter cabin easy to see why the hybrid might favour with city-based hire operators.

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For some the to emulate a Rolls-Royce or Bentley for a fraction of the cost easily a few pence saved at the black And with the latest S-Class clear that Mercedes to challenge the best that can offer.

It’s obvious from the you open the door of the latest S-Class that Mercedes has out all the stops. From the car’s fit and finish inside and out to its plush and the choice of materials, the German is keen to keep hold of its saloon crown.

Be it the car’s air suspension, the option of reclining and rear seats and an entertainment to shame most first airline seats, there’s to touch the S-Class for the money.

you’ve risen to such that you can afford to sit in the back, worth noting that the is also blessed with an of riches. While you’re bubbly there’s the likes of vision, intelligent cruise and lane keep assist to you safe.

That a smoother, quieter to diesel power exists for seeking a more hushed is a testament to Mercedes’ engineering and nous. And with barely a of a compromise if you choose the hybrid, is exactly how S-Class ownership be.

FACTS AT A GLANCE

Model: S 400 Hybrid L SE Line 4dr, from £69,650 on the road.Engine: petrol V6 unit developing plus 20kW electric 7-speed automatic transmission the rear wheels.Performance: Maximum 155mph, 0-60mph 6.8 seconds.Economy: Rating: 147g/km.

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

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