MercedesBenz S400 Hybrid First Drive in the most dignified SClass…

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Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID

Fuel economy

44.8mpg (Europe)

CO2 emissions | range

(Europe) | 690 miles


North America late

If any one thing signifies that technology has an important future in our it’s that half – one in two – of the models in the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class will feature such hardware in 2014. The company’s flagship has famously been the car to usher in anti-lock braking, navigation and even airbags its four decades or so in existence, and all of have later become the among the chasing pack. are here to stay.

This, the Hybrid, occupies the middle between the S300 BlueTEC – a four-cylinder diesel hybrid will push S-Class economy into previously territory – and the S500 Plug-in which will have an range of more than 20 and develop more than Each of the three will its own strengths.

Underneath that coachwork

As the S400 Hybrid is a hybrid and not a plug-in hybrid, the remains by far the most integral of the powertrain. It’s an effortless petrol V6 that develops and in the previous generation S-Class was of a combined 37.2mpg in its own right. In the new however, it has an electric accomplice.

The S400’s electric motor betwixt the engine and a seven-speed at the front, even though it power from a lithium-ion sat on the rear axle at the other end of the some three metres To give an idea of how small electric motor is, it develops a fifth of the power that the in a pure electric car like the LEAF does. That 27hp is capable of making a different to the way the car performs, however.

If not a plug, then where the S400 Hybrid’s battery get its The answer, like all full is through movement (or, accurately, by stopping). The S400 is clad with regenerative in place of conventional ones and harvest energy usually in the form of heat during In a heavy car like the S-Class a considerable amount for energy, and directed back into the via the electric motor, which as a generator.

The same energy is then to supplement power from the during acceleration, and this is the S400 Hybrid saves Under gentle acceleration, for in urban environments where of these cars will end up in the of chauffeurs, the S400 Hybrid can off the mark silently under power alone. As more is called upon for further the smooth V6 engine ignites and the two sources combine seamlessly.

The Hybrid is probably capable of a mile or two solely using power before the battery is although extreme diligence be required to prevent the engine entering the fray.

A pair of TFT displays mounted side-by-side the interior. Each one measures inches and can display more that you would ever or need – certainly too much to through in the space of an afternoon. As far as Hybrid drivers will be however, the right-hand readout is as it shows how much electrical is being used and also the of charge left in the battery. You can call up a energy flow on the left-hand screen that whether energy is being or generated, and from where, as you along.

All of this adds up to a combined economy of 44.8mpg, although the Hybrid’s urban figure of is perhaps more impressive, the advantage of using an electric at low speeds. Overall it’s efficient that the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 although the considerably less Audi A8 Hybrid just it (44.8mpg). Neither car is as competent or as the big Mercedes, however, although the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid a look.

First impressions

Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID

I didn’t have long the S400 Hybrid, what was obvious was how incredibly refined the car is. Available only in long form, it’s also falling not far short of the Rolls Phantom at well over metres long and dwarfing its including your humble two-inch tall correspondent.

This mass, combined the car’s electric hardware, that step-off – the moment a transitions from being to mobile – becomes an almost concept in the S400 Hybrid, so smooth and inert is the process. In traffic occupants will encounter the familiar sensation experienced when pulling out of stations, when you can’t whether it’s the train sitting in or the train you’re at that’s moving. This is true because in such – an everyday reality in the life of a S-Class – the S400 Hybrid operate for long periods of using electricity alone.

with the car’s StopGo system, which locks on to the car in in heavy traffic and matches its automatically, it really will be sitting in first class on the Express.

Once up and running at speeds the electric motor go largely unnoticed, aiding of acceleration when it can but never alone. The S400 Hybrid so much move as glide, and the combination of its low rolling resistance tires and air suspension at both and back (which comes as helps this Mercedes up to the model’s legendary ride Sound insulation is also that there’s almost an level of silence in the cabin.

Unfortunately Mercedes’ Magic Control technology – which the road ahead for disturbances as speed bumps and rough ironing them out with success – isn’t available on the Hybrid, only the S500. aside, the S400 Hybrid is certainly the most refined ever built, which is something.

Pay more for the S500 Hybrid?

That really on what kind of driving you do, or, simply, whether more is spent in the city or the countryside. If the former then the S500 Hybrid is certainly a better as its 20-mile electric range mean many journeys can be without burning any fuel at If it’s the latter, however, the Hybrid makes more It’s not hard to imagine the S500 Plug-in Hybrid command a £30,000 premium the S400 Hybrid, either.

will appeal to many is that even though it some very complex the S400 Hybrid isn’t a departure from convention. The of an electric motor means S-Class is a little quieter, more economical, and a shade that it otherwise would be. Any

Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid: Drive in the most dignified of all Richard Lane 2014-01-20 4.1 The are subtle, but if you’re in the habit of the finer things in life the added refinement of the S400 won’t go unnoticed. Neither the added fuel economy, promises to be excellent for such a car, particularly on urban Even Germans rivals match this package.

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


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