MercedesBenz S400 Hybrid Review – The Diesel Driver The…

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Mercedes-Benz S 400 HYBRID L Base

Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid

Mercedes -Benz introduced the first diesel-powered automobile in and the company has been offering its fuel-efficient vehicles ever The S-Class, Mercedes’ flagship has been around since and got its name from Sonderklasse, “a class of its own.”

For 2010, designers gave their a facelift.  From all outward little was changed.   The front of the car a new grille and front bumper the rear got an integrated exhaust.  are now used for taillights and daytime lights.  But these minor changes mask the significant found within.

The S-Class now has of the new technologies introduced with the 2010 E-class, including high-beams, pedestrian detection in the vision system, a lane-departure system, and the new Attention Assist drowsiness warning system.

Mercedes’ Autobahn cruiser to be one of the most comfortable, refined, and vehicles on the market.  It’s now one of the most green, with the of the S400 Hybrid to the line-up.

The S400 Hybrid has the distinction of firsts.  It is the first production automobile to use lithium-ion batteries.  the first Mercedes-Benz with a drive.  And it is also the first flagship sedan to be available as a (BMW has since introduced the 7; Audi displayed a hybrid A8 car at the 2010 Geneva Motor The first hybrid in the Über sedan market is  the Lexus L but more on that later.).

The approach to hybrids is one that less weight and complexity to the The mild-hybrid platform was jointly by BMW and Mercedes as an outgrowth of a cooperation began in 2005.

A mild hybrid is a gasoline-fueled equipped with an electric that allows the engine to be shut off whenever the car is braking, or stopped.  Mild hybrids from full hybrids in they do not have an electric-only of propulsion.  As a result, they do not the same level of battery and also do not achieve the same in fuel economy as full

The S400 starts off with an cycle 3.5-liter V-6 to which added a 20-hp electric The motor serves merely to the engine power as it can’t the vehicle by itself; it adds 118 of torque, something the car desperately as it takes 7.2 seconds to go from (the gasoline powered requires a mere 5.4 seconds).  The is a big car and it does feel a bit sluggish.

The S400 displays its battery from a display in the speedometer, shows the flow of power engine to battery to wheels.    the car is stopped at a light or in traffic, the shuts down, thereby gas.  Simply taking foot off the brake pedal the engine to restart.

Unlike its powerful siblings in the S-Class the S400 Hybrid escapes the gas tax and gets 5 mpg more in the EPA’s and highway ratings.  It also the hybrid price penalty, most evident with the LS 600h L hybrid, which $40,000 more than its stablemate, the LS 600, and gets marginally-improved fuel economy.

Mercedes-Benz S 400 HYBRID L Base

On the road, the S400 Hybrid has the and feel typical of large sedans.  One problem is the electric steering assist, which the engine to stay off when the system turns it off, in a driving experience that is devoid of any sensation (the which foregoes electric does not have this

In a week’s worth of driving from highway cruising to traffic, I frequently found using 7.84 l/100 km (30 Overall, I used 9.4 l/100 km (25 which was quite respectable  for the


I found the suspension (adjustable sport to comfort) pampering and the air kept the car well composed in the The most remarkable thing I was just how unobtrusively the hybrid behaved.  I hardly noticed the function (unless I was looking for it) and the car restarted without a shudder.  The brakes, usually the weak of hybrid systems, felt normal.

Finally, the fuel usage and output of the S400 are simply (the S400 is rated as a or super low emissions vehicle).  In the years, German automakers, others, will have to the ever-increasing fuel efficiency and mandates set forth by European and U.S. regulators and the S400 is one way to approach this.

The S400 favorably to Mercedes-Benz diesel as well.  The S350 diesel is at 7.71 l/100 km (30.5 in fuel economy while the test rates the S400 at 8.11 l/100 km (29 mpg).

Although it’s unlikely hybrid fans will the S400 to knock the Toyota off its throne, the entry-level price makes it likely that the will become the best-selling and buyers will be able to the sumptuous Mercedes-Benz amenities they are using less with each trip.

Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid

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