MercedesBenz SClass 400 Hybrid an independent road test report

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Mercedes-Benz S 400 HYBRID L Base

Mercedes-Benz S-Class 400 Hybrid Car

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The Mercedes S400 makes petrol power a mainstream option again for S-Class buyers. Jonathan drives it.

Ten Second Review

You expect a big petrol-powered V6 Mercedes-Benz luxury saloon to be an expensive to run, but in the case of the S400 model we’re going to at here, you’d be wrong. It the returns of the conventional diesel doesn’t cost much and is powered by cheaper green fuel. It’s a surprisingly proposition.


If you’re a full-sized luxury saloon, you’re probably not thinking of a version — but perhaps you be. The running cost stats are even more so than of the conventional diesels that executives currently choose. And if you are to hybrid power, then it sense to turn to the brand the widest choice of options. brand is Mercedes-Benz. In this generation S-Class model, the maker offers everything the industry currently knows hybrid technology. So there are diesel/electric and even Plug-in powerplants from which to The petrol/electric S400 we’re to look at here matches the costs of the conventional diesel The diesel/electric delivers the balance figures of a Fiesta-shaped supermini. as for the Plug-in Hybrid, well, the speak for themselves: 94.2mpg on the cycle and a CO2 return of only No other brand can match But then, no other brand a car like this s-Class. use the S400 variant to check out its proposition in a little more

Driving Experience

Unlike the S-Class Hybrid model, the S300 BlueTEC Hybrid, S400 variant has a six cylinder engine. Just like the top Pug-in variant in fact, that car has a very different layout. Where the S500 has a 329bhp 3.0-litre ‘six’ to a large electric motor gives an 18 mile electric-only this S400 has a 306bhp V6 mated to a much smaller motor and only claims an range of around a mile. still a very efficient though, with returns all but match those of the conventional model. Quick too, to 62mph taking 6.8s. As other S-Class variants, the air-suspended set-up with its and ‘Comfort’ Airmatic modes is impressive in its ability to shelter you the pock-marked mediocrity of our roads, undulations and tarmac tears beneath you with hardly a This MK6 model can even be rewarding to drive when the gets twisty thanks to body control from a chassis, the creation of which has aided by the way this generation has been developed as a long saloon first, with the wheelbase variant spawning it. Normally, it’s the other way This approach has given the car 50% greater torsional rigidity.

Design and Build

Mercedes-Benz S 400 HYBRID L Base

This Hybrid, like most variants, comes only in wheelbase form, but at first you don’t immediately realise for here, there isn’t the odd elongated look that lwb versions of this car’s That’s because, unlike rivals, it was originally designed the longer bodyshape, rather styled in shorter form, stretched. The difference shows. So free to simply admire the elegance centred in profile this character line what Mercedes rather calls a ‘Dropping Line’ that descends discreetly the front to a rear section this pronounced shoulder the back wheel gives the end of the car a power-packed look. Talking of the 18-inchers are standard but to me look under-sized for the sheer enormity of car. I’d specify alloys instead. Drop and owners of the previous generation will notice the more feel, with significant of extra head, elbow and room in a less cluttered that’s a long way removed the button-fest that many owners are accustomed to. Rear passengers are even better for, as is appropriate in a car that owners will want They’ve 14mm more room and 9mm more shoulder than they would had in the old MK5 model and of course, in the kind of wheelbase guise I have there’s plenty of room to

out and relax.

Market and Model

Priced at £70,000, this S400 is a little nearer the cost of a diesel S-Class than its hybrid S300 BlueTEC and equals a base diesel variant’s performance and running figures in even greater while using cheaper pump fuel to drive a 3.5-litre V6. It’s well too, with Airmatic air metallic paint, alloy of at least eighteen-inches in size, a parking camera with Active Park Assist front and rear, auto and wipers, power-folding mirrors, trim, electrically adjustable front seats, luxury two-zone climate control, lighting with a choice of colour settings, a lovely dashboard clock, an auto-dimming view mirror, a multi-function steering wheel and cruise I also like the ‘Magic Control’ windscreen wiper that jets the fluid out of a wiper blade that’s to prevent snow or ice forming on it in Plus there’s a super-clever LED Light System that itself to either country or motorways, turns with the and dips itself in the face of traffic at night. You also get the Online system with interface that offers voice control and SD card or USB

Cost of Ownership

A decade the kind of progress this generation S-Class has made in of efficiency would have like a utopian dream, yet the is that fuel consumption and CO2 have been virtually in that time. A class-leading co-efficient that can be as low as 0.23Cd here. So do the weight savings about by use of aluminium in over 50% of vehicle’s construction. And the greater of Euro6-compatible engines that the board are about 20% more than those in the previous line-up, this figure by fuel-saving electronic Direct low rolling resistance tyres as you’d expect, a start/stop that cuts the engine you don’t need it, stuck in or waiting at the lights. As a result of all the petrol/electric S400 Hybrid 44.8mpg and 147g/km, so virtually the returns you get from the ordinary version. Unfortunately, you only get a all-electric driving range of than a mile.


S-Class spearheads technological not only for Mercedes-Benz but for the automotive as a whole — and has done for It’s that important and is why is — and will continue to be the world’s best selling car. And, in hybrid the leading choice in its segment. petrol/electric, diesel/electric and Plug-in options, this sixth S-Class will give its quite a headache. This petrol/electric variant may not be quite as as its S300 BlueTEC diesel stablemate, or as jaw-droppingly efficient as the Plug-in Hybrid version but a very good all-rounder, refined than the S300 and more affordable than the Hybrid model. Whatever preference though, if you’re of buying an S-Class, you need to try the option. It’ll surprise

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