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Road Test: 2013 Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTec Hybrid

MB E 300 BlueTec Hybrid 2013_SpeedDoctor Road Test_02Mercedes-Benz has updated the E-Class with new looks, new engine choices and new or optimised assistance systems borrowed from the new S-Class. The new E-Class is easy to recognise thanks to its redesigned headlamps and rear lights. The headlamps now comprise all functional elements with a single headlamp lens. The low-beam headlamps and the daytime running lamps feature LED technology as standard. Full LED headlamps are also available as an option. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is now also available with two different front ends. If you choose the basic model or the Elegance equipment line, the car comes with the classic grille and the Mercedes-Benz star on the bonnet. The sportier front end with central star is part of the Avantgarde equipment line.

At the rear, the lights and bumper have been revised. Depending on the engine, the tailpipes are either concealed or highlighted. All eight-cylinder models and the cars with the Avantgarde line feature rectangular tailpipe trim integrated into the bumper. If you want sportier looks, you can choose the optional Exterior Sports package or AMG Sports package.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class is available with a wide range of engine variants. New additions are the four-cylinder BlueDirect petrol engines E 200 and E 250, and the six-cylinder E 400 with a 3.0-litre biturbo engine. The most economical choice is this E 300 BlueTec Hybrid with an average fuel consumption of 4,1 l/100km and the CO2 emissions of 107 g/km. To get the average consumption below five litres is a bit of a challenge, but below six litres is quite realistic target.

The Hybrid model combines a four-cylinder diesel engine and an electric motor. The E 300 badge is a bit confusing. The E 300 BlueTec features a 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel, but this E 300 BlueTec Hybrid comes with a 2.2-litre four-cylinder engine. The 2.2-litre diesel in the Hybrid generates 150 kW (204 hp) and impressive 500 Nm of torque. The electric motor is rated at 20 kW (27 hp) and 250 Nm. The power is delivered to the rear wheels through a 7-speed automatic transmission.

Driving always starts with the electric motor alone, but diesel engine comes alive very quickly. The Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTec Hybrid can run on electric power alone at up to 35 km/h but the drive range is very limited, just one kilometre. When the desired driving speed have been achieved, the combustion engine sometimes shuts down and steady speed can be maintained driving with the electric motor alone. This ”sailing” function is possible at speeds below 160 km/h. During deceleration the electric motor acts as a generator and recharges the battery. Only when harder braking is needed, then the wheel brakes are activated. This reduces the wear of the brake pads and discs.

Thanks to the massive torque available, the Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTec Hybrid is really enjoyable to drive. When the performance is required, the electric motor supports the diesel engine during acceleration giving an extra boost. As a result, the E 300 BlueTec Hybrid can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 7,5 seconds. So this hybrid provides quite good performance, as well. However, Mercedes-Benz E-Class isn’t really a performance sedan. The E-Class is more elegant and luxurious than sporty.

The new E-Class is fitted with an electromechanical Direct-Steer system as standard. This system combines the speed-dependent power assistance of speed-sensitive steering with a variable ratio across the steering angle range. The steering is quite good, but it lacks the steering feel that you look for on a curvy road section. It’s good to drive, no question about that, but it’s not as sporty as some of its rivals. The E-Class is offered with four suspensions. The standard and Elegance line models are fitted with the comfort Direct Control suspension. The Avantgarde models are fitted with sportily configured Direct Control suspension. The Direct Control lowered sports suspension is available in conjunction with the Exterior Sports package and AMG Sports package, while the Airmatic air suspension with electronically controlled damping system is fitted as standard on all the V8 engined models.

Specification

Engine

  • Diesel
  • 4-cylinder
  • 2143cc
  • Turbo
  • Hybrid

Power

  • Diesel: 150 kW (204 hp) / 4200rpm
  • Electric: 20 kW (27 hp)

Torque

  • Diesel: 500 Nm / 1600-1800rpm
  • Electric: 250 Nm

Transmission

  • 7-speed automatic
  • RWD

0-100km/h / 0-62mph

  • 7.5 seconds

Top speed

  • 242 km/h

Fuel consumption

  • 4.1 l/100km

CO2 emissions

  • 107 g/km

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