There’s hardly a automobile on sale these days though an electrified choice in a tube or already available. But a Mercedes E-Class has had that choice for half a decade, and now there are a integrate of uninformed editions designed to broach low CO2 emissions: a E 300 e and E 300 de.
Here we’re pushing a new E 300 e, that has a four-cylinder petrol engine producing 208bhp and a 121bhp electric engine for a total outlay of 315bhp and 700Nm of torque.
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It can cover 0-62mph in reduction than 6 seconds and strike a tip speed of 155mph, though it also emits usually 45g/km of CO2 on a worse WLTP exam cycle, adequate for a honestly ridiculous central fuel expenditure figure of 141mpg.
On a road, a E 300 e shows how distant foundation has come. It’s probable to eke out some-more than 30 miles of pure-electric using – adequate for many morning commutes – as prolonged as we follow a car’s suggestions for limit efficiency. Some will find that too most of a faff; others will find it involving and curiously addictive.
The E 300 e comes as a tavern only, though there will also be a four-cylinder diesel-electric set-up, in tavern and Estate forms. The rest of a E-Class package stays similar, so it’s still on a gentle side of a vast executive tavern class.
And it’s polished with it, nonetheless should we try to feat a 700Nm of torque, you’ll find a four-cylinder petrol engine a bizarre companion. It’s not that it’s quite thrashy; it’s some-more that it’s an peculiar engine note to hear in a automobile so ordinarily compared with well-spoken six-cylinder powerplants.
The cabin, meanwhile, has few cues to a eco-focus, over a bit of ‘EQ blue’ mood lighting and an electric mode button, that is located down nearby a COMAND controller in a centre console.