The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has just received a light restyling. More than the look, the interest in this vehicle lies in its 306 horsepower diesel-electric plug-in hybrid engine.

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A hybrid vehicle does not necessarily contain the gasoline-electricity pair under its hood. In its vast EQ Power range – new label to designate its electrified vehicles -, Mercedes-Benz bet on offer plug-in hybrids for unleaded or diesel fuel. A detail that is important to attract the very big rollers that can be the professionals. So much the better, because this new E 300de station wagon is built for the road.

Comfortable and cozy, he excels on the motorway, his favorite field. However, the vehicle does not deserve on the secondary network or on winding roads, where it can swallow switchbacks without batting an eyelid. A perfect exercise to use its two engines, which the nine-speed automatic transmission does not stifle; the changing of gears is done with speed and discretion.

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In the consumption chapter, if the vehicle is approved at 1.4 l / 100 km, we noted on the on-board computer, after several hundred kilometers in assembly and on the flat, a very respectable average of 5.4 l / 100 km at the end of the course. By having a “classic” behavior, it is even very easy to recharge the 13.5 kWh lithium-ion battery while driving. On a Wallbox, it will take 1 hour 40 minutes for a full charge.

Watch your step !

The quality of the materials used and the flawless finish outclass this Mercedes-Benz E-Class compared to its competitors. The technological endowment is extremely complete with a host of driving aids, the list of which cannot be enumerated here. Be careful, however, of the many options that increase the bill. On board, the excellent MBUX multimedia system, which allows you to interact with the vehicle using the key phrase “Hey, Mercedes! “, and navigation with augmented reality are in the game. The big weak point of this E 300de comes from its trunk. This generation of Class E was not initially designed to be electrified, an imposing step hiding the 160-liter batteries amputated the luggage compartment. Embarrassing for a family break.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class (PHEV): the range, prices
Version Power Fiscal power CO2 emissions Price
300de Avangarde Line 306 hp 8 HP from 35 g / km € 64,350
300from AMG Line 306 hp 8 HP from 35 g / km € 67,450
Break 300 from Avangarde Line 306 hp 8 HP from 35 g / km € 66,550
AMG Line Break 300 306 hp 8 HP from 35 g / km € 69,650