Fleet News

Merc diesel hybrid from less than £40,000

Prices and specifications for the new Mercedes-Benz E300 Bluetec Hybrid have been announced with saloon models priced from £39,645 OTR while the estate variant starts at £41,435.

The BIK rates start at 12% with the lowest CO2 at 109g/km although the figure varies according to body style and specificaion.

Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels – 16-inch wheels can be fitted as a no-cost option to achieve the lowest possible CO2 and economy figures. Also included is leather upholstery, Becker Map Pilot Navigation and LED daytime running lights.

The E300 Bluetec Hybrid uses a twin-turbo 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel engine developing 204bhp and 369lb-ft of torque, linked to a 20kW electric motor mounted within the automatic transmission powered by a 19kW lithium-ion battery.

It will acceleratr from 0-62 mph in 7.5-seconds (estate: 7.8-seconds) and reach a maximum speed of 150 mph (144 mph). When fitted with the 16-inch wheels, the E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid is capable of returning 65.7 mpg (62.8 mpg) on the combined cycle while emitting as little as 109 g/km of CO2 (116 g/km).

The Hybrid system is packaged within the vehicle so as not to impact on the versatility or load capacity of the E-Class in any way. The electric motor is mounted within the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission and adds on 65mm to the total length of the transmission, while luggage space is the same as in standard E-Class saloons and estates. UK deliveries will start in November.

Leave a comment for your chance to win £20 of John Lewis vouchers.

Every issue of Fleet News the editor picks his favourite comment from the past two weeks – get involved for your chance to appear in print and win!

Login to comment


No comments have been made yet.

Compare costs of your company cars

Looking to acquire new vehicles? Check how much they'll cost to run with our Car Running Cost calculator.

What is your BIK car tax liability?

The Fleet News car tax calculator lets you work out tax costs for both employer and employee