Mercedes E-Class hybrid running costs

For company-car drivers and those with relatively short commutes, the Mercedes E-Class hybrid will be extremely cheap to run

Mercedes E-Class hybrid
Insurance group Warranty Service interval 2019/20 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
41-44 Three years / Unlimited miles One year / 9,000 miles From £1,525/£3,049

Like all plug-in hybrids, the E 300 e and E 300 de will be extremely cheap to run if your regular driving routine plays to their strengths. A short commute and a home or work charging point will see you spending just pennies per day to run the car.

However, if you've bought one privately, it'll be quite some time before you've made up for the considerable price difference between the hybrids and the regular petrol and diesel E-Class models.

Company-car drivers are the ones who benefit most from the E-Class hybrids' ultra-low CO2 emissions, which keep their annual tax bills low, and the car will be exempt from the London Congestion Charge until October 2021, at which point only zero-emissions vehicles escape.

Mercedes E-Class hybrid insurance group

The E 300 e petrol saloon is in insurance groups 41 and 42, depending on the exact level of specification and option packs selected. The E 300 de will be slightly more expensive to cover, falling as it does into groups 43 and 44 (in both saloon and estate form).

Warranty

All new Mercedes cars sold in the UK come with a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty, which can be extended at extra cost. In plug-in hybrid models like the E 300 e and E 300 de, the battery is covered by a separate six-year/62,000-mile guarantee.

Servicing

The E-Class hybrids need maintenance every 9,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first. Every second service is the more expensive 'Main Service', with the cheaper 'Intermediate Service' due on the other occasions. It's a shame that this will mean more regular servicing than you'll have to undertake with plenty of the Mercedes' rivals. 

Road tax

As 'alternatively fuelled vehicles', the Mercedes E-Class hybrids attract road tax at a rate of £135 a year. But because all versions cost more than the £40,000 'luxury car' threshold, owners are also liable for an additional £320 charge from tax years two to six, taking the annual total to £455 within that period.