New Mercedes E-Class plug-in hybrid 2019: specs and pricing

Order books open for E 300 e petrol and E 300 de diesel plug-in hybrids

Mercedes E 300 de

Mercedes is now taking orders for its new E 300 de diesel and E 300 e petrol plug-in hybrid cars. Prices for the diesel start at £47,700 for the saloon and £49,700 for the estate in entry-level SE form, rising to £50,195 and £52,195 respectively for AMG Line trim. The petrol E 300 e is only available as a saloon, and will cost from £47,450 for the SE and £49,890 for the AMG Line.

The new models aim to offer zero-emissions capability for short-distance and urban driving, courtesy of a 122hp electric motor and 13.5kWh battery, with the convenience of a 208bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine (in the E 300 e), or a 191bhp diesel (in the E 300 de).

Both the E-Class plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models fall into the same low, Group 13 Benefit-in-Kind company-car tax band, and are exempt from VED (road tax) and London Congestion Charge. However, neither model has a long enough pure-electric range to qualify for the government plug-in car grant.

Claimed fuel efficiency is up to 166mpg and CO2 emissions for the four-door diesel saloon stand at 41g/km, while the estate emits 44g/km. The petrol E-Class PHEV manages 134.5mpg and 46g/km of CO2.

Claimed zero-emissions range for the E 300 de saloon and estate is 34 and 32 miles respectively, while the E 300 e petrol saloon claims 31 miles of pure electric running. Mercedes says a 7.4kW charger will replenish the car's battery from 10 to 100% capacity in under two hours, while a three-pin domestic plug will do the same in four hours.

Performance-wise, the 0-62mph sprint takes 5.9 seconds in the diesel saloon (a tenth longer for the estate), and 5.7 seconds in the petrol.

Mercedes E 300 de

SE and AMG Line trim levels are offered, with the baseline specification including blind-spot assistance, a widescreen cockpit, four USB ports, illuminated door sills, split-folding rear seats, active parking assistance with front and rear sensors, a seat comfort package, 64-colour ambient lighting, 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless go and heated front seats.

AMG Line adds sporty exterior bodystyling, a different design of 18-inch alloys, 'Artico Dinamica' leather upholstery, an AMG steering wheel with touch controls and privacy glass.

There are also option packages: the £2,395 Premium pack adds Mercedes' COMAND Online infotainment system, wireless charging; multi-beam LED lights and a 360-degree parking camera, while the £4,395 Premium Plus pack adds a Burmester surround-sound stereo, hands-free access, a powered boot and a panoramic sunroof.

The £595 Night pack, meanwhile, includes high-gloss black alloy wheels and various pieces of high-gloss black and chrome exterior trim. Then there's the Comfort pack, which is only available in conjunction with the Premium or Premium Plus packs. Adding it costs £1,895 on an SE trim car, or £3,295 on an AMG Line. It includes air suspension and (on AMG Line only) Nappa leather upholstery.

 

Mercedes E 300 de

Driver assistance systems can be added by specifying the £595 Lane Tracking pack (which includes active lane-keeping assistance) or the £1,695 Driving Assistance pack, which adds active braking assistance, Mercedes' DISTRONIC active cruise-control system, active speed-limit assistance, active lane-changing assistance, evasive steering assistance and various 'Pre-Safe' systems that prepare the car if an imminent impact is detected.
 
In addition to the diesel-electric and petrol-electric plug-in hybrid E-Class, a diesel-electric C-Class (the C 300 de) and petrol-electric S-Class (the S 560 e) models are also on the way to take on rivals including the new BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid

Read more about plug-in hybrid cars and how they compare to hybrid and electric cars.