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
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2020/21 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|41-44||3yrs / unlimited miles||1yr / 9,000 miles||From £924 / £1,847|
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 variants. The E 300 e and E 300 de are around £10,000 more than the equivalent E 200 or E 220 d models – plus the combustion-engined cars are available in cheaper trim levels.
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. Both models are exempt from the London Congestion Charge until October 2021, at which point only fully zero-emissions vehicles will escape.
Mercedes E-Class hybrid insurance group
The E 300 e petrol saloon sits 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.
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.
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.
As 'alternatively fuelled vehicles', the Mercedes E-Class hybrids attract road tax at a rate of £140 a year. But because all versions cost more than the £40,000 'luxury car' threshold, owners are also liable for an additional £325 charge from tax years two to six, taking the annual total to £465 within that period.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe latest Mercedes E-Class hybrid is available with petrol or diesel power, and is a comfortable alternative to the sportier BMW 530e
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe Mercedes E-Class hybrid has a decent electric range and impressive CO2 and MPG figures, on paper at least
- 3Running costs - currently readingFor company-car drivers and those with relatively short commutes, the Mercedes E-Class hybrid will be extremely cheap to run
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Mercedes E-Class plug-in hybrids are powerful, but can feel a bit less dynamic due to their added weight
- 5Interior & comfortInterior comfort, luxury and technology is a Mercedes E-Class speciality and the latest model doesn't let the side down
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe Mercedes E-Class hybrid’s battery reduces boot space quite considerably, but the E 300 de is at least available as an estate
- 7Reliability & safetyThe Mercedes E-Class hybrid's excellent safety score and the company’s reputation for reliability should give buyers confidence