Mercedes S-Class hybrid (2019-2020) running costs
Regular charging of the battery in the Mercedes S-Class hybrid will make visits to fuel stations vanishingly rare
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service intervals||2020/21 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|49||3yrs / unlimited miles||1yr / 15,500 miles||From £2,730 / £5,459|
With a claimed fuel-economy figure ranging of up to 113mpg, running costs should be ultra-low, provided you can plug the S-Class in regularly to keep the battery topped up. Most home energy tariffs price electricity at around 12-14p per kWh, which means you can fully charge the S-Class plug-in’s 13.5kWh battery for less than £2. Using a public charger might cost more, but you’re unlikely to stop at one when you’ve got the petrol engine to fall back on.
The Benefit-in-Kind company-car tax savings could also be significant: the diesel version of the S-Class is taxed at a much higher rate
Mercedes S-Class hybrid insurance group
The Mercedes S-Class plug-in hybrid sits in one of the highest insurance bands there is: group 49 (out of 50) to be precise. Given the big list price, high power output and ultra-desirability of the S-Class, it won’t be cheap to insure. For anyone.
The Mercedes S-Class plug-in hybrid comes with a three-year warranty, although there’s no limit on the mileage you can do in that time. This is standard across the Mercedes range, and covers any problem that might arise from a manufacturing fault.
Mercedes recommends that the S-Class plug-in hybrid is serviced every 12 months or 15,500 miles, whichever comes first.
Thanks to its low emissions, the Mercedes S 560 e L will cost just £15 in vehicle excise duty (VED) for the first 12 months. After that, however, the price goes up: the standard alternative-fuel rate is £140 from the second year onwards, with the S-Class incurring an additional £325 supplement in tax years two to six due to its high purchase price. In other words, VED costs £15 for the first year, £465 for the next five, and £140 annually thereafter.
In This Review
- 1VerdictWith 25 miles of electric range, the Mercedes S 560 e L is an impressive plug-in hybrid, but it comes at a hefty cost
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe Mercedes S-Class hybrid promises 25 miles of electric range, and up to 113mpg fuel economy
- 3Running costs - currently readingRegular charging of the battery in the Mercedes S-Class hybrid will make visits to fuel stations vanishingly rare
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Mercedes S-Class hybrid is serene and luxurious, although it has a turn of speed when needed
- 5Interior & comfortThe Mercedes S-Class plug-in hybrid is all about luxury, with passenger comfort prioritised above all else
- 6Practicality & boot spaceBoot space is the Mercedes S-Class plug-in hybrid’s weak point, with the battery pack eating into luggage capacity
- 7Reliability & safetyThe Mercedes S-Class hybrid comes with numerous safety features as standard, with more on the options list