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Review: Mercedes C350e Plug-in Hybrid

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class lineup is going green with the addition of a new model called C350e Plug-In Hybrid. The 208-hp 2.0-liter turbo four in the C350e combines numerous advances to deliver more power from less fuel. Its turbocharger spools up quickly to boost response, helping deliver all of the engine’s 258 lb-ft of torque starting at just 1,200 rpm.  It has 7-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles on the steering wheel that let you enjoy manual-style control anytime.

Key Specifications

  • Make: Mercedes-Benz
  • Model: C350e Plug-in Hybrid
  • First available: February 2015
  • Next Upgrade: June 2016
  • Electric/Hybrid: Plug-In Hybrid
  • Seats: 5
  • Acceleration to 100km/h (60mph): 5.9s
  • Range: 20 miles 32 km
  • Price: $45,490
    Price: €42'152
    Price: £36'410

Range & Battery

  • Battery options

  • Charge time

Innovation & Self-driving

  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • HD Radio™ receiver
  • Hands-free Bluetooth interface
  • COMAND hard-drive navigation with 8.4-inch screen
  • In-car WiFi hotspot

1 User Review on “Mercedes C350e Plug-in Hybrid”

  1. brad
    Good move by Mercedes towards greater fuel efficiency
    Reviewed
    - Other

    The name Mercedes is synonymous with high-performance and luxury, and now with C350e Plug-in Hybrid. It looks like they’re pushing towards a more energy efficient and electrified approach with their cars.

    First things first, don’t bother considering this car to be an electric car. With 20 miles of electric powered range, and test drivers actually managing 8 miles in reality. It seems like the plug-in feature is quite nullified. It’s really meant to be a hybrid.

    But as a hybrid, it’s a very good one in fact. Performance wise, with a 4 cylinder 200hp engine and 80hp electric motor, it can surely go, when you need to go. Whilst getting a fuel efficiency of 61mpg. Pretty good on this side.

    Being able to drive the car in different modes, to me, that’s the best part of the car. It preserves Mercedes high-performance pedigree while allowing you to drive in more economical modes if you wish. Plus the sense of control you get with paddle shift controls, and a 7 speed gearbox is nice to have, if you like to feel in the drivers seat.

    As for the interior? I think it’s very classy. Definitely expected in a Mercedes. Pretty awesome it has individual buttons for various controls, where so many manufacturers are trying to do away with them! Too many touchscreen dependent controls may be a distraction. Though I have to admit, the 8.5 inch display in the C350e seems a bit tiny.

    Overall it is already, and can be a well equipped car with the plethora of add-ons available. Reminds me of business class in an airplane somehow, with climate control, adjustable seat positions and all the other perks available. It’s really designed for comfort and the business traveller in mind, while coming in at a pretty good starting price of $45,000.

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