Review: Mercedes S550e Plug-in Hybrid

The plug-in hybrid Mercedes S-550e is a five-person luxury sedan. It teams an 85kW electric motor with a V6 biturbo gas engine for an exceptional 436 hp (combined). An E-BOOST feature lets the electric motor raise total torque up to 479 lb-ft. It can rush from 0 to 60 in just 5.2 seconds, or return up to 63 MPGe on the highway with a fully charged battery. The advanced lithium-ion battery can be charged by the gas engine while driving, at public charging stations, or at home.

2017 Mercedes S550e Plug-in Hybrid offers four drive modes: The intelligent HYBRID mode optimizes use of the gasoline and electric motors for the conditions, terrain and even navigation data about your route. All-electric E-MODE offers up to 12 miles of locally emission-free driving around town, with 479 lb-ft of smooth, instant torque. E-SAVE mode conserves battery power on longer highway trips and CHARGE mode, which maximizes battery replenishment.

Key Specifications

  • Make: Mercedes-Benz
  • Model: S550e Plug-in Hybrid
  • First available: February 2015
  • Next Upgrade: February 2017
  • Electric/Hybrid: Plug-In Hybrid
  • Seats: 5
  • Acceleration to 100km/h (60mph): 5.2s
  • Range: 20 miles 32 km
  • Price: $96,600
    Price: €89'900
    Price: £77'370

Range & Battery

  • Battery options

    • 8.7-kWh advanced lithium-ion battery
  • Charge time

    • gas engine while driving
    • at public charging stations
    • at home

Innovation & Self-driving

  • Dual 12.3-inch high-resolution screens to provide seamless display of instrumentation, driving systems, entertainment, navigation and vehicle settings.
  • The Cockpit Management and Data (COMAND®) system offers intuitive access to a world of entertainment, navigation and convenience.
  • navigation map updates
  • TuneIn® radio lets you stream live programming from 70,000 live radio stations around the globe in your car, thanks to the in-car WiFi and Internet access of Mercedes-Benz mbrace®.
  • Bluetooth® audio streaming
  • Dual USB audio ports
  • SiriusXM Traffic and Weather service
  • In-car WiFi hotspot
  • SPLITVIEW front-seat entertainment system

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