Mercedes S Class Review
The S-Class is renowned for being the best of the best when it comes to executive travel. This electric version looks to cut driving costs whilst not compromising the vehicles ability to keep you comfortable on a long journey. Whilst there have been previous hybrid S-Class, this version is the first to travel properly on electric power alone, for any sort of usable distance.
Engine & Performance
So whats under the bonnet? A 3.0 litre V6 petrol engine is paired with an electric motor. Powering the electric motor is a 13.5kWh battery. Combined they produce 469bhp. Five seconds is the stated 0- 62 mph time and a pure electric range of up to 30 miles. The top speed is an electrically limited 155mph. Mercedes official figures say that 113mpg and 57g/km of CO2 emissions are achieved. Weather conditions and elements such as wheel size will of course effect these stats.
Around town the electric motor pulls its weight, giving you extra pep from and standing still. The faster you go the more work the petrol engine will put in. So for long motorway journeys you’ll drive the vehicle like any normal petrol or diesel car, with very little assistance from the electric motor. Precise steering works well with the electric power, providing a silent, comfortable driving experience.
Looking to the interior of this hybrid S-Class and there’s not a great deal to differentiate between this model and the rest of the S-Class range. Not a bad thing. The interior offers good space, high quality fabrics and an abundance of technology. There are two 12.3 inch screens on the dash, these are used to display figures such as speed and battery charge. As well as serving as a control center for the infotainment system. You also get a rear view camera with parking assistance, LED headlights, heated front seats, ambient lighting and two-zone climate control. Not enough tech?! Well should you wish to you can upgrade the S-Class to include wifi hot-spot, a 24 speaker stereo system and TV screens for rear passengers.
Practicality suffers a little on the hybrid model in regards to boot space as this is where the battery for the electric motor is stored. This effectively splits the boot space in half with a step in the middle. There’s still more than enough space for the weekly shop!