Mercedes-Benz C 350 e

Mercedes-Benz C 350 e

Fully Charged recently had opportunity to test drive the Mercedes-Benz C 350 e plug-in hybrid.

As it turns out, it was the first time a Mercedes-Benz has ever been featured in the long run show on plug-in vehicles.

The show's host, Robert Llewellyn laments the fact that Mercedes PR people have never responded to request from the show to supply cars for review, but in this case an owner of a new 2017 edition (Phil) has volunteered the car to be test driven.

The £38,845 C 350 e is on the higher side of the plug-in spectrum but nearly 3,000 sold in the first half of the year in UK shows this is what consumers want.

"The Mercedes C350e plug in hybrid. A very swish car, amazing technology plus an amatuer driver and car reviewer in one neat package."

Mercedes-Benze C350e Interior

Mercedes-Benze C350e Interior

Interesting, the C 350 e has been priced rather aggressively in the US from $45,490, which after federal rebate makes it one of the cheapest C-Class cars.  

Unfortunately, the car that was originally scheduled to arrive in America for the Fall of 2015, was delayed to the Spring of 2016, then Summer 2016...and you get the point.

In a "not looking good for the short term" moment, and despite dealers listing the car as coming, Mercedes USA's website listing for the C350e is now showing a error message.

We assume this means the car won't be arriving for the US in 2016 now.

Mercedes-Benz C350e quick specs:

  • NEDC range 19 miles (31 km) on the 6.2 kWh lithium-ion battery
  • 1.9-liter four-cylinder petrol engine (155 kW / 211 hp, 350 Nm) combined with a 7-speed automatic transmission and 60 kW, 340 Nm electric motor. Total 205 kW / 239 hp and 600 Nm of torque.
  • 0-60 mph takes roughly 6 seconds – 5.9 s for Saloon version and 6.2 s for combi Estate version
  • Top speed stands at 250 km/h / 155 mph
  • Fuel economy – 2.1 litres per 100 kilometres plus electricity