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Mercedes E-Class Diesel Hybrid

(Thursday 2 August 2012)

Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid.

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed the UK pricing and specifications of the most economical E-Class it has ever sold in this country. The E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid uses a 2.2-litre diesel engine and an electric motor whose combined power output of 231bhp give the saloon version a top speed of 144mph and a 0-62mph time of 7.5 seconds, with the estate close behind on 7.8 seconds.

These are not slow cars, then, but the most impressive figures relate to their fuel economy and CO2 emissions. In the best-case scenario, a saloon fitted with 16" wheels (which are not in fact standard equipment, but are a no-cost option replacing the usual 17s) has a combined economy figure of 65.7mpg and a CO2 rating of 109g/km which means that annual Vehicle Excise Duty payments are just £20 per year.

Other versions can't quite match that, but VED payments for those are still minimal at £30.

Standard equipment includes seven-speed automatic transmission, leather upholstery, satellite navigation and LED daytime running lights. Pricing has been set at £39,645 for the saloon and £41,435 for the estate, and UK customer deliveries are due to start in November.

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