MERCEDES-BENZ C Class Estate

C300e AMG Line Night Ed Premium Plus 5dr 9G-Tronic

MERCEDES-BENZ C Class Estate - C300e AMG Line Night Ed Premium Plus 5dr 9G-Tronic

Vehicle Information

List Price
£48,564.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Petrol Plugin
Fuel Consumption
141.3 MPG
0-62 mph
5.5 secs
Engine Size
2.0
No. of Doors
5
CO2
45 g/km
By Line

The Mercedes C-Class is arguably at its most complete in C 300e plug-in form. Jonathan Crouch looks at the C 300e.

Ten Second Review

If you want to plug your Mercedes C-Class in, you'll have to pay quite a premium for it but the reward is a 30 mile all-electric driving range capability from this car, the C 300e. It's petrol-powered, but if you want even more frugality, there's also a C300de diesel PHEV version too.

Background

Mercedes was one of the earliest brands to embrace plug-in hybrid tech, so it's appropriate that this Stuttgart manufacturer's range offers more PHEV options than any other auto maker. One of the first Merc model lines to get this technology was the C-Class and today, that car features it in both C 300e petrol form - which is what we look at here - and an alternative C 300de diesel guise. This electrified Mercedes primary job is to take on its most direct rival, the BMW 330e - possibly also the Volvo S60 and V60 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid models which represent the other direct alternatives in this segment. Potential customers will also be considering various mid-sized plug-in hybrid SUVs too.

Driving Experience

The hybrid drive system in the C 300e combines a 211hp 2.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor offering 122hp. Intelligent technology, courtesy of the third-generation EQ Power hybrid transmission, makes for smooth gear changes. If overall efficiency isn't a priority, the C 300e can also be a pretty rapid thing, thanks to quite a prodigious total system output of 320hp, enough to dispatch 62mph from rest in 5.4s en route to 155mph. There's a substantial 700Nm of torque on offer. But it will really feel its 1.8-tonne kerb weight if you start to try and throw the car around; that's around 200kgs more than an ordinary C 300 petrol variant. For those prioritising an ultimately absorbent ride, air suspension is available at the very top of the range. The latter feature is pretty desirable. 'AIR BODY CONTROL', as Mercedes call it, promises a cosseting ride when you want luxury or flat, sportscar-like handling when you're in a hurry. As usual on a C-Class, the powertrain works through a standard 9G-TRONIC PLUS 9-speed auto gearbox which works with the usual 'DYNAMIC SELECT' 'Eco', 'Comfort' and 'Sport' driving modes that alter drive response, steering feel and ESP settings.

Design and Build

There are no visual giveaways to designate this PHEV variant; not unless you count the extra charging flag and bespoke badgework anyway. There's a choice of both saloon and estate body styles. All variants get 'intelligent' Multibeam LED headlamps that adapt to toad conditions are now optional. And if you avoid entry 'Sport' trim, you'll get a 'Diamond Star' style front grille and 18-inch AMG wheels, upgraded to 19-inches further up the range. Inside, providing you avoid base trim, you'll get a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Further up the range or as an option, there's the superior 'COMAND Online' infotainment system which offers internet access, voice control, traffic information data and advanced hard disc 3D navigation. Business buyers will particularly like the 'COMAND Online' system's 'In-Car Office' feature, a Mercedes me connect service which allows drivers use of certain office functions directly in the vehicle and access to important data - almost as if they were in their office. 'In-Car Office' uses, for example, the locations of calendar entries and automatically transfers these to the car's navigation system. The user can also dial into a telephone conference on the basis of a calendar entry, then the system will automatically detect the required PIN access code before simultaneously dialling it. All that's needed is an active data connection. In the back, rear seats space isn't especially generous - and boot capacity falls a lot due to the incursion of the PHEV tech beneath the floor - from 455-litres in a standard C-Class to just 300-litres in this C 300e. The Estate boot capacity is 315-litres, down from 460-litres normally.

Market and Model

Pricing sits in the £40,000 to £50,000 bracket and the C 300e plug-in hybrid is available in 'Sport', 'AMG Line', 'AMG Line Premium', 'AMG Line Premium Plus' forms as both a Saloon and an Estate. To give you some perspective, this 211hp petrol plug-in hybrid model costs around £2,300 more than an equivalently-specified 194hp C 220d diesel. The alternative C 300de PHEV diesel costs cost over £2,000 more than a C 300e petrol model. At least you get plenty of equipment. Even base 'Sport' trim gets 18-inch Aero 5-spoke alloy wheels, Agility Control Comfort suspension, Multibeam LED headlamps, leather sports seats and a 3-spoke multifunction nappa leather-trimmed steering wheel. Most stretch to 'AMG Line' trim, which includes a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, privacy glass, a unique 'Diamond Star' radiator grille, a sports braking system, sports suspension, Sports Direct Steer steering, AMG sports seats and AMG sports pedals. There are two optional audio upgrade choices - a 9-speaker 225-watt set-up and the top Burmester surround sound system. Safety-wise, 'Active Brake Assist' autonomous braking is standard. And there's an optional 'Driving Assistance' package that delivers the 'Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC' system enabling 'level 2' autonomous driving capability.

Cost of Ownership

We've covered some of the key facts already in our driving section. The way that an electric motor powered by a 13.5kWh battery is capable of running the car on electricity alone for up to 30-34 WLTP-rated miles before a 2.0-litre combustion engine chimes in. This Plug-in variant can be charged from 10 to 100 per cent in an hour and a half with a 7.4 kW charger, or in five hours from a standard three-pin UK socket. Based on notoriously unrealistic WLTP cycle figures produced for plug-in hybrids, the petrol C 300e is supposed to be able to achieve between 148.7 and 188.3mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and emit up to as little as 33g/km of CO2. Of course, you won't get anything like that in normal use, but we could see a realistic return of around 60-70mpg being regularly achievable from a C 300e, which in itself is pretty impressive. BiK taxation is rated at 12% - as opposed to 27% for a C 220d or 29% for a C 300d. The insurance group is 40E. What else? Well, you get a comprehensive three year warranty that has no mileage restriction (rival BMW and Audi warranties restrict you to 60,000 miles). And this package is built upon by Mercedes' Mobilo scheme which delivers breakdown cover for up to thirty years, as long as you continue to have your car serviced at a Mercedes main dealer. And it's worth knowing that your maintenance outlay can be kept a little in check by going for the optional Service Care package that takes care of routine maintenance, spreading the cost of regular servicing.

Summary

You'd expect this C 300e to offer a thoroughly well engineered take on plug-in technology - and that's exactly what you get. We're still at the stage where you have to be completely sold into the concept of plug-in hybrid technology to choose a car like this C 300e. If you're not, you'll find yourself wondering whether saving over £2,000 in choosing a C 220d diesel model might not be a wiser course of action to take, given that it'll be the best part of a decade at least before diesel becomes an impossible option to choose with ever-more stringent emission restrictions on European markets. But if you think diesel is the fuel of the past, you'll want to embrace this appeal take on the technology of the future; the relatively near future anyway. PHEV tech is difficult to get right; this model's big reduction in boot space shows that. This C 300e shows though, that in virtually every other respect, Mercedes has quite a handle on plug-in power.

Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
BODY GLASS
  • Electric windows with one touch opening/closing and obstruction sensors
  • Green tinted glass
  • Heated windscreen washers
  • Privacy glass (rear side windows and rear screen)
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Rear wiper
  • Side windows surround in matt black
BRAKES
  • Adaptive Brake System with HOLD function and brake drying in the wet
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Brake calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering perforated front brake discs
  • Electronic parking brake
  • ESP with ASR
  • Hill start assist
CARPETS/RUGS
  • Black floor mats with AMG lettering
CHASSIS/SUSPENSION
  • Airmatic air suspension with adaptive damping system
COMMUNICATION
  • Wireless charging
DRIVER AIDS
  • 360 degree parking camera
  • Active park assist with parktronic system
  • Attention assist
  • Collision prevention assist plus
  • Cruise control with speedtronic variable speed limiter
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport and Individual)
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • Easy pack automatic powered tailgate
  • Remote boot release
DRIVER INFORMATION
  • 12.3" digital instrument cluster display
  • Analogue clock
  • Colour display - 10.25" colour display screen
  • Comand Online HDD Nav with media interface, linguatronic voice control, 2 USB port and one SD card slot in centre console
  • Mercedes connect me
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Service indicator (ASSYST)
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Sports direct steer speed sensitive steering
  • Status display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster
DRIVING MIRRORS
  • Automatically dimming rear view mirror and driver's exterior mirror
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • High gloss black exterior mirror housing
EMBELLISHMENT TRIMS
  • Artico man-made leather dashboard with contrast stitching
  • Open pore black ash wood trim
ENGINE
  • 1 x type 2 and 3 phase 8m straight wallbox cable
  • 66 litre fuel tank
  • 8m charging cable for household socket
  • Petrol Particulate Filter
ENTERTAINMENT
  • Burmester surround sound system with 13 speakers and a 9 channel amplifier with total output of 590 watts
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
EXTERIOR BODY FEATURES
  • AMG body styling front apron, rear apron and side skirts
  • Chrome pins diamond radiator grille with integrated stars
  • Electric front sliding and fixed rear panoramic glass sunroof
  • EQ badging
  • High gloss black rear bumper insert
  • Radio aerial integrated into rear window
  • Solid paint
  • Twin tailpipe design integrated into rear bumper
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • LED Indicators
  • LED tail lights
  • LED third brake light
  • Multi beam LED headlights
HEATING/COOLING/VENTILATION
  • Dual zone automatic climate control
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 2 cupholders in front centre console
  • 3 spoke flat bottom AMG steering wheel in nappa leather with chrome inserts perforated leather grip
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Front door sills with Mercedes benz lettering
  • Gearshift paddles on steering wheel
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Leather upholstery
  • Load compartment cover
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Sports pedals with stainless steel surfaces and rubber studs
INTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
PACKS
  • Keyless go comfort package - C Class
  • Lighting pack - C class
  • Memory pack with Electric adjustable steering wheel - C Class
  • Mirror pack - C Class
  • Night package - C Class estate
  • Seat comfort pack - C Class
  • Stowage pack - C Class
SAFETY
  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • Active bonnet
  • Black seat belts
  • Child proof door locks
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Drivers pelvis airbag
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Front passenger seat occupancy sensor
  • Front side airbags
  • Rear seatbelt warning indicator
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Window airbags
SEATS
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • AMG sports seats
  • Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear top tether child seat ISOFIX attachment
SECURITY
  • Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
  • Central locking with interior switch, automatic locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
  • Chrome surround electric key
  • Urban guard
TRANSMISSION
  • 9G TRONIC 9 speed automatic transmission
VANITY MIRRORS
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
WHEELS
  • Runflat tyres
WHEELS - ALLOY
  • 19" AMG multi spoke design alloy wheels painted black
Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
  • CO: 0.168
  • CO2: 45
  • HC: 43E
  • HC+NOx: N
  • NOx: 0.024
  • Particles: 0.0002
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 50
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 56
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 47
  • Bore: 83
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 1991
  • Compression Ratio: 9.8:1
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Type: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears: 9 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Stroke: 92
  • Valve gear: DOHC
  • EC: Data Not Available
  • EC Combined: 141.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 38
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 38
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 43
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 31.7
  • Any aspect of the vehicles safety cause concern?: Data Not Available
  • Badge Engine CC: 300
  • Badge Power: 2.3
  • Based On ID: 92873
  • Coin Description: e
  • Coin Series: AMG Line Nt Ed Prem+
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 320
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 2.0
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: M1
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 92
  • Special Edition: True
  • Special Order: Data Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: 84
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • VAT qualifying vehicle - Seek advice from HMRC: 90
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: 10-100
  • 0 to 60: Data Not Available
  • 0 to 62: 5.5
  • BHP: 320
  • Engine Power KW: 235
  • Engine Power RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT: 258
  • Engine Torque MKG: 35.7
  • Engine Torque NM: 350
  • Engine Torque RPM: 1600
  • PS: True
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: Data Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/40 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear: 255/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Style: AMG MULTI SPOKE
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1460
  • Length: 4702
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.2
  • Wheelbase: 2840
  • Width (excluding mirrors): 1810
  • Width (including mirrors): 2020
  • Boot Capacity Saloons: 315
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 50
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2415
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 1335
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1870
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Payload: 545
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Your Deal Summary
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£403.94
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£3,635.50 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£336.62
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£3,029.58 Ex VAT
Contract Term (9 + 47)
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
List Price
48,564.00
Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
Excess Mileage
TBC
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
An Arrangement Fee will be applied. Charges for excess mileage and/or damage may apply at the end of the contract.
Personal lease
£403.94
Initial payment (Inc VAT)
£3,635.50
Business lease
£336.62
Initial payment (Ex VAT)
£3,029.58
Your Deal Summary
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£403.94
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£3,635.50 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£336.62
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£3,029.58 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
List Price
48,564.00
Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
Excess Mileage
TBC
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
Vehicle Information
List Price
£48,564.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Petrol Plugin
Fuel Consumption
141.3 MPG
0-62 mph
5.5 secs
Engine Size
2.0
No. of Doors
5
CO2
45 g/km
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Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£403.94
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£3,635.50 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£336.62
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£3,029.58 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC

MERCEDES-BENZ C Class Estate

C300e AMG Line Night Ed Premium Plus 5dr 9G-Tronic

MERCEDES-BENZ C CLASS ESTATE *Model Shown is for illustration purposes only.
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£403.94
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£3,635.50 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£336.62
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£3,029.58 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC