Mercedes-Benz C350e - best plug-in hybrid cars

Mercedes C 350e plug-in hybrid - rear quarter
27 Jul, 2017 4:20pm

The C-Class has a refined nature already, and it's only enhanced further in hybrid guise

Like rivals from BMW and Volkswagen, the Mercedes C-Class PHEV delivers frugal running costs in conjunction with decent performance. Combined power is 279bhp, which is similar to its rivals, but the extra weight of the batteries blunts the car's performance. However, as the C-Class isn't quite as sharp handling as a 3 Series anyway, it's not that much of an issue.

There's a claimed EV range of 19 miles - similar to its rivals again - but the best thing to do is let the hybrid system take care of the power management, as it will optimise fuel and battery use to best effect.

What isn't compromised is the C-Class' upmarket feel and smart looks. The only external clue to its plug-in tech is a flap on the rear bumper where the electric socket is, while additional displays on board show you how energy is being used.

Top 10 best plug-in hybrids to buy now

  1. 1. BMW i3 REx
  2. 2. MINI Countryman S E
  3. 3. Volkswagen Golf GTE
  4. 4. Toyota Prius PHV
  5. 5. BMW 330e
  6. 6. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
  7. 7. Volkswagen Passat GTE
  8. 8. Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine
  9. 9. Mercedes-Benz C350e
  10. 10. Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
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