Merc E300 - 3.4l/100km economy run

2012-09-18 15:11

A new Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTec hybrid completed a 1335-km economy run between Newquay and Wick, in the UK, on less than a tank of fuel.

The new model is powered by a 152kW/500 Nm four-cylinder diesel engine and an electric motor mated to a 7G-Tronic Plus auto.

In standard form it can accelerate from rest to 0-100km in 7.5-seconds and can achieve a maximum speed of 241km/h. It is claimed to return 3.4 litres/100km while emitting 109 g/km of CO2.


The first example of the car to arrive in the UK set out on an economy run across the island nation.

Former rally driver Mick Linford drove the E 300 hybrid from the main runway at Newquay Cornwall Airport, the most southern active airport in Britain, where it achieved a top speed of 218km/h. Linford then embarked on the 1335-km journey to its northern counterpart Wick Airport in Scotland.

Over the course of the two-day journey Linford encountered real-world driving conditions, including heavy traffic, diversions and challenging weather.

The entire trip was completed out on a single tank of fuel, of which a quarter remained on its arrival in Wick. Had the car carried on driving it would have achieved a theoretical range in excess of 1770km, Mercedes-Benz UK said.

  • marius.viviers - 2012-09-18 15:40

    Very impressive. Could it be a record for medium sized sedans?

  • ronald.ragadza - 2012-09-18 16:42

    How big is the fuel tank on this car?

      mogo.naut - 2012-09-18 19:28

      It has an 80L tank. So 2000 + km is pretty doable.

      qungisbindi.mafendana - 2012-09-19 16:01

      Yey, I almost tried it on my 55L

  • emmanuel.sodubo - 2012-09-18 18:47

    thats very impressive numbers

  • kooskanmar - 2012-09-19 06:18

    ...an even greater achievement will be to sell it at an affordable price. Honestly - Why would you save anyone a few litres per 100km when you rip him off big time when he buys the car in the first place. Being green comes at a hefty cost in a capitalist driven society. Kinda ironic don't you think.

      fredster.mania.5 - 2012-09-19 11:29

      yip, you will have to own the car for around 15 years to make up the saving over the standard model

      mogo.naut - 2012-09-19 12:59

      OR maybe it's not for those that are looking to save a buck here or there (especially not if it's a Merc), but rather adds to the convenience of not having to stop as often on long distance road trips. For example you can fill up in JHB and travel half way across the country and back, and not have to worry about filling up with dodgy petrol in remote parts of the country. Just thinking out the box here.

  • Blixum - 2012-09-19 17:28

    In britain the fuel will get very old in this car...

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