Few car lines come in as many configurations as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, so it's no surprise there's a potent hybrid in the product mix. The E400 Hybrid offers commendable efficiency while remaining luxuriously quick, no compromises required.
What's New for 2015
Aside from equipment tweaks, the E400 Hybrid is unchanged.
Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz E400 Hybrid
Available as a sedan only, the rear-drive E400 Hybrid carries the same 302-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 found in the popular E350 model, but in this case it's paired with a 27-horsepower electric motor. With this setup, the E400 Hybrid achieves 26 mpg in combined driving and can hit 60 mph in 6.4 seconds. Other mechanicals are shared with its gas-only counterparts, including a seven-speed automatic transmission and a sport-tuned adaptive suspension. It's worth noting that the lithium-ion battery pack doesn't intrude into the trunk, so you get the same 15.9 cubic-feet of cargo space found in all E-Class sedans.
Standard features include a sunroof, a driver alertness monitor, a collision mitigation system, 14-way power front seats with driver memory, LED exterior lighting, and an eight-speaker sound system with a six-CD changer. The interior is finished in your choice of wood trim and MB-Tex (leatherette) upholstery. Two grades of genuine leather are available.
Buyers seeking a higher level of luxury can specify the Premium package, which adds a navigation system, heated front seats, digital audio storage, a rearview camera, power-folding mirrors, a power rear sunshade and a 14-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system with satellite radio.
Adaptive headlamps and automatic high-beam control come with the Lighting package. There's also a Parking Assist package featuring a surround-view camera system, front and rear parking sensors, and automated parallel parking assist. You might also choose the Keyless Go package, which provides keyless ignition and access, including a hands-free power trunk lid.
The Lane Tracking package adds blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning. You can go a step further and get the Driver Assistance package, which tacks on active steering assists, rear cross-traffic alert, collision-mitigation braking and adaptive cruise control.
Available as standalone options are ventilated front seats, a massaging driver seat, a rear entertainment system with dual screens, a panoramic sunroof and a steering wheel with wood trim or heat.
The E400 Hybrid's packages and options are reasonably priced, but the sheer number of them means you'll have to make some decisions (unless price is no object). We recommend applying your options budget to the Premium package first and going from there if there's room.