First review Mercedes GLC 350 e by auto motor und sport

Mercedes GLC 350 e
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Auto Motor und Sport has tested the latest Plug-In model from Mercedes: the new Mercedes GLC 350 e. An electric engine with 115 HP supports the four-cylinder engine.

The haptic accelerator pedal is a green innovation. In the E-Mode, the heat engine does not start unless the throttle is pressed over a clearly defined pressure point. This feature allows a fully electrical drive for as much as possible.

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With a full battery, the Mercedes GLC 350 e reaches an electrical range of 21 km, less than the 33 km promised by the press kit. In the Hybrid mode, the consumption figures show 4.8 l/100 km and 15 kWh. But when the battery energy is gone, the fuel consumption increases to a minimum of 7.7 l/100 km. It is not a bad value, but the GLC 250d is clearly more economical with 5.7 l/100 km.

On the other side, the hybrid propulsion offers very good dynamic behavior with very good accelerations. Pushing the kickdown, the 2.1-ton GLC 350 e sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in only 6 seconds.

Just like in the Mercedes S 500 e, the battery is placed behind the rear seats under the boot and this position shrinks the boot volume by 200 liters.

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This is one of the few disadvantages, because the Mercedes GLC 350e offers a very good ride comfort, a top quality assembly and a very good noise insulation. The four cylinder heat engine never gives a hint of its presence even under full throttle.

The sales will start in the spring of 2016. The Mercedes GLC 350 e is the fourth Plug-In Hybrid model from Mercedes after the Mercedes S 500 e, the Mercedes GLE 500 e and the Mercedes C350 e.

Other six Plug-In models will follow in the upcoming two years, with the next one being a version based on the new E-Class.

Who understands the German language can read the full article right here.