It is the turn of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate to undergo the Moose Test set up by the Spanish journalists of km77. They took the 300 de 4MATIC to the test track.
The plug-in hybrid comes with a diesel engine of 194 horsepower and an electric motor that delivers extra 122 horsepower. Resources go to both axles via a nine-speed automatic transmission and the company’s all-wheel drive 4MATIC. That’s enough for a speed from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6 seconds.
The all-wheel drive and the electric motor make what the German call the T-Modell tip the scale at 2,215 kilograms (4.482 pounds).The car in the test wears 18-inch Pirelli Cintauro tires.
Despite the heavyweight, the E-Class seems predictable and easy to control. The first attempt on the track goes at 77 km/h, with the one behind the wheel not knowing much about the car. He had no idea which way it was going to go. Due to body roll, the E-Class Estate failed to return to the lane.
At 75 km/h, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate existed the cones area without hitting any. The PRE-SAFE system engaged during the maneuver. It is a system that helps the human ear adapt to the noise that would come up in case of a crash. The result is far from impressive. But plug-in hybrid diesel gave a sense of control at all times, it felt stable and safe.
It easily went through the slalom test, without hitting any of the cones on the track. And again, it prove stable and safe, according to the Spanish journalists.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate is not available in the U.S.
The E-Class Estate is not available in the United States, where the demand for estates is quite low.
In Germany though, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class 300 de 4MATIC T-Modell starts at 62,755 euros. That is the equivalent of $70,323 at the current exchange rate.