The UK car market is struggling to get started again after the Corona pandemic lockdown. One growth area is hybrid petrol/electric cars, which may be deemed acceptable by the green campaigners gradually closing off town centres and cities to petrol and diesel cars completely. If you need to commute and don’t want to face a total ban on access in a few years’ time, then maybe a hybrid is the way to go? Here’s the word from Mercedes UK;
TheMercedes-Benz B 250 eplug-in hybrid is now on sale, with prices starting from £35,280, for the B 250 e AMG Line Executive. The AMG Line Premium equipment line costs £36,780, while the AMG Line Premium Plus is £38,280. The B 250 e features a 1.3-litre petrol engine, which generates 158 hp and 230 Nm, with an additional 101 hp and 330 Nm available from the electric motor. The on-board battery has a total useable capacity of 10.6 kWh, meaning the B 250 e has an all-electric range of up to 42 miles.
The B 250 e can deliver up to 235.4 combined mpg and emits just 27 g/km of CO2. An 8G-DCT automatic transmission comes as standard, along with a 7.4 kW AC on-board charger.
AMG Line Executive models come as standard with MBUX multimedia system, with ‘Hey Mercedes’ virtual assistant; privacy glass; heated front seats; Thermotronic climate control; 18-inch five-twin-spoke alloy wheels; Artico man-made leather and Dinamica microfibre upholstery; smartphone integration, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay; 10.25-inch media display; Parking package; Mirror package; and wireless charging.
For an additional £1,500, AMG Line Premium adds 10.25-inch digital cockpit; augmented reality for navigation; Keyless-Go locking and unlocking; ambient lighting, with a choice of 64 colours; illuminated doorsills with ‘Mercedes-Benz’ lettering; and Mercedes-Benz advanced sound system.
The range-topping AMG Line Premium Plus adds a panoramic sunroof; Multibeam LED headlights; memory seats for driver and front passenger; and Traffic Sign Assist. It costs £38,280.
The only standalone option for the B 250 e – available on AMG Line Premium Plus only – is the £1,495 Driving Assistance package. Driving Assistance includes Active Blind Spot Assist; Active Braking Assist with cross-traffic function; Active Distance Assist Distronic; Active Emergency Stop Assist; Active Lane-change Assist; Active Speed Limit Assist; Active Steering Assist; Evasive Steering Assist; Pre-Safe Plus; and route-based speed adaptation.
Given the B 250 e AMG Line Hatchback emits just 27 g/km of CO2 (WLTP), and has an all-electric range of 42 miles, in the 2020-21 tax year company car drivers will pay only six per cent BIK. For 20 per cent taxpayers, this means just £12 per month.