The Mercedes S-Class charges up to 60 kW on a fast charger
Still burning or already packing? The transition from petrol to electric vehicles has never been less stressful, more luxurious and more technically complex than in the current S-Class of the 223 series. Mercedes EQS? Yes, we know it from the current driving report, but it is less convincing, especially for long journeys, than the S 580 e 4Matic driven here with a system output of 510 hp for at least 136,588.20 euros. Anyone who can do without the all-wheel drive, which is absolutely not necessary, saves around 4,000 euros, can still drive up to 90 kilometers on electricity and even has money left over for the 60 kW CCS fast charging connection (combined fuel. consumption: 0.6 l/100 km; Combined energy consumption: 20.5 kWh/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 14 g/km, electric range (EAER): 116 km)².
This is highly recommended, especially because of the short charging time (from zero to 100 percent in just over 20 minutes), eliciting surprised looks from experienced electric vehicle drivers during the test at the Autobahn charging park and , for an additional fee of 500. euros, it seems a little excessive on the part of Daimler is expected. However, compared to the 580 without the “e” and the V8, the extra on-board electronics should have paid for themselves after only a few tank fills (combined fuel consumption: 10.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 228 g/ km) ². Despite the small hybrid, despite the cylinder deactivation: according to the on-board computer, the eight-cylinder does not reach the fastest long-distance consumption of 5.5 liters (and 8 kWh) per 100 km. And so the S-Class looks more economical, not only compared to the upper class.
The biggest power saving is at the expense of the trunk
For short distances, only the 150 hp electric motor (electric test consumption only: approx. 24 to 29 kWh/100 km) is fitted to a nine-speed gearbox, which in turn is fed by a 21.5 kW battery at the back car, enough. Long batteries are at the expense of the trunk or its height, and 350 liters (S-Class standard: 540 liters; VW Golf 8: 381 liters) is just enough to keep the weekend luggage of three people. Last year’s test showed that the Ober-Benz is already silent with a combustion engine. However, the time streamer is still a step here.
At the same time, it is so quiet in the S-Class that you only see the servomotors for the massage function. A scary radio game that quickly causes the eyes to tire of the back. Almost like on an old spring base, the back seat gives a little more, you sink into the soft leather and let the outside world pass you by. If you don’t always use the 2.5-ton hybrid S-Class as your personal expression, but you also like to drive more than one person, you should think about the long version. Despite the overall length of 5.18 meters, there is not much knee room for more than two occupants.
Strong driving, interior with few weaknesses
However, the short wheelbase (including the optional rear axle steering) makes a very strong statement in Daimler in the driving report, which can be further enhanced by pressing the dynamics button. Of course, the S-Class won’t be a board at all, but in Sport mode the standard air suspension upgrades are more attached to the pavement, the steering is direct and the 3.0-liter straight-six is . as well as a reduced E drive for maximum speed. The normal race from zero to 100 km / h takes a reliable 4.9 seconds, and the maximum speed is 250 km / h electronically limited. With such performance, it can not hurt to choose a large brake system, which Mercedes offers for a change for 297.50 euros cheaper.
At the same time, individual interiors are very expensive. High-quality nappa leather, comfortable seats with a lot of curves and a lot of wood trim drive the price of the test car with other extras to around 160,000 euros. For more dollars, a higher level of quality can be expected, which the S-Class also delivers for the most part. Improper aluminum frames in expensive walnut wood or a package shelf in which the assembly foam swells are difficult to reach the high standards of the Mercedes luxury class.
No Storage Pilot for S 580 e
Which finally brings us to support systems. First of all, note that as of September 2022 the new Drive Tester, which according to Daimler is intended to be fully automatic according to Level 3, is not available for hybrid versions. Accordingly, driver assistants, some of which were installed as standard in our test car, are familiar systems that can, among other things, take into account the distance to the vehicle in front, lane guidance or emergency braking. No big surprises await Mercedes customers here – except for the camera-based traffic sign recognition, the systems work almost flawlessly.
The highlight in the real sense is the optional projection lights, which are not only very bright and far-reaching, but can also project some visuals on the road at night. For example, an excavator hovering on the pavement based on navigation data warns that a construction site is only a few meters away. In addition, a clearly illuminated cone is displayed on the road when the car passes. Seven other signs warn and inform the driver, for example warning about insufficient clearance or slippery roads.
Who needs diesel anymore? With its low test consumption, the S 580 e 4Matic impressively demonstrates that plug-in hybrids, when used correctly, have their right to exist and can pass as economical. The fast DC charging connection encourages even well-heeled charge mufflers to drive to the power station and in terms of driving comfort there is currently no car that comes close to the Mercedes S-Class. Deducted from the account of positive points are minor flaws in the processing, a very small list of options (for a generally high price level) and a smaller trunk. However, the S-Class hybrid is not allowed to tow a trailer. (Text and photos: Thomas Vogelhuber)
- Example: Mercedes-Benz S 580 e 4Matic short
- Engine: 3.0 liter R6 petrol engine + electric motor
- System performance: up to 375 kW/510 hp
- System Torque: up to 750 Nm
- Run: All-wheel drive, 9-speed automatic
- Common uses: 0.6 l/100 km + 20.5 kWh/100 km²
- CO2 emissions include: 14 g/km²
- Electric range (EAER): up to 116 km²
- Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 4.9s
- Top speed: 250km/h
- Dimensions (L/W/H): 5.18m/1.92m/1.51m
- Weight: approximately 2,500 kg
- Base price S 580 with 4Matic: from 136,588.20 euros
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