Mercedes-Benz Australia has launched the plug-in hybrid electric version of its A-Class hatchback and sedan, dubbed A250e, priced at $63,400 before on-road costs and $66,000 respectively.
Positioned above the front-wheel-drive A250 models ($50,700 for the hatch and $53,000 for the sedan), the A250e teams a 118kW/250Nm 1.3-litre petrol engine with a 75kW/300Nm electric motor.
In total, the A250e outputs 160kW/450Nm – 5kW less, but 100Nm more than the 165kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol found in the A250.
Drive is sent exclusively to the front wheels (no 4Matic all-wheel-drive option available to the hybrid like the standard A250) via an eight-speed automatic transmission, while the rest of the A-Class range – barring the top-spec AMG A45 S – make do with just seven ratios.
The result is a zero-to-100km/h spring time of 6.6 seconds for the hatch and 6.7s for the sedan, just 0.4s off the pace of the non-hybrid FWD counterparts.
With a 15.6kWh battery in tow, the A250e will travel up to 73 kilometres on a single charge before switching to the petrol engine for propulsion, resulting in a miserly fuel consumption figure of 1.6 litres per 100km.
Equipped with a Type 2 plug capable of a maximum 3.7kW charging rate as standard, buyers can also opt for a DC Charging Package for $1490 that ups the ante to 24kW to cut the zero-to-80 per cent juice time to 25 minutes.
The petrol-electric hybrid powertrain can be set to ‘Electric’ and ‘Battery Level’ modes, while the usual ‘Comfort’, ‘Eco’ and ‘Sport’ driving modes are also on offer.
Standard equipment includes 18-inch wheels, MBUX multimedia system, digital instrumentation, LED headlight and pre-entry climate control.
Nine airbags, blind-spot assist, lane-keep assist, traffic sign recognition, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and adaptive high beams are also fitted at no cost.