The Mercedes-Benz C 300e lists for $82,300 and is the hybrid version of the C 300 that sells for $8K less. This means the C 300e has the same standard features as the C 300, such as leather upholstery with black piano lacquer and aluminium trim, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 10.25-inch media display, sat nav, Mercedes Me assistant, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity, shifting paddles, drive modes, proximity unlocking, power opening boot, rear privacy glass, push-button start and LED headlights.
The C 300e has 18-inch alloy wheels (the C 300 has 19-inch) and picks up a few extra standard features over the petrol car it's based on, such as air suspension and pre-entry climate control, which will allow you to set the cabin temperature while you finish your coffee before leaving for work.
The safety features on the C 300e are impressive, too, and many have a focus on urban environment hazards. You can read about those below.
The C 300e's direct rival is the BMW 330e, listing for $81,900, and while Audi doesn't have a plug-in hybrid version of its A4, the 45 TFSI grade is $73,300. You may not have considered the Lexus IS 300h, which offers great value but still has a similar list price at $81,160.
My test car was fitted with the optional Vision Package, which costs $6300 and adds the panoramic sunroof, Multibeam LED headlights, 360-degree camera and a head-up display. There was also the $900 Seat Comfort package, which adds memory settings for all seat positions, heated front seats and power-adjustment steering wheel and head-rests.
The car was also optioned with wireless phone-charging – it's $400.