A250e and B250e will arrive in UK dealerships from early October, priced from around £32,500
Felix Page Autocar writer
9 September 2019

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the first hybrid versions of its A-Class and B-Class models as it expands its electrified line-up, and shown them at the Frankfurt motor show

Available to order in the UK from early October will be the A250e in hatchback and saloon forms and the B250e MPV.

The two new variants are powered by a 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor producing 101bhp. The EQ Power-badged powertrain’s combined output is 215bhp and 332lb ft.

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A 15.6kWh lithium ion battery provides an electric-only range of between 35 and 42 miles on the WLTP test cycle, depending on bodystyle and options, and can be filled from 10-80% capacity in 25 minutes using a rapid charger. 

A 7.4kW domestic wallbox will yield a full charge from 10% within 1hr 45min.

Performance changes over the standard A250 and B250 are minimal. The A250e will accelerate from 0-62mph in 6.6sec, 0.4sec slower than the lighter petrol variant. The B250e covers the same sprint in 6.8sec. Top speed is 146mph for the hatchbacks and 149mph for the saloon.

The new battery pack adds 150kg to the kerbweight of each car, but Mercedes says a rerouted exhaust system and repositioned fuel tank mean boot space is only slightly less than that of conventionally fuelled A-Class and B-Class models.

UK prices for the plug-in hybrids are yet to be confirmed, but an increase of roughly £3000 is expected over their petrol counterparts. The A250e hatchback will start from around £32,500, with an approximate £600 increase likely for the saloon, while the B-Class will start from roughly £33,800. 

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The launch of the A250e and B250e follows the unveiling last year of hybrid versions of the larger C-ClassE-Class and S-Class. By the end of this year, Mercedes will have more than 10 plug-in hybrid models in its line-up.

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19 August 2019

I seen a B-class the other day. For a small people carrier, it isn't that bad looking up close. I think cars like that are far more honest than the likes of compact SUV's. They aren't pretended to be anything they aren't, and can be quite practical. 

Anyway. Plug in hybrids merc A & B class. 32k seems a fair about, similar price to the Golf GTE. If you can get one, I see from the VW website that the order books are closed at the moment due to demand. These cars are probably going to be the intermediate future, and can see some incentives from governments to get people to switch to them. I know my work is considering changing to hybrids next

9 September 2019

That's alot of petrol, as a private buyer do the maths first!

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