Mercedes-Benz S-Class S400L Hybrid Review
Responsible opulence

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
14 Jun 2014
 

Introduction, Exterior

If you’re currently lucky enough to be driving the previous generation W221 S-class, you’ll find that Mercedes-Benz doesn’t currently offer a W222 S350 equivalent. And the most affordable petrol variant you can buy at this moment is the S400L Hybrid. Though there are plans to bring in the S350 later this year.

For now, your choices are limited to either the S350 Bluetec which we reviewed earlier this year, the S400L Hybrid or for the uber rich, the S500L.

 

Exterior

Externally the S400L Hybrid differs little from the S350 we tested. Both possess a longer wheelbase that stretches to 5.2 metres. More than enough to get you noticed around Shenton Way or Sixth Avenue.

The car has a strong dignified stance that is further defined by its broad shoulders that taper into a pert rear end. But the softer lines of the W222 is easier on the eyes than the last generation that was defined by its sharp lines. 


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Engine

Engine Capacity 3498cc Turbocharged
Engine Type V 6
Compression Ratio 12.0:1
Power 306bhp @ 6500rpm
Torque 370Nm @ 3500rpm
Power to Weight 157.3 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 6.8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 14.7 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed 7G-TRONIC PLUS
Drive Type FR
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type Sedan
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(5116 x 1899 x 1496) mm
Wheelbase 3165 mm
Turning Circle 11.6 metres
Kerb Weight 1945 kg
Boot Capacity 510 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs