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The A-Class from Mercedes is now also available as a plug-in hybrid – and shows how this technology has evolved.

Mercedes Benz A 250e.

Opinions differ on plug-in hybrid cars; for some they are the ideal compromise, for others just an emergency solution; Although they can drive electrically or with petrol, they often carry a drive with them that is not needed.

Whether this type of drive really makes sense ultimately depends above all on how much you can drive purely electrically.

Mercedes’ A250e does its best to leave the 1.4-litre, 160bhp petrol engine off as often as possible. It starts with the battery with 15.6 kWh storage capacity. According to the WLTP measurement, this is enough for 68 km of electric driving. In the test, despite winter tires, ice and snow, it was still almost 50 km, which means that daily commutes can be easily completed. A plus for the little star is that the battery can be charged quickly. The battery takes up 7.2 kW on a wall box; the battery is fully charged again in one hour and 45 minutes. Optionally, the battery can also be charged with direct current and a maximum of 24 kW, so that 80% of the range is available again after 30 minutes.

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Mercedes Benz A 250e.

So you can use short breaks much more efficiently; Most PHEV cars only charge with 3.7 kW and are therefore significantly slower. Even when driving, the electric drive does not feel like an emergency solution. The electric motor provides a maximum of 102 hp and 300 Nm – 50 Nm more than the petrol engine. This makes it feel nimble and powerful even without petrol engine support. If the battery is empty or full power is required, the petrol engine switches on without jerking, so that a maximum of 218 hp and 450 Nm of torque reach the front wheels; Unfortunately, there is no all-wheel drive for the PHEV-A class. Mercedes specifies the consumption as 1.4 l/100 km, which can also be achieved with regular charging. If the battery is completely empty, consumption increases to around 6 l/100 km. On long journeys, the only thing that bothers you is the small petrol tank (35 liters), which is quickly empty in pure combustion mode. Prices for the A250e start at 49,300 francs; only 2400 francs more than for the comparable petrol engine without e-support.

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Mercedes Benz A 250e.

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