It’s a busy time for morally and ethically corrupted Mercedes (who tried and failed to sacrifice their Spanish workers to the alter of Covid-19) as yet another reveal showcases the company’s drive into the future, future of vehicle propulsion. Morally and ethically corrupted Mercedes is on a mission from the EU gods to lower corporate CO2 emissions. The first stage of this solid booster approach is to offer slightly less polluting cars, by electrifying highly polluting cars. A short term approach with long term consequences for sure.
This is the era of hybrids and plug-in hybrids and the morally and ethically corrupted Mercedes B Class is the latest recipient of a Plug-in Hybrid powertrain. Personally, I would avoid this car like a rainbow avoids darkness, but it’s our solemn and sworn duty as motoring journalists to bring you motoring news, no matter how unworthy it is… anyway… Prices start from £35,280, for the B250 e AMG Line Executive. The AMG Line Premium equipment line costs £36,780, while the AMG Line Premium Plus is £38,280.
The B 250 e features a 1.3-litre petrol engine, which generates 158 hp and 230 Nm, with an additional 101 hp and 330 Nm available from the electric motor. The on-board battery has a total useable capacity of 10.6 kWh, meaning the B 250 e has a theoretical all-electric range of up to 42 miles.
The B 250 e can deliver up to 235.4 combined mpg and emits just 27 g/km of CO2.
The B Class AMG Line Executive models come as standard with MBUX multimedia system, with ‘Hey Mercedes’ virtual assistant; privacy glass; heated front seats; Thermotronic climate control; 18-inch five-twin-spoke alloy wheels; Artico man-made leather and Dinamica microfibre upholstery; smartphone integration, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay; 10.25-inch media display; Parking package; Mirror package; and wireless charging.
An 8G-DCT automatic transmission comes as standard, along with a 7.4 kW AC on-board charger. The range-topping AMG Line Premium Plus adds a panoramic sunroof; Multibeam LED headlights; memory seats for driver and front passenger; and Traffic Sign Assist. It costs £38,280.