The 2021 Mercedes-Benz A250e plug-in hybrid has now arrived in Australia, after launching internationally in 2019.
Priced from $63,400 plus on-road costs for the hatch – or $66,000 plus on-road costs for the sedan – they are now the most expensive models in the A-Class range, before moving onto the performance AMG models.
The small Mercedes-Benz plug-in hybrid uses an electric motor producing 75kW/300Nm, and is paired with a 1.3-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder engine offering 118kW/250Nm. This gives the car a maximum combined output of 160kW/450Nm.
Drive is sent to the front wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Electric power is drawn from a 15.6kWh water-cooled lithium-ion battery pack, providing a claimed all-electric range of 73km (based on the Australian Design Rules test) – slightly more than the 71km range quoted in some European markets.
Unlike all preceding Mercedes-Benz hybrid vehicles, the A250e does not have a traditional 12-volt starter motor – the combustion engine is fired up by the main electric motor.
At 150kg, the battery is relatively light, however it does eat into available boot space. The hatch has a 310 litre boot (down from 370 in the conventional petrol model) while the sedan has a 355 litres boot (down from 420).
The hatch is slightly quicker off the line than the sedan, with a zero to 100km/h time of 6.6 seconds. The sedan does the sprint in 6.7 seconds.
The official fuel consumption figure is claimed at only 1.6 litres per 100 kilometres, and tailpipe emissions measure 34 grams of CO2 per km.
The car is equipped with an industry-standard Type 2 plug capable of delivering charge via AC power at a rate of up to 3.7kW.
To maximise the speed of domestic charging, customers can option the Mercedes-Benz Wallbox Home device. This is priced at $1250, and can be installed at home to deliver up to 7.4kW (or up to 22kW on industrial three-phase power).
Fast charging is also available through a DC Charging Package, providing a charging capacity of 24kW. According to the manufacturer, it can fill the battery from 10 per cent to 80 per cent in as little as 25 minutes. This device is priced at $1490.
When driving the A250e in electric mode, the car disengages the combustion engine entirely unless the driver pushes the accelerator beyond a certain point, at which point the petrol engine fires up to provide additional power.
Meanwhile, the ‘Battery Level’ mode effectively does the opposite, relying solely on the petrol engine to drive the vehicle as it tops up the battery.
The car features the MBUX infotainment system with voice control and a digital widescreen cockpit. It also gets the NTG6 navigation system, ARTICO upholstery, 18-inch alloys, and smartphone integration.
Pre-entry climate control is also standard, meaning the A250e’s cabin temperature can be controlled via the 'Mercedes me Connect' smartphone app, allowing you to heat or cool the car before you start your journey.
Standard safety equipment includes blind spot assist, active lane keep assist, traffic sign assist, an accident anticipation system, and nine airbags.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz A250e is now available to order.
2020 Mercedes-Benz A250e Australian pricing
- Mercedes-Benz A250e hatch – $63,400
- Mercedes-Benz A250e sedan – $66,000
Note: all prices exclude on-road costs.