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Mercedes-Benz E 300 Hybrid drives 1968km on a single tank

This is what you call extreme economy performance. Mercedes-Benz has demonstrated the efficiency of the new E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid by driving one from Africa all the way to the UK on one tank of fuel.

Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid Africa to UK

That’s an epic 1968km on a single tank of diesel. The car was driven by Brit journalist Andrew Frakel, who achieved an average economy of just 3.1L/100km during the journey. It included all kinds of weather conditions, including heavy rain, peak-hour traffic, and extreme heat. The journey ended at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

So, what made it all possible exactly? The E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid comes with a 2.1-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine, paired up with an electric motor system. Overall output is rated at 150kW and 500Nm, which is enough oomph to see 0-100km/h done and dusted in a respectable 7.5 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid Africa to UK-harbour

This is an amazing achievement for a vehicle that still relies on an internal combustion engine. Although, in fairness the car that completed the trip was fitted with a factory-optioned 80-litre fuel tank, up from the standard 59-litre unit.

The Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid is available in Australia. Prices start at $109,400 (excluding on-road costs). It’s official average economy rating is 4.3L/100km.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

  • 9900 GT

    4.3L/100km is awesome