Mercedes-Benz S300L BlueTec Hybrid
The Mercedes-Benz S300L BlueTEC Hybrid is Professional Driver magazine’s Car of the Year for 2014.
Mercedes-Benz specialist fleet manager Brian Luff (second right) receives the Car of the Year trophy from Car of the Year sponsors Chris Brown (second left) of Ethos Finance and Andrew Fowler (left) and Jane Fowler (right) of Chauffeur Rentals.
The luxury saloon has been voted the number one choice for the Chauffeuring and Private Hire industry thanks to its outstanding combination of interior luxury, hi-tech safety systems and outstanding fuel economy and low CO2 emissions, thanks to a well-packaged diesel hybrid powertrain that does not compromise rear seat luxury or boot space.
It’s perhaps surprising that the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has never been voted Professional Driver Car of the Year before – but the 2014 result underlines the quality of the latest version, launched last year. It’s a car that has set a new benchmark for its class, raising the bar yet again for fuel economy and passenger conform and convenience.
Mark Bursa, Editor of Professional Driver magazine and chairman of the judging panel, said: “Last year, the Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTEC Hybrid was our Car of the Year, and by fitting the same diesel hybrid powertrain into the S-Class, Mercedes has created a luxury saloon capable of 50mpg in real-world use, while offering interior luxury that sets the standard for the chauffeur sector.”
Mark Bursa continued: “It’s more expensive than a standard diesel S-Class, but the improved fuel economy means its pence-per-mile running costs for a typical chauffeur are significantly lower than its rivals. And unlike some hybrids, the powertrain has been accommodated without any compromise to rear seat comfort or luggage space.”
He concluded: “Many chauffeur fleets have switched over to the Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTEC Hybrid, and it looks like the diesel hybrid S-Class will be just as popular with our readers.”
The final shortlist
Chauffeur Car - Mercedes-Benz S300 Bluetec Hybrid
Executive Car - Audi A6 Ultra
Estate Car - BMW 520d Touring
Private Hire Car - Skoda Octavia Greenline
MPV - Ford Tourneo Custom LWB
Luxury SUV - Range Rover Autobiography LWB
Green car - Tesla S 85+
Roll of Honour
2013 Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTec Hybrid
2012 Volvo S80 D3 SE Lux
2011 BMW 730Ld
2010 Jaguar XJL 3.0D
2009 BMW 730Ld