2019 Mercedes-Benz E 300 eThe Mercedes-Benz E 300 e is a plug-in hybrid petrol that is on sale now, with first deliveries beginning in spring 2019.

Priced from £47,450, the E 300 e plug-in petrol joins the almost identically-priced E 300 de plug-in diesel, helping Mercedes-Benz cover all bases (and give an option to the anti-diesel brigade).

Of course, these prices are now without any government Plug-in Car Grant incentive

In the E 300 e, a 211hp 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine is paired with a 122hp electric motor. On the WLTP fuel economy cycle, it records 134.5mpg and emits 46g/km, provided the driver starts with a full battery.

2019 Mercedes-Benz E 300 e

The electric range is 31 miles and the 13.5 kWh battery charges from 10 to 100 percent in less than two hours with a 7.4 kW wallbox. Even with a domestic plug socket, it recharges in under four hours.

If you’re less fussed about economy, it’s quick, too: 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 155mph.

The E 300 e comes in SE spec for £47,450, and AMG Line spec for £49,945. Both emit the same 46g/km and command a 13 percent Benefit in Kind BIK tax rate for company car drivers.

The cheapest diesel, the £38,065 E 220 d SE, is hit with a 29 percent BIK tax bill.

2019 Mercedes-Benz E 300 e

SE specification includes blind spot assist, the ‘widescreen cockpit’ digital instrument panel, 18-inch alloys, electric heated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, 64-colour ambient lighting and keyless go.

AMG Line (pictured above) adds 18-inch five twin-spoke AMG alloys, an AMG bodykit, Artico Dinamica leather, privacy glass and an AMG steering wheel.

Several options packs are available. Mercedes-Benz says the Premium package, priced at £2,395, is popular. It bundles up Comand Online infotainment, wireless smartphone charging, LED headlights and a park assist package including a 360 camera.

However, if you’re a fan of Mercedes-Benz E-Class estates, you’re out of luck. The E 300 e is only offered as a saloon (although you can get the E 300 de plug-in diesel as an estate, from £49,700.