The hybrid car hire market is one of the most exciting sectors of the automotive market. From press to car enthusiasts, everyone is clamouring to see what marques are going to do to push the boundaries for hybrids. This is why Signature Car Hire has added the Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid to its fleet. Autocar.co.uk called this hybrid ''great'' and when you get behind the wheel during your self-drive hire, you will see why.
The role of the engine in a hybrid car is to set the tone for how you drive and enjoy the car. The personality of the driver comes alive through its 3.5 litre V6 petrol hybrid core that filters a sense of dynamism and control throughout the car. The flavour of speed in this S400 is crisp and full-bodied as you can see with the torque of 370 and a top speed of 155 mph. Mercedes-Benz knew what they were doing when they designed the car to shoot from 0 - 62 mph in 6.8 seconds.
The transmission of the S400 is the trademarked 7G-Tronic. Mercedes-Benz has always innovated in the world of transmissions and as a result this transmission system was the first ever 7-speed automatic to be fitted in a consumer car. Its' pairing with the S400 makes it even more innovative. The 7G-Tronic Plus transmission is accented with 7-speeds to show the breadth and depth of this Mercedes-Benz. Alongside the transmission, the suspension system of the Benz is something to behold. Mercedes-Benz is known for their commitment to using technology to supercharge performance. You can feel this with the AirMATIC suspension that is part of the foundation of the S400. This suspension that comes with the Active Damping System helps the car's driving to feel seamless and effortless. These are two accents that many car enthusiasts are looking for in their cars during car hire.
One of the hallmarks of the S400 is how green it is. This is a car for people who want to know that the environment around them is being taken care off. Yahoo! UK said that the car's green credentials are satisfying and we definitely agree. CO2 emissions have been decreased and fuel economy has been improved to 44.8 mpg. The driving dynamics of the S400 point to a future where hybrids will be second nature to the changing consumer attitudes to driving.
The Obsidian Black shell of the S400 is made from aluminium, one of the most resilient materials used in modern car manufacturing. Aluminium's strength lies in its practicality and physical strength. 18" alloy wheels frame the aluminium body to lend industrial glamour to the S400. LED intelligent light headlamps are encrusted onto the frame of the car to guide drivers during all types of driving conditions. The intelligent light system includes excellent distribution of light for motorways, driving at night and driving in the country. There are also rear LED lights for motorists behind you. The windscreen wipers of Mercedes-Benz have received a makeover thanks to the Magic Vision Control system which includes an adaptive windscreen wiper system overhaul that features heated wipers. To make things even easier for the driver at the helm, there is a remote boot lid release feature that makes the exterior even more futuristic than it looks. The exterior also has door mirrors that are electrically adjustable and they come with heated functionalities as well.
The exterior's magic is in its aerodynamic shape and crisp lines which mark it as a true Mercedes-Benz. For car hire when you want to make a statement, the S400 is the right choice to make for a driving experience that you will never forget. It's important to choose prestige cars that have the right style accents - this is a car that doesn't miss a step in the looks department.
The cabin of the S400 doesn't stop the sheer magic that the performance and exterior have already given. The cocoon is draped in leather upholstery which makes this the ideal place to relax after a hard day at work or when you just need to drive for some R&R. From such a beautiful interior, passengers will experience the technological advancement of the S400.
The jewel of the interior's technology is the COMAND system. This includes a radio, CV & DVD system as well as hard disk drive that has 3D map display. There are also European map updates that you can use free of charge and there is even a WLAN hotspot that is integrated into the system. Mercedes-Benz have realised how important Internet has become for their customers which is why they added this feature into the S400. There is also Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call System that can be activated if you get in trouble. For those who like to listen to the news, there is a DAB digital radio tuner that also forms part of the sleek in-car entertainment system. Take a look at parking in this Mercedes-Benz: it is made easier and efficient thanks to a reversing camera and the Active Park Assist control.
The intimacy of the interior is achieved through the ambient lighting where you can choose between 7 colour settings. From this lighting, you can peek at the industrial gloss of the door sill panels that have stainless steel inlays with 'Mercedes-Benz' embossed. The seats of the car are excellent in how detailed they are in terms of comfort. The front seats are heated with full electric adjustment and lumbar support when you are driving long distances. Mercedes-Benz has added lifestyle touches to the interior that show their commitment to attention to detail. Take a look at the storage compartment for your glasses and the illuminated vanity mirrors at the rear for your passengers. With this interior, Mercedes-Benz is showing how far it is willing to do to create the perfect cabin.
The strength of the S400 lies in that there is nothing that is holding it back. From the chiselled performance to its glossy black exterior, this luxury saloon is ideal for self-drive hire or with our executive chauffeur service.