@Brightside18 I ran a 2016 new shape Prius (with driver assistance tech) for 2 years on a lease before I switched to the C350e. I would encourage you to keep an open mind and at least test drive the Prius, the smoothness of the powertrain was leagues ahead of the C350e, and it was a nice car to drive, even if it didn't have the outright luxury or performance of the C350e. For example, I was getting a long term average of 70mpg, all year round, that's mostly stop start traffic in London with AC on all the time. I think the absolute worst I got was 35mpg when I was driving it in a really rapid manner. Summers were brilliant, early morning drive to Central London was getting me 85-95mpg, which I really appreciated. In some ways the tech was ahead of MB too, such as the blind spot alerts working even when stationary in traffic (i.e. it would still flash orange if a cyclist or motorbike was approaching from the rear, very handy) - C350e doesn't do that, as the blind spot warnings comes on only above a certain speed (28mph?) - the new E class this year will do blind spot warnings even when stationary too. It was super reliable, nothing went wrong in 2 years.Hi All,
Firstly let me apologise for a question that has probably been asked a million times on here.
In a nutshell i'm currently driving an A8 3.0 and simply put it drinks diesel like no tomorrow especially now that it is no longer really used for long drives (commute to work is now 9 miles each way alot of stop/start going on) occasional long weekend drives but nothing special. I've been considering a hybrid for a while but I can't bring myself to own a Prius and BMW doesn't really appeal to me as a brand.
I have of course had my attention drawn to the C350e (2016 plate registered 2017 is the one i have my eye on) PP with drivers assist bits and bobs from an MB dealer - Plus I have never owned an MB very much an Audi lover to now.
Trying to do research on this car has been very up and down, some people saying stay clear and others saying it's great with little to no faults. i was hoping I would be able to get a few honest opinions on ownership, reliability etc.
I'm fully understanding the MPG that MB claim is none sense and I should expect 9-13 miles on average, this isn't a huge concern as I have charging ability at work and at home.
If you very knowledgeable folks could offer up any opinions then i'd be very grateful.