Mercedes-Benz recently expanded its plug-in hybrid offerings to the compact class range, with the A-Class and B-Class both being electrified, thus carrying the EQ brand. Currently, there is the A 250 e Hatchback, A 250 e Sedan, and B 250 e.

All three models are powered primarily by the M282 1.33 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 160 PS at 5,500 rpm and 250 Nm of torque at 1,620 rpm. The engine is married to a 75 kW electric motor (102 PS, 300 Nm) that is integrated into the eight-speed 8F-DCT dual-clutch transmission, resulting in a total system output of 218 PS and 450 Nm.

Those figures are certainly healthy – the A 250 e Hatchback sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds and has a top speed of 235 km/h. The A 250 e Sedan, on the other hand, requires 6.7 seconds in the century sprint, but has a higher top speed of 240 km/h. The B 250 e is a tenth of a second slower at 6.8 seconds in the 0-100 km/h sprint, and maxes out at 235 km/h.

The big news is the pure electric driving range. There is a 15.6 kWh water-cooled lithium-ion battery pack installed under the rear seats (eats up a bit of boot space, weighs 150 kg), offering between 70 km to 77 km of pure electric range (based on NEDC cycle). That’s pretty impressive for compact cars, and the top speed in pure electric mode is 140 km/h. Who’s excited for this?