• July 13, 2012

Diesel Vs Hybrid- Which is Best??

There was a time when diesel cars run on roads, fuel prices were economical and diesel fuel was easily accessible at various gas stations for the road runners. But the drawbacks like smelly smoke coming out of vehicles and difficult to start the engine in cold weather made the diesel cars less popular with time. With the swell  in gas prices and awareness of environment pollution, people are turning more towards hybrid vehicles. Enhancements have also been made to diesel engines to compete with the hybrid models coming to the market everyday. But people want fuel economy, less price and extra mile whether it is diesel or hybrid. IHS Automotive Analyst Devin Lindsay says, “Buyers just look at the MPG on the sticker,”

We have compared two best vehicles i-e Toyota Prius and Mercedes Benz GL Class. Let’ see which one keeps up to your expectation.

Mercedes-Benz  GL350 Bluetec   Toyota Prius
EPA Rating 17 mpg city/21 mpg highway 51 mpg city/48 mpg highway
Acceleration (0-60mph) 9.1 seconds 10.1 seconds
Total Output Power 210 hp @ 3400rpm 134 hp
Transmission 7 -speed automatic transmission Electronically controlled Continuously Variable TransmissionEV/ECO/Power Modes
Seating Space 7 Passengers 5 Passengers
Luggage Capacity 83.3 cu. ft 21.6 cu. ft
MRSP $ 61,570 $29,805


Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Mercedes GL-Class is a luxury SUV that first came in 2007 with two trim levels: GL320 CDI and GL450. The GL320 CDI ran on diesel engines. In 2009, GL320 Bluetec took the place of GL320 CDI. The fuel efficiency was enhanced, the navigation system got hard-drive-based functionality, and the COMAND interface was upgraded. The GL350 Bluetec SUV is the newest version powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine  and “4Matic” all-wheel drive gives you a powerful performance.  An impressive EPA rating is achieved i-e 19 mpg combined. It is comfortable enough for 7 passengers and you can easily relax in it.

Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius is a full hybrid electric car that came in 2001. It was a small sedan in the beginning but the second- generation car got some improvements with  stronger new batteries like nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery pack . However, the third generation became more popular due to its fuel efficiency. The 1.8-liter4- cylinder engine when mated to electric motor can give 134 HP of total output power. The EPA rating of 50 mpg combined gives more mileage.

Two Vehicles that are Poles apart

The two vehicles differ each other in almost everything whether its their  exterior styling or  interior design.
Mercedes GL350 Bluetec exhibits a stylish exterior with automatic headlights, a sunroof , LED running lamps and 20-inch wheels. The parking sensors and a blind-spot warning system keeps you safe while driving. The interior is also lavish and is equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control, heated 10-way power front seats , MB Tex premium vinyl upholstery and a telescoping steering wheel. Mercedes COMAND electronics interface, Bluetooth, Mercedes mbrace emergency communications system are its best technology features. The handling of the vehicle is easy and it is more efficient in terms of power and performance.

In contrast, the Prius is styled with Hybrid Synergy Drive blue accent badge, LED tail and stop lamps, Projector-beam halogen headlamp and 15-in. 5-spoke alloy wheels. The interior is high-tech with the center-mounted digital data panel, dash-mounted touch screen, button-rich steering wheel and joystick-like gear selector. Driving the vehicle is a bit difficult in windy weather and the front seats don’t feel so comfy.

GL350 Bluetec VS Prius

GL350 Bluetec can give zero to 60 mph acceleration times in 9.1 seconds while the third-generation Prius accelerates up to 60 mph in 10.1 seconds. The fuel efficiency of Prius cannot be matched with GL350 Bluetec..But its EV mode give slow speeds even when batteries are well charged.

Quick Verdict

Mercedes GL350 Bluetec is better in terms of space and practicality but it is pricier than the Prius. Both are environmentally conscious cars. Now it’s up to you which one you choose the hybrid or diesel.

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