Mercedes S400 Hybrid: Cost-effective, at What Cost?

Mercedes Benz S400 Hybrid

Mercedes' S400 hybrid luxury sedan has received a lot of attention this month after a Canadian market study of 16 hybrids singled out the big Benz as the “only” cost-effective hybrid option on the market.  Let's face facts, though: the S400's clients are less interested in what's cost-effective, and more interested in what they're being asked to sacrifice (in terms of luxury) in order to greenwash their driveways.  I was curious, too, and when a showroom-fresh S400 made itself available, I jumped at the chance to poke around and see what was what.

How does Mercedes' S400 hybrid stack up against its more conventional, V8-powered brothers?  Find out, after the jump.

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