Mercedes B-Class

Mercedes B Class

The new Mercedes B Class, as with the previous car, is based on the smaller A Class, while the old car had more of a standalone MPV style  the new one has the appearance of larger brother to its smaller sibling, making it both stylish and roomy. The new B Class is wider and longer than the outgoing model, with 50mm more between the front and rear axles. The extra space this affords has been used for cabin space, resulting in very generous front and rear legroom, the boot, while easy to access, has shrunk 31 litres to 455 litres capacity (diesel cars have a 445 litre boot – adblue tank) and presently, due to change later in the year, the rear seats are fixed and do not slide forwards to offer up the option of more boot space, they do drop flat individually.

 

The B Class sitting position is 9cm higher than the A Class and the wide opening doors make for easy access, once inside you are greeted by a wonderfully laid out dash, the twin screens are delightful and really set it apart from the VW Golf SV and BMW Active Tourer. The standard dials have been replaced by a 7 inch screen that is customisable, sitting next to this is a 7 inch touchscreen that controls the in car infotainment, should you wish to upgrade to a 10.25 inch touchscreen you have to add the Executive pack, £1395, also includes automatic parking, heated seats and folding wing mirrors. For the full effect of having both screens 10.25 inches in size, the Premium pack, £2259, this also adds 64 different colours for your cabin lights, keyless entry and an upgraded sound system as well as all the Executive pack. To add Apple Carplay / Android Auto (should be standard) the Advanced Connectivity package, £495, also gives you wireless charging for your phone.

 

Two trim lines are avaialble, Sport and AMG Line. Sport cars have 17 inch alloy wheels, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, two-zone climate control, keyless entry and push-button start. For safety, you get auto city braking, attention assist and lane-keep assist. AMG Line cars have 18 inch AMG alloy wheels, lowered suspension, sportier steering system and an AMG bodykit and AMG flashes across the car.

The three engines are a 1.33 litre petrol with 134bhp (B180) or 161bhp (B200), the 114bhp 1.5 litre diesel B180d and the 1.95 litre diesel B200d that offers 148 bhp. Presently all cars are fitted with a dual clutch Automatic gearbox with 7 gears (8 gears for B200d). The B180 performs well around town and without load carrying responsibilities on longer trips, 0-62 miles per hour in 9 seconds and a top speed of 132mph and claimed economy of 47.1 miles per gallon. The B200 adds 50nm of torque (250) and drops the sprint time to 8.2 seconds  and the top speed increases to 139mpg and the economy claimed is 46.3mpg. The B180d can reach 62mph in 10.7 seconds and reach 124mph, economy is a claimed 60.1 mpg. The B200d offers excellent pulling power, the 320nm of torque dragging the car to 62mph in 8.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 136mph and economy of 57.7 miles per gallon.

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Petrol

Spring Best Buy –  Mercedes B-Class B180 1.33 134bhp petrol 7 speed Automatic ‘Sport’  –  £999 Advance Payment (£68.07 wpms) or £1399 (£297 wpms) in AMG Line trim

Spring Best Buy –  Mercedes B-Class B200 1.33 161bhp petrol 7 speed Automatic ‘AMG Line’  –  £1999 Advance Payment (£897 wpms)

Diesel

Spring Best Buy –  Mercedes B-Class B180d 1.5 114bhp diesel  7 Speed Automatic  ‘AMG Line’  –  £1899 Advance Payment (£797 wpms)

Spring Best Buy –  Mercedes B-Class B200d 1.95 148bhp diesel 8 Speed Automatic  ‘AMG Line’  –  £2499 Advance Payment (£1397 wpms)

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