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Mercedes-Benz A 200 TURBO

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The B-Class debuted in Canada in the of 2005 as a 2006 model; it was in 2009 with new technology, and interior design changes and standard equipment. For 2010, it basically the same with a few to paint, wheels and some packages.

The B200 is a practical, yet hatchback that’s well-equipped for the It comes with standard such as rain-sensing windshield 16-inch five-spoke alloy cruise control, a leather-wrapped wheel and shift knob, an six-disc CD changer with and Bluetooth connectivity, six airbags, windows, a smart key remote electronic stability program, ABS and control. Besides the power the B200 Turbo adds 17-inch five-twin-spoke alloy and a six-speed manual transmission.

Even though it’s the Benz, it isn’t small. to its tall narrow body, spacious with plenty of for five people and cargo. The seats move eight but you’ll have to use some grease to find the ideal position. The seats have height, angle and lumbar — nothing is power If you want 10-way power-adjustable seats you’ll have to add the seating package, which $750.

From the driver’s you have a commanding view of the ahead; in general, all-around is good. The rear seats are with excellent leg and head The cargo area offers 544 of space. But if you need more fold down the 60/40 seats for 1,530 litres of The rear seat cushions have a flip-forward design so you can in awkward shaped items. A cargo cover also items hidden from eyes.

A hatchback is much cooler to than a boring old station especially if it carries the cache of a From the front end, a silver grille with a star takes centre Chrome trim adorns the with its nice flowing I’d skip the boring of mountain grey metallic on my and go for something with more like jupiter red or delta metallic.

Inside, the cabin like a more expensive There are attractive touches chrome-ringed instrumentation and aluminum surrounding the driver. My tester has a package, which adds front seats and a funky lamella sunroof; it costs

The huge sun roof is a welcome that makes the cabin airy and light inside. The louver tilts upwards the other four louvers back. You can also open the and all windows with the key fob. push and hold a button and all the and sunroof open to cool the car before you step inside that’s a nice bonus on humid summer days.

are plenty of useful compartments storage nets on the front and bottle holders in the doors. For the part, the cabin is well-laid But the turn signal stalk and the control stalk are too close on the steering wheel column; easy to accidentally engage the control when you’re to turn. A rear wiper keeps the view clear out the

Powering my tester is a 2.0-litre inline-four-cylinder that delivers 193 and 206 lb-ft of torque. The base model gets a 2.0-litre engine that pumps out 134 and 136 lb-ft of torque. My tester has an continuously variable transmission, costs $1,500. But I’m not of it — it tends to drone hard acceleration. There’s no all-wheel-drive available offered on the Another option you can’t get is a GPS navigation system.

The B200 is easy to drive and park. It has a tight turning radius, Plus, it has sufficient get up and go. When on to the highway or passing slower vehicles, the turbo has plenty of But its tall body creates body lean when It’s also thirsty to its official fuel economy The B200 Turbo with a CVT is at 9.5 L/100 km in the city and 7.4 on the highway. I much higher during my test drive — 9.6 km combined city and highway Another added expense: it premium fuel. But that’s the you pay for a luxury nameplate.

Mercedes-Benz A 200 TURBO

If you want the bragging rights of a tri-star badge you might to consider the baby B-Class But just be careful with the — you don’t want to the price up into C-Class

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2010 Mercedes-Benz B200 Sports Tourer

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Base $32,400; as tested, $37,015

2.0-litre, SOHC, inline-four

Mercedes-Benz A 200 TURBO
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