Mercedes Benz B200 Turbo Short Test Drive Review

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Mercedes-Benz A 200 TURBO

Mercedes Benz B200 Short Test Drive

To turbo or not to turbo? Apparently, is a pertinent question resonating in the of decision makers and auto alike at headquarters of some of the top luxury car makers in recent Recent advancements in turbo as well as the push for fuel (for a given level of by motorists – in these times of fuel prices – has brought popularity of this age-old but updated way of forced induction. Dr. S.P. guest writes for blog today sharing us his short test drive with the Mercedes Benz Turbo .

With the introduction of the 2.0 TFSI engine from the group and news of recent launch of the BMW 335i with turbo, I have been awaiting for a similar response Mercedes-Benz, at least in our local

As soon I got a call from my Advisor that a B200 is available for a test drive, I at the opportunity. I thought to myself, is a brand-new Mercedes-Benz petrol – with turbo! And this may be the beginning of the end of its Kompressor-era, hinting of a new of forced-fed engines for the all-new W204 in 2007/08 as well?


The (as well as the new A-Class) is part of plan to re-energize the marque to be inviting to a new generation of owners-to-be, has migrated to its arch rival of This is after all a new concept the famed sandwich platform of the in extended wheelbase dimension. dubs this a Compact Tourer – combining spaciousness, versatility as well as dynamism. mixing various different concepts into a hatchback it is still unmistakably Mercedes, a somewhat chunky but sporty extending from the wedge bonnet sweeping up the roof to the muscular rear. Obligatory of any new Benz (e.g. A, SLK, S-Class), up-sweeping flank are distinct bilaterally, further the B200T wide stance.

The B-Class execution as a 2-box (as opposed to the As single box) lent an assurance that its built and made to last. said that, I reckon the interior is just as durable, in black ‘Sport trim, and all. The only item of durability is the multi plastic-panes polycarbonate?) sunroof that look too tropical friendly. how countless ‘modern plastic covers have turned – blurred, opaque, faded, – and even cracked over the two decades or so in our blazing equatorial you would be left wondering too how fancy louvered-opening sunroof withstand the test of time, say 4-5 years down the road?

imagine when you do not have a car park – do you leave it to sunny or trust the advancement of German engineering? I am also curious as to how these thin roof would perform sonically our torrential downpour. The sliding shades meant to cut out glare and through the sunroof seemed a thin for comfort, even it is of a thicker grade than the found in the smart forfour.

Back to the interior, seats are sized, a tad hard but still and cosseting. No complaints about the layout, ergonomics, switches, A/C controls and other switch-columns. For a car measures just 4.27metres in there are abundant in cabin just about everywhere. its elder sibling, the W203 is no match here – so does its nemesis the new E90 3-series. Dont think about bringing the Beemer 1-series into here!

Flicking the gated felt tactile and even the knob looked modern for MB contrasted to trim-grade labeled ‘uncle-ish) knobs of the W211. it now looks refreshing, youthful, and yet classy with the premium emblem. The instruments cluster is to read (ala the facelifted but I found the silver-painted surround too and looking cheap for my liking – negating the contrasting, sporty and effects of chrome rings for meters.

I have to admit to not the new B-Class very much its international launch in Geneva year but this is one design grows with repeated Familiarity definitely did NOT breed in this case! Along 18” AMG five-spoke alloys, the unit looked absolutely and fabulous in Silver Arrows Sporty not only aesthetically but we are taking about 193bhp @ and a wrench-twisting 280Nm starting at a low

Now, how do all these turbocharged translate to on-road performance?

In one Intoxicating.

Having tested DCMs base A170 and before, Id have to say this 2034cc engine makes better use of the already superb CVT transmission. Its smooth and seamless changes enabled what like sub-8 seconds sprint. (For the record, M-B figures of 7.6secs and 225km/h Yes! Take-off was also and uneventful but QUICK! Throttle was crisp and the B200T was very to pull away at a moments Unlike Mercs ‘older tech – where there is a lag sub 2000rpm – this new turbo pulls well right onwards. You would most be corrupted by its linear power from 2500rpm up till but this doesnt mean there is an on-off power i.e. turbo lag of the older engines. There is none. I was 3 figures speed in no time and climbing steadily on the speedo, for more open roads.

swapping of the six cogs available – the 7th the electronic governed ratios to ‘D mode – is quick, and fuss-free. Same shifts when using the behind ‘paddles – more like switches! While the four-spoke steering looked decidedly (with metallic highlights at 4 and 8 positions) and is good to hold, I have traded this for the sporty 3-spokes steering of the Just maybe add a little inserts for the tri-spokes (for which are definitely more in with the sporty-intent of the B200

Mercedes-Benz A 200 TURBO

While we are at the steering issue I found that it vibrated a at idling. Not at all uncomfortably shaking but I its the FF layout that limits how the engineers can insulate the driver from engine vibration. both front wheels meant that the steering is a little too light for my liking and a bigger turning circle, its other ‘classical RWD brethrens. The is also not as communicative as the other Benzes – likely because it is – with the actual feedback a FF Japmobile in fact! I also the driving position a little too for confidence when chucking sporty hatchback around In all fairness, there werent sharp or really fast taken during my brief so I guess handling would not be an with the firm suspension to ultra low-profile 18 inchers. It takes a little getting to the MPV-ish driving height of B200T.

There is a saying you cant win them all. For B200T, its Achilles tendon has to be its and hard ride. Well, you fault the ‘Sports suspension for handling and resisting understeer well but it gets quite and jarring especially in the backseats. so when you morph into a demon and this is something going to be hard to exercise once you have fired up the turbo motor. In short, the of this Avantgarde Sport B-Class isnt what you expect from a three-pointed that cost closed to The rear suspension can be caught over rough surfaces on the Not wobbly or jumpy but just harsh and uncomfortable.

Braking power is sufficiently but somehow still lacks the pedal modulation found on the and the E200K.

Engine noise is not youd complain about of the It roars at high revs, upon manual downshifting and the metallic studded gas pedal to the Yup! It has a nice induction – an aural delight on the go – in contrast to the whine of the C and E-Class. Exhaust is however quite muffled, for comfortable long distance I guess. NVH refinements are generally except for the disconcerting rear roar (not unlike the new Paul and I tested recently) can be tiring on our ears. Maybe its the profile Continental SportContact2 or of sound deadening material the wheel wells.

Seeing it as a high performance top-spec CBU B-model, it may be ‘somewhat justifiable a RM288.8k price tag. Yet at the end of the day, the reality is that the money can get you a decent C230K AV and with this model you are (pun intended) another up on the M-B cars range hierarchy. Its practically booted and still looking, despite the fact the W203 is nearing the end of its product Another option would be the a less powerful but more down-to-earth package thats to RM80k ‘cheaper.

So, I reckon thats the logic most potential buyers apply. Thus, this Turbo will be very and a rare gem for the few lucky owners. one that you would likely it hard to read the ‘TURBO if spotted on open roads.

If I had a longer period of acquaintance this superb new generation

The Mercedes Benz B-Class it’s older brother, the

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