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Mercedes-Benz A 200 AT Special Series

Mercedes-Benz B 200 Review

By Samir on August 20, 2007

I sat anxiously in a Mercedes CLS while the salesman my paperwork for a test drive. in repose, the CLS is a magnificent machine. in that heady blend of and gravitas . I wondered if my spin in the (available in Canada and Europe) capture any of that Mercedes Sometimes, brand extension (Bentley Continental GT) and sometimes, it (VW Phaeton). So does the B 200 fit in Herr Daimler’s pantheon of pomp and

The B 200’s rakish styling is a of Mercedes’ styling cues. The people mover’s front the familiar three-bar grill a giant Merc badge Yo!). The B’s rear the C-class and M-class, while the profile offers up the same swoops as a CLS– squashed two Mack trucks. On a tall of water like the B 200, the lines are distinctly Picasso-esque.

The B 200’s interior has less than a Ford F-150. The seats are as firm as an old German fabricated from a fabric coarser than her husband’s beard. The center armrest is of an odd rubbery plastic carefully to remind Gen X of their childhood Turtle action figures. To room for the e-brake, the armrest is on its right side– exactly my elbow sought relaxation. engineering has apparently overlooked the that I’m not apt to use the e-brake driving.

On the positive side, the B 200’s operate with silky-smooth And the radio delivers wikkid with the added satisfaction of one per function ergonomics. Beyond Mercitude is strictly (and a la carte. Heated seats, adapter, Bi-Xenon headlights active curve illumination, a tilting and telescoping steering it’s all gonna cost ya. line: even a fully-loaded B have enough luxury to the right to wear the Mercedes

Thanks to B 200’s sandwich there’s plenty of room for real adults. Like Ye VW van and Toyota Previa minivan, the B engine sits under the beneath the passenger cell, downwards. The arrangement frees up for passengers. More importantly, it more snout for crash and helps in lateral collisions are seated above the impact It also raises passengers up, in with the mini minivan

Once underway, the B 200’s DNA finally asserts itself. the petite four-door isn’t on speaking terms with the fast, it goes about its in the traditional stately Mercedes Bizarrely enough, most of the due to the mini-Merc’s Continuously Variable (CVT or rubber band Hooked-up to a 143hp in-line (a 193hp turbo is… more the tag team motivate the 2900-lbs. car genuine grace.

Mercedes-Benz A 200 AT Special Series

The CVT seamlessly the optimal gearing ratio as the demands. Accelerate slowly and the CVT the mini mill at the ideal point. Floor it, and the CVT seamlessly taller while the engine get wilder. Depress the Sport beside the shifter and seven gears keep performance on the preferred side of the oomph / economy trade-off.

Like Mercedes’ A-Class B 200 is a front wheel-drive machine. And a fine one it is too. The electromechanical steering is sharp and direct, on the level as an Audi A3. The B 200’s is a delight. Throw the lightweight the twisties and it’s equal to the easily dispatching turns, and curves without a squeal. All the B’s low slung engine and blessed with a new parabolic axle in back and McPherson and wishbones up front (both twin-tube gas-pressure shock coil springs, and torsion

The ride quality is excellent. The B 200 zen-like calm as it glides most of the road’s imperfections, very little of the commotion to its passengers.

So what we have is a de-contented Germanic budget car with snobby aspirations. not sure if it works. Everyone the B 200 is a Merc, but it’s not a real which is the only fathomable someone might pay $32k for the stripper. Seriously, in the same point you have similar value and better handling in a BMW or a Golf GTI– neither of would dare insult you such low-tech seating and rubbery, plasticky interiors.

That said, the B 200 is a capable, fine-riding small automobile. It no dishonor to the Mercedes brand. But in a crowded with credible it’s simply too expensive for a clunky-looking machine with a interior.

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