MercedesBenz B200 CDI BlueEfficiency Sport review (2012 onwards)…

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Mercedes-Benz B200 CDI BlueEfficiency review (2012 onwards)

Mercedes-Benz B200 CDI BlueEfficiency £24,710 (£28,555 as tested)

Compact MPV, five-door

Engine: 1.8-litre four-cylinder 136hp @3,600 — 221lb ft @ 1,600 —

Transmission: Six-speed manual, drive

Date of test: 2012

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class was pitched — as nomenclature suggests — a step up the firm’s entry-level A-Class. The generation B-Class was meant to the same qualities as Merc’s offering, just in a bigger and package, improving practicality.

But the A-Class’ sandwich floor meant compromised comfort and at odd angles — outstretched in of you unlike a conventional chair associated with a hatchback.

But for the new B, a more conventional chassis drawing it closer to its MPV-hatchback competitors. We’re talking C-Max and Renault Scenic .

Where does it fit?

with the above, the Merc faces rivalry in the form of the Golf Plus. Honda and Citroën C4 Picasso to name a

The A-Class offered an affordable way to get a vehicle adorned with a star when it was first and Merc has tried to take concept and run with it for the B-Class.

means although similar in to its competition, the B-Class is pretty the only premium or luxury it what you will) compact MPV on in the UK.

Surprisingly, BMW and Audi don’t an equivalent model

Surprising, that BMW and Audi don’t an equivalent, given the scope to the family looking for practicality but quality at the same time.

be forgiven for thinking the B-Class is a car — it’s actually one millimetre longer than a hatchback. However, the car’s gives it away as a vehicle a good deal more than your average hatch.

Is it for you?

Boot is fairly good, but only on a par the competition — at 486 litres the seats up and 1,545 litres the seats down, it will take an average family’s

With a clever sliding system as standard to balance space and passenger legroom, the makes a good fist of its cabin and boot space to effect as well.

The options list is wide-ranging, so plenty of scope to spec B-Class to the level of an executive if you should so wish.

That if you want a car that offers levels of space with a cossetting ambience, the B-Class is up your street. There is a to pay, however, and that is, well, the price — on that later.


does it do well?

The top-spec makes you feel a bit special, is an admirable quality.

The car’s is fairly light but precise and the Merc a nice implement to In conjunction with a sweet and smooth engine — if some odd grumbles do make heard from under the — it’s a rewarding car to

Although the motor is smooth, from BMW and Audi yield as as 30% more power — in a car 1,475kg, 136hp and 221lb ft feel enough. Maybe because how the engine has been for refinement, but that customary diesel urge never

Everything is just nicely and cohesive

Inside, everything is nicely integrated and cohesive from the iPad-like sat-nav to the air vents in the dash, there’s to the B-Class, which creates a desirable ownership proposition. have a knack of doing those Germans.

It is a comfortable to be in though, and the interior gives the of the B being a much smaller car it is — but in a good way. in direct sight feels quality, soft to touch yet built.

What doesn’t it do

However, out of eye line, go to adjust seat position for example, and palms will be met by hard, fibres. As tested, our B200 CDI Sport would set you back — a lot of money for a small

The base-spec car costs £24,710 and equipped with a reversing (though oddly no parking start-stop system, air conditioning, 18-inch two-tone alloy Bluetooth connectivity, and Merc’s Collision Prevention Assist as standard.

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Your palms will be met by scratchy fibres

With five optional extras the price up to £28,555 — telephone pre-wiring, a media for iPods, DAB digital radio, paint and Merc’s Comand system with sat-nav, control, MP3-compatible stereo and hard drive — the B to get expensive.

It might not be in the same of vehicle, but a new BMW 3 Series 320d will be more economical, cheaper, a more engaging and cope with 99 per cent of that the Merc would, only six litres less space.


What is it to live with?

We mainly the B180 in Vienna last and were impressed with the way the new drove and rode — but with the B200 CDI Sport, with stiffer chassis and on 18-inch alloy wheels, a much firmer ride.

On UK the Sport is worse. The car seems to over even the smallest cavities in a jarring way — the ride does help body roll when the is a bit swifter, but for everyday use, in guise the Merc is just too

And the creaks and groans from the in the rear — possibly in to do with the uncompromising set-up would drive you mad they were that vocal, if it were a problem that beset our test car.

How is it?

Better than average be a fair assessment. The 1.8-litre motor in the B200 CDI is claimed to 64.2mpg combined with CO2 emissions. That equates to tax of £95 every year.

We struggled to the magic 50mpg mark

a week with the car, in at least 350 miles of motorways and A- and B-roads to make it a real-world we struggled to break the magic mark though.

Given a similarly powerful 138bhp Focus C-MAX would you the same in road tax — if its combined fuel economy is at 55.4mpg — the Merc’s at efficiency is a fair one.

The similar spec Renault will return the same economy assertions as the Merc, but only 114g/km CO2 emissions it into the next CO2-based meaning just £30 road tax per


Would we buy it?

It’s an car, there’s no doubt it. But the B-Class does deliver on even if there are a few areas Mercedes could brush up on.

It be to everyone’s’ taste in many of assessment looked at when a new car — not least budget but if you choose the B-Class, you won’t be by its typically reserved yet open magnetism.

Mercedes-Benz A II 200 136 Hp
Mercedes-Benz A II 200 136 Hp
Mercedes-Benz A II 200 136 Hp

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