Road test 2009 MercedesBenz B200 Turbo | Driving

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Mercedes-Benz A 200 TURBO

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The B-Class has a cuteness that can endear it to prospective buyers. In this compact crossover, serves as the entry point to the German brand’s lineup, has winning hearts in increasing since it was introduced in 2005.

with the current iteration the midpoint of its life cycle, has given it a facelift inside and out for to further accentuate the B-Class’s to shoppers looking for a practical hauler with upscale Although it didn’t start with all the appropriate trimmings — hubcaps, for example, weren’t target buyers wanted — the now has enough premium trimmings to the tri-star badge with


My tester — a B200 Turbo Tourer — was loaded with features such as soft, Artico leather and Bastogne upholstery, with soft panels on the doors — not the hard so common in many competitive The sport-style front seats, nudged against you in all the right were power adjustable in directions for both the driver and the — again a convenience not typically by both positions. As one would (and appreciate in winter’s heated front seats are

The plastic wheel covers been replaced with alloy wheels on both the B200 and the B200 Turbo.

looking for luxury touches, at this level, expect a audio system and the B-Class My tester was equipped with the package, which features and a weather band, as well as a in-dash CD changer with MP3 The system is Bluetooth compatible and also an auxiliary input in the glove box. The system included the optional media package that added connection cables to integrate about any type of entertainment An upgrade to a 450-watt surround-sound by harman/kardon is also available on models.

The cabin is nicely appointed — the interior gets aluminum Opting for the available premium changes the metal touches to wood.

The upgrade to the premium whether in the base B200 or model, also adds a sunroof that spreads both rows of seating, a wonderful sense of openness.

The sunroof also adds to the impressive visibility overall.

The raked windshield provides a view of the road ahead, the side windows, which cut into the doors, provide visibility left and right. The in the tailgate has been extended to the in the ’09 model — one of the subtle changes in year’s makeover.

Other tweaks to the B-Class a new grille, hood and bumper up and a redesigned rear bumper includes a sill guard to the finish when you’re items in or out of the cargo hatch. The to carry stuff is impressive for a of this size. With the seats upright, there’s cubic feet of cargo Flip up the rear-seat cushions and the 60/40-split seatback — an easy to complete — and you have 54 cu. ft. of space. One added touch — the floor of the hatch behind the rear can be lowered for additional clearance for items.

If your priority is people, the rear bench is and comfy, easily accommodating a of adults — or three young There’s leg room aplenty, One feature I appreciated was the rear restraints, which can be lowered not in use to provide an unobstructed view out the When the bench is occupied, the restraints can be easily raised to the required support and protection.

There is one nit to pick regarding features — the centre console slides fore and aft for arm support, but it not open so any plans to toss into a storage bin there are There is a slim,sliding drawer pops out, but it doesn’t much and is awkward to use.

I no complaints about the vehicle’s The turbocharged four-cylinder in my tester plenty of pep, while the variable transmission kept the spinning smoothly in its sweet

This four-cylinder did demand fuel, however. The dynamics of the will be appreciated by any buyers forced to give up their ride for a more practical While not likely to leave a in its dust, the B-Class, especially the sport-tuned suspension included in the Sport package, delivers handling on twisty roads.

The is a fine package of functionality in a compact-size hatchback that includes the touches of convenience and you’d expect from a brand.

The Specs:

Type of Front-wheel-drive compact crossover

Turbocharged 2.0L DOHC

Power: 193 hp @ 5,000 rpm; 206 of torque @ 1,800 rpm

Transmission: variable

Brakes: Four-wheel with ABS

Tires: P205/55R16

base/as tested: $34,400/$40,675

features: Tilt and telescopic column, leather-wrapped steering and shift knob, automatic control, power windows, audio system with six-disc CD changer, auxiliary input and Bluetooth, cruise dual front air bags, side-impact and window curtain air 60/40-split folding rear with flip-forward seat active front head heated seats with height, tilt and lumbar tire pressure warning retractable cargo cover.

Mercedes-Benz A 200 TURBO
Mercedes-Benz A 200 TURBO
Mercedes-Benz A 200 TURBO
Mercedes-Benz A 200 TURBO
Mercedes-Benz A 200 TURBO

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