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B-Class continues Benz’s hatch plan

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B200 CGi: Possibly the luxurious C-segment family in the business.

Corporate style: The side creases will be a of all new Mercedes-Benz models soon.

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Verdict: It’s the of current luxury family and it is a genuinely pleasant way into ownership.

However, since the 1990s, the big luxury three each fronted up in the compact market, having seen the trends in their native and realising that, by providing a pricing base, they can a new starting point for cradle-to-grave

Audi is just into its A3, while BMW has a fresh 1-series on its and Mercedes-Benz now offers not one but two ranges of hatches, having been the of the posher German brands to itself in 1997 with the A-class.

It learned a lot from the packaged wee A-class and, that model still by name, it’s a whole proposition now — sportier, lower slung and terrific to if not quite as ground- breaking as its now double-floored predecessor.

Sitting just above the now is — you guessed it — the a slightly taller, larger It conspires to progress the silver front-drive lineup from a starting point as the A-class, the B-class opening at $49,900 and out at $56,900, which leaves $10,000 before the entry-point of the accessible proper Mercedes-Benz: the

The A and the B overlap a touch, which a move from one to the other in the is relatively easy. Also, if you add special bits and bobs the options list of the B-class, in C-class territory. Clever, eh?

the A and B brigade, Mercedes-Benz would had to wait until its potential were a lot older and better off the hatches’ aspirants need to be to new cradle-to-grave customers. That could have been 10 or so years, perhaps more in New during which time potential owners could have made and built completely different loyalties.

The of the B-class is to provide a second up the Benz ladder, although its say that some buyers in to look at the A-class and drive out in the That’s because it looks as cheeky as an A-class, doesn’t much more, but offers family-oriented space and flexibility, showing no compromise in driving

Unlike the original A-class, the hatches from Mercedes-Benz do not anything less in terms of

When you mix the marque’s well-known hewn-from-solid build quality and materials, textures and fittings, two sizes of five-door practicality, make pretty compelling

Although we’ve enjoyed our in the remarkably effective A-class a week with the B-class shows where the logic in thinking is.

The Moore family’s children and its demanding dog need a bit than what the A-class can and we can almost feel the Benz arm guiding us to the slightly bigger, if a tad dynamic-looking, B-class. Sign sir.

It’s less because its taller, but it’s a pretty car, in our road-test treacle brown with alloys.

With a cabin in dark charcoal hide and a replete with gloss black and ash veneer with a of five chrome-dipped circular across it as well as a neat, mounted information screen, did we say wasn’t a proper Mercedes-Benz?

It certainly looks, smells and like one. Like the the B-class has a forecabin that is well laid out and a cinch to and use, but out back it’s a … proposition, with for 1.88-metre occupants to sit behind other with no knees the back of the front seats. something the A-class can’t offer.

The rear seating could be a little higher, as the over the front occupants the best, but all the chairs are well and comfortable, with the front being particularly sumptuous.

We expecting the load area to be as dog-friendly as it turned out to be, but our canine enjoyed the 488 litres of space, that her travelling bed could lie out unlike some SUV offerings manage, while the useful low level meant that in was single action. The rear split-folds 60:40, if the dog has to stay at while you do some awkward shifting.

Considering the car measures 4359mm in length, 1557mm and 1786mm wide, the B-Class good use of what is a fairly footprint, which means a cinch to tuck into spaces and it barely needs its parking aids, except the rear passengers block rearwards view.

All B-Class models come with collision prevention which is Mercedes’ radar-type warning system with brake assist, to prevent collisions, the most common of commuter bingles.

The B-series consists of three engine The starter car is the B180, which up a 100kW/300Nm, 1.6-litre turbo as fitted to the entry-point A180. are two B200s. There’s our 1.6-litre CGi car with the same engine as the but with the wick turned up to 115kW and 250Nm, while the CDi car is a 1.8-litre turbodiesel, offering and 300Nm. All three units use a dual-clutch two-pedal transmission.

consumption is rated at 5.9 litres per with an exhaust emissions of 139 grams per kilometre of carbon You can use less fuel and offend the even less with the but we found that this petrol unit was a treat, off 100kmh in the mid-8-second bracket and to be whistle smooth at all revolutions, through the seven well- ratios almost imperceptibly.

The does offer manual for those seven slots, but the are nicely spaced and the gearbox pre-emptive in its reactions, so although shifting can be fun, what’s the when you can have as much fun both hands on the wheel?

Our test car was not typical of the B200 as it had inherited what Mercedes-Benz a night package, which it had darker tinted side-glasses, low-profile wheels and tyres and suspension. I was a touch dismayed by at pick-up time, as sport and wheels can look brilliant but can ever be pleasant when through pothole and earthquake- roading systems.

On smooth the car’s taut turn-in and steering were brilliant, but I set my on combat footing, as I headed what we call terror in east Christchurch.

Truth is, it that bad at all, although I have traded some of tautness for some more air and between the car and the road, which have saved a few thousand too, and having seen a B200CGi in the showroom, I can’t see the extra $3150 actually the car.

With metallic and electric seats as well as the package and BiXenon lights, the car was stickered at $65,140, or just $1800 less than a sedan. I would have the base B200 CGi at $56,900 and put the on for $1400, which would I could at least see that damage at night.

That might still like a lot for a hatch, but really the materials and build quality of one, not to mention its performance and and that silver star in its it’s good value about what you would pay for a well-equipped and slower Commodore or

Mercedes-Benz’s posh hatch comes into play While I might never to a C or E-class, I would definitely an A or B.

Who knows? One day.

— NZ News

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