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Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Car review: Mercedes-Benz B-Class

air waves: the B-Class is shaped a teardrop to help reduce its resistance. Photograph: Observer


Top speed 130mph

my dog, has a good working of the challenges that aerodynamics She’s a chocolate pointer we all?) and her great pleasure is to sit in the seat with the window She’ll start by poking the tip of her snout into the onrushing then slowly ease the out and set her brown lips flapping. toying with the flow for a she’ll go for a sudden muzzle directing her face full gale. The wind tears at her skin and beats her scalp her skull. Then, phew, she into the calm of the cabin, and repeats.

By putting her head above the Winnie is exposing herself to the obstacle facing automotive the air. Aerodynamicists have long and hard to reduce the the wind makes on the simple act of forward and they’ve found ingenious ways to reduce a drag by making it more Initially they did this to their cars faster; they do it to make cars efficient. The logic is simple: if energy is needed to push an through the air, then the amount of fuel will drive that vehicle How slippery an object is depends on two things: its shape and the material that shape. These are as form drag and skin No sniggering at the back!

As Winnie has discovered, a long covered in fur offers poor air A bullet on the other hand, and pointy, has a far lower drag However, a bullet is not as aerodynamic as latest B-Class compact MPV Mercedes-Benz. What? No way! it’s true. Mouths The most aerodynamic shape in is a teardrop. A bullet merely the air out of its way, but a teardrop guides the past itself. A Lamborghini may as if it would cut through the wind, but it Its wedged form forces it so as to increase traction. This it sticky – the opposite of slippery.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

As well as the teardrop shape by its pagoda roof – it bulges in the middle – the B-Class carefully the wind through its grille and its side-panel creases. In all, it is one of the top slipperiest cars of all time.

So, the outside. How streamlined is the interior? are seven new B-Class models to from in various states of starting with the B180 SE at and rising to the B200 CDI Sport at but only two engines are on offer – a 1.6 and 1.8 diesel. At its best, the diesel deliver 64.2mpg and a meagre of CO 2 (just 116g). I drove the which was responsive and eager to That high pagoda means it feels light and and its five passengers could all sport beehive hairdos. a well-judged family car that is enough to serve you well in the and big enough to cope with a laden run to the sun.

So, all good? Yes, except for two irritations: the media screen is on the dash like a conscripted and will look very to thieves; and selecting reverse is all but – the B-Class is clearly only going forwards.

To watch a video of the the car’s aerodynamics, go to

Mercedes-Benz’s network also now offers as well as physical tours of of their cars. The dealerships iPads, pre-programmed with the released C-Class Coupe and brochure apps, as well as the all new Augmented Reality Showroom app enables you to interact with the like never before. a full-scale 3D experience which information directly onto the car by using this cutting technology, retailers are able to use the to dramatise features of the car that otherwise be impossible to show. The Coupe and B-Class Brochure are available to download now from

Mercedes-Benz B-Class
Mercedes-Benz B-Class
Mercedes-Benz B-Class

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