First drive MercedesBenz B180 CDI ECO SE | New Release Car News…

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Mercedes-Benz B180

First drive: Mercedes-Benz CDI ECO SE | New Release — Car News Jan

12:46 Thursday 09 Jan 2014

November, Mercedes announced a of new ECO models which, while on existing models, were to emit less CO2 and stretch litre of fuel just little bit further than predecessors.

We were impressed by the of these models, the A180 CDI ECO SE. but about its bigger brother, the CDI ECO SE?

On paper the stats look Power from the B180’s diesel engine remains at 109bhp, with a 0-62mph of 11.6 seconds and a top speed of also remaining the same. CO2 emissions have fallen by 9 per to 98g/km and fuel economy is up 8 per to 74.3mpg.

Mercedes has managed with the introduction of a range of and powertrain tweaks, including panelling, a new grille, taller ratios and an improved energy system. The suspension has also lowered by 20mm at the front and at the back.

On the road, the B180 CDI ECO SE displays the surprising amount of handling as the rest of the models in the range. plenty of grip through the and body roll is well making for an enjoyable driving Our main criticisms centre the steering, which feels and lifeless, and the clutch, which practice to master.

Mercedes-Benz B180

After a few minutes behind the however, you’ll spot the in the room. The diesel engine well and delivers decent but it’s very grumbly at low and coarse when you take it up to the

On the plus side, it’s a proposition. The interior is cavernous and more than enough for rear seat passengers. also a good amount of equipment and the quality of the interior is exemplary.

So, should you buy one? on the basis that running are a major consideration for any family the B180 CDI ECO SE is arguably the pick of the delivering more than grunt for most users qualifying for free tax and returning economy figures.

At £22,950, it’s more than many of its rivals, the Ford C-MAX and the VW Golf but thanks to the quality of the build and the of the badge, it still represents value for money, especially you factor in its low running costs.


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