Mercedes BClass is Canada’s little charmer The Globe and Mail

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Introduced to the Canadian in 2005, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class is one of cars Canadians get but Americans – like the Acura CSX, VW Golf and, if you go way back, the Frontenac and McLaughlin Buick.

The iteration – the B250 – is also faster than it used to be, to a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder and Mercedes’ seven-speed automatic which I have misgivings More on that later. this engine also premium gas.

Power for this slick little runabout is set at 208 horsepower, with an 258 lb-ft of torque. This is to whip it from a standing to freeway speed in about seconds. Compared to some similarly conceived models – Kia Rondo, Mini Cooper Fiat 500L – it’s a

But what is most appealing is its This is an everyday vehicle is inviting to drive, reasonably and as comfortable as, well, a Mercedes-Benz. when I’m driving a Mercedes I’m conscious of that fact step of the way – but with the B250, I was impressed with its useability its lineage. It was a nicely engineered with no bad habits.

Well, a couple. For starters, Mercedes’ Direct Select gearshift is pointless and silly. I fail to see how is a better arrangement than the floor- or dash-mounted lever, and I yet to adjust to it, despite having numerous Mercedes models the years. That said, are steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles offset this somewhat, and I these on a regular basis my time with this

Which leads to the transmission. My had a heck of a time deciding gear it should be in, randomly itself up and down and staying too in one gear when it should moved on to another – and vice-versa. The was particularly acute in the morning, cold starts. Maybe speeds are just too much for a car of type?

And lastly, Mercedes’ Eco function. This shuts the off when you’re stopped – at a for example – and restarts itself you take your foot off the Pretty standard fare, but in case, crudely executed. manufacturers, like Honda, engineered this feature so it’s virtually unobtrusive and you even notice it. That’s not the here. For what it’s BMW’s version is equally around the edges, and I hasten to add this is more along the of an observation than a complaint, and you can it via a dash-mounted switch.

Being Mercedes, the B250 have a high equipment Standard kit includes cruise the shift paddles, a huge heated front seats, front windows, hill assist and an electronic parking Most of these features are but the electronic parking brake is Don’t need it, don’t it.

My tester came with the Package, driving assistance sport package and various odds and sods, including a system ($1,950), parking ($900) and back-up camera As an aside, when I was first to Mercedes’ navi system, 10 years ago, it was in Stuttgart, and if I’d it to the letter, I would have up in the Baltic Sea. Things improved since then.


has never come up short it comes to ergonomics and comfort, and the is no exception. Possibly the most seats I’ve parked in lately, with all kinds of room. Fold the back down and you get 1,500 litres of room which, unless you large objects around on a basis, is plenty. Four will fit comfortably. I like blurb on the interior of the B250: is restored to the unpredictability of life in the new

From a starting price of than $30,000, the B250 up into the big leagues rapidly. all the extras, packages and goodies you’re looking at almost More after taxes and All things considered, this value is found in the base with none of the above.

Mercedes-Benz B250

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Base $29,900; as tested: $38,680

2.0-litre, turbocharged, four-cylinder

208 hp/258 lb-ft

Transmission: automatic with manual feature

Drive: Front-wheel

Fuel (litres/100 km): 7.9 city/ 5.5 premium gas

Alternatives: Kia Rondo, Toyota Matrix, Mini Clubman, Fiat 500L, Orlando, Honda Crosstour, Prius v, Ford C-Max, Elantra Touring, Lexus

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

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