MERCEDESBENZ B Class Diesel Hatchback B180 [1 5] CDI SE 5dr…

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Mercedes-Benz B180

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The B-Class is now the quality family it should always have Jonathan Crouch checks it out

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Smarter, better to more efficient and with more space, the second Mercedes B-Class looks to be of the right stuff. More than a family hatch, frumpy that a 5-seat it’s an interesting and high choice for smaller families.

No model change in the history of has ever seen the introduction of so developments at once as has this MK2 Everything from the platform it on to the powerplants that drive it has re-engineered from scratch, class-leading safety, a sharper and hi-tech equipment. And yes, importantly, we’re promised a ‘premium’ feel in this, the second stab at what it its ‘Sports Tourer’. As for what one of those might be, you can get a feel for the at first glance. Here’s a car clearly more practical and than a Golf or Focus-sized hatch. But not as frumpy and high-set as a C-MAX or Scenic-like mini-MPV. the Mercedes take on compact, motoring for a compact, upwardly-mobile And we’re going to test it.

Driving Experience

So how will it on the school run or on a trip to collect dry cleaning? The answer will a little on whether you’ve the temptation to opt for a stiffer, lower model and/or a set of large wheels. Both will the ride quality that for me, the road going experience as as the fit and finish. This isn’t an sporting car and personally, I can’t see the point of specifying it that Around town, it certainly manoeuvrable, helped by a tight circle, courtesy of the more engine and gearbox installation. To get a for this model’s modestly remit, you’ve only to at the mainstream engines on offer, a 1.6 and a diesel 1.8. We tried the B180 petrol variant, its 1.6 out a modest 122bhp, good to make sixty from in 10.4s on the way to 118mph. The same has been tuned to 156bhp in the petrol model, which 8.6s and 137mph. It’s better though, if you can afford the premium, to stretch to one of the 1.8-litre The basic B180 CDI variant’s may sound a little feeble but still enough to generate of torque — a match in power then, for the pokiest petrol model. And with a tweak to the ECU, Mercedes can bring you the same engine in guise, the 300Nm of torque good enough to power B200 CDI to sixty in 9.5s on the way to a top of 130mph. You stir all this into life with a 6-speed manual gearbox, a Mercedes wouldn’t be a Mercedes the rather better option of an in this case a 7-speed transmission that’s one of those dual-clutch affairs which the next gear before even left the last

Design and Build

Mercedes-Benz B180

If you’d the front grille and badgework an original first generation model, you’d have left with a shape could have been by almost anyone. This MK2 in contrast, has much more of a identity. For a start, it’s sleek for something so necessarily in remit. Compared to this Cd drag factor of just most other MPVs and hatches are about as wind-cheating as the garden shed. Inside, the roofline hasn’t translated less headroom. In fact, actually more, something you notice at the rear where potentially more legroom Mercedes offers in a £70,000 luxury saloon. To really out, you’ll need to paid extra for the EASY-VARIO-PLUS This enables the rear to both recline and slide and forward by up to 140mm to maximise for either passengers or their behind. Which is all very — but now for the best bit. the wheel. It’s very to think of any sub-£25,000 family car feels as good as this one you get into the driver’s seat. a beautifully conceived cabin, the three-dimensional fascia finish to the SLS airvents. From the grippy leather-covered steering wheel to the colour central info (either 5.8 or 7-inch in size) sits on the top of the dash. This, than anything else, is will sell this Sitting here, you reason of course a Ford C-MAX is so it’s a Marks Spencer’s compared to an Armani — but would you rather have?

Market and Model

Whether you to this car comparing it to a Focus-sized hatchback or a C-MAX or Scenic-style mini-MPV, you’ll be expecting to to find a reasonably significant over the price of a mainstream Which is broadly correct, actually, pricing in the £21,000 to bracket means that the may not be quite as great as you might Raise the bonnet on your B-Class model — petrol or 1.8-litre diesel and it’s a bit of a surprise to find a steel rod support rather proper gas struts, but that you should find this quite reasonably equipped. All include alloy wheels, air a decent quality MP3-compatible CD with USB port, daytime lights, Active Parking to help guide you into the spaces, auto headlamps and a Hill Hold clutch to you drifting backwards on uphill and the usual power windows and I wouldn’t necessarily recommend you pay for the stiffer, lower Sport but if you do, you’ll additionally get lowered suspension and sharper ‘Direct steering, man-made ARTICO upholstery, bi-xenon headlamps, glass, sports seats, tyres on larger 18-inch wheels and a reversing camera.

Cost of Ownership

As you’d from the redeveloped engine running costs have kept firmly in check in second generation B-Class — which is why all models BlueEFFICIENCY badging. The sleek Cd drag factor helps, as the efficient electro-mechanical power The most significant contributing here though, is the Eco start/stop fitted across the range, to cut the engine when you don’t it — waiting in traffic, or stuck at the lights. The result in of figures sees both petrol models deliver a CO2 figure, with the entry-level returning 47.9mpg on the combined a figure that falls to in the B200. But of course it’s the that work best on the sheet. Both manage to 64.2mpg on the combined cycle, in terms of CO2 emissions, the B200 CDI 121g/km and the B180CDI just In both cases, you’d be at a range of over 760 miles the 54-litre fuel tank. If you to do better than this, talking to your Mercedes about the hybrid and fuel powertrains also developed for model. Insurance groups between 15 and 26. And depreciation? It wasn’t on the MK1 B-Class, but the improved quality on here should see this car a far more class-leading slab of its when

the time comes to sell.

Ferrying the family around something most of us especially forward to doing. But Mercedes see why it shouldn’t be. In this second B-Class, Stuttgart has made strides in engine efficiency, and hi-tech driving aids. Its importance though, is in proving its capable of delivering Mercedes to the mainstream, True, it isn’t Whether the alternatives you’re are plusher versions of either hatchbacks or five-seater mini-MPVs, find sharper-handling rivals out and many that can offer rear seat space. I a feeling though, that few buyers of this Mercedes be put off by these issues. These will recognise in this generation model the car the B-Class always been. A car that but Mercedes could have

Mercedes-Benz B180
Mercedes-Benz B180

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