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Mercedes-Benz B 170

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The Mercedes B Class be everybody’s cup of tea but it’s a very way of bringing big car qualities to a smaller Andy Enright reports on the model

First the good Mercedes have put their of poor interior quality them. Sit behind the wheel of a and apart from the nose dives straight out of view, you well be at the wheel of a big E-Class or a beefy R-Class Sports It features plastics quality so far removed from the normal hatch fare that it stands comparison. The fit and finish is and almost smacks of the old school Mercedes style. Step out and think that Mercedes ask a hefty sum for this car and you’d be to stump for it.

The Germans don’t You’ll need £20,130 for an SE and virtually the same amount for the aggressively-styled Sport variant. The rival to the B-Class is probably Focus C-MAX, another well built five Equivalent models retail at £3,000 less than the So why bother? Try to justify it in purely terms and you’ll soon unstuck. The superior residuals of the can’t claw that back. If we’re honest, all to do with badge equity. The truth is you’ll feel at the wheel of a Mercedes B-Class you will if you’ve got a Blue staring back at you and customers pay for the premium. Nobody likes to be when buying a new car and the cynical may point out that this brand equity is simply a way for the premium manufacturers to milk label conscious customers. The is that it is, like anything in the buying process, a transaction and all transactions, it must fit the laws of and demand. Having sampled the I agree that Mercedes have no problem at all shifting entire UK allocation. It’s one of cars you step out of and think, I one of them.

The B170 may be stacked against very talented opposition but have quite the same implacability

The first thing that strike most observers is how bigger the B-Class is than expect. Pictures seem to a chunkily compact little but despite the fact that the is a few millimetres shorter than a Focus, it’s tall and wide. It also tips the at 1,300kg and that’s why the B170 such a decent choice. The below this, the B150, has to do with a weedy 95bhp that struggles to move it any great alacrity. Load the car up passengers and luggage and performance and take a real hit. customers will realise the £1,200 or so to trade up to the B170 transforms the car’s behaviour. of a 1.5-litre engine that to 60mph in 13 seconds, B170 get a far punchier 116bhp unit knock a couple of seconds off the sprint without compromising economy too seriously. Mercedes an average fuel consumption of 48.7mpg for the B170 which is some showing. If you’re of running one as a premium dual company hack, you’ll be to hear that emissions are at just 163g/km. In a bid to further down emissions and save buyers can now opt for a B170 BlueEFFICIENCY which features an ECO start/stop This generates fuel of up to nine per cent in city the engine cutting out when the shifts to neutral at low speeds depressing the brake pedal. A fires the engine back life far quicker than a starter motor. On the road? don’t get me wrong, the B-Class is no of driving nirvana, but it’s a long way since the days of the A-Class elk test. It handles and competently, with perfectly pedals, very good control, keen turn-in and optimised electronic control Keener drivers may complain a slight lack of steering and fidgety low-speed ride but is a far better handler than would give it credit Even the basic architecture of the car a lot to keep the centre of gravity There’s far less body than you may expect for such a vehicle. With a little weight to carry around the equivalent A-Class, the B170 decent front end traction and the output won’t stress the control too heavily

on dry tarmac. Mercedes has worked to the appeal of the B-Class and the unassuming end now looks a lot more purposeful to revised headlights and grille. The styling has also been up and there are now no models that sport body-coloured mirrors, handles and skirt panels. The has always been more the inside than the outside Sit in the back of a B170, stretch legs out and you’ll appreciate it’s comparable with the of room in the back of an S-Class Only those at the extreme end of the scale will have any with head or legroom and ample room for three Despite this, the B-Class the tape at only 4,270mm To put that figure into a Ford Focus measures from bumper to bumper, this Mercedes something of a marvel. Mercedes dub the car a Compact Tourer, but despite the great in driveability made by the A-Class which the B-Class is inspired, is perhaps a stretch too far. although it won’t make the of evo magazine, the B170 is nevertheless a steer. And a practical one. The seats all fold flat the
floor and the boot floor can be raised to offer a flat surface. Other clever include a front passenger that folds forward to long loads and slots to the rear doors to allow belts to be stowed safely out of the way loading and unloading. The centre seat back can also pop offering an armrest with a pair of cupholders when four-up. The driving position is sporty. The wheel sits vertical and your legs forward into a deep It almost feels like in a jacked-up Lotus Elise but for the quality. The dashboard is cleanly with a neat mix of contrasting and metallic detailing. Standard across the range includes air a four-spoke steering wheel multifunction buttons, an armrest the front seats, electric and tinted glass, plus aluminium trim on the fascia, tunnel and door panels. parking sensors should made the list too, as the of the car slopes rapidly away and the rubbing strips don’t as if they’d withstand too many with a concrete bollard they started to look a secondhand. Mercedes have got all the right with this car
but basics don’t tease cheques out of customer pockets. The in the B-Class lies in the way Mercedes woven in a durable yet intangible of desirability. Making a bulbous family hatch seem value for money in this atmosphere requires some sly and, once again, are at the top of their game.

Facts At A Glance

CAR: B170 range

Mercedes-Benz B 170

PRICES: — on the road


CO2 EMISSIONS: 137-175g/km

PERFORMANCE: Max 114mph / 0-60mph 11s

FUEL (combined) 48.7mpg

STANDARD FEATURES: Twin front and airbags / ABS / ESP

Mercedes-Benz B 170
Mercedes-Benz B 170
Mercedes-Benz B 170

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