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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.

has worked to sharpen the appeal of the and the unassuming front end now looks a lot purposeful thanks to revised and grille. The rear styling has been tidied up and there are now no that don’t sport mirrors, door handles and panels. The B-Class has always more about the inside the outside though. Sit in the back of a stretch your legs out and appreciate that it’s with the amount of room in the of an S-Class limousine. Only at the extreme end of the ergonomic scale have any problems with or legroom and there’s ample for three abreast. Despite the B-Class breaks the tape at 4,270mm long. To put that into perspective, a Ford measures 4,342mm from to bumper, making this something of a packaging marvel. dub the car a Compact Sports Tourer, but the great strides in driveability by the A-Class upon which the is inspired, `sporty’ is perhaps a too far. Still, although it make the cover of evo magazine, the is nevertheless a decent steer. And a one. The rear seats all flat into the floor and the floor
can even be raised to offer a loading surface. Other touches include a front seat that folds to permit long loads and next to the rear doors to seat belts to be stowed out of the way when loading and unloading. The rear seat back can pop forward, offering an armrest a neat pair of cupholders travelling four-up. The driving is undeniably sporty. The wheel almost vertical and your stretch forward into a footwell. It almost feels sitting in a jacked-up Lotus but for the interior quality. The dashboard is designed with a neat mix of colours and metallic detailing. specification across the range air conditioning, a four-spoke steering with multifunction buttons, an between the front seats, windows and tinted glass, brushed aluminium trim on the transmission tunnel and door Front parking sensors have made the list as the front of the car slopes rapidly and the body-coloured rubbing strips look as if they’d withstand too scrapes with a concrete before they started to a little secondhand. Mercedes got all the basics right with car but basics don’t tease cheques
out of customer pockets. The genius in the lies in the way Mercedes have in a durable yet intangible thread of Making a bulbous 1.7-litre hatch seem good for money in this rarefied requires some sly machinations once again, Mercedes are at the top of 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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