MercedesBenz B180 CDI BlueEfficiency CARmag co za

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Mercedes-Benz B180

Mercedes-Benz B180 CDI BlueEfficiency

one thing that bothers me the B-Class, and that’s Mercedes punting it as a pukka rival to hatcbacks a la Golf and A3. After the launch in Durban I have few reservations about the all-new B-Class, which makes a lot of considering that Mercedes-Benz is targeting a younger audience. young, and I like it, but the new B-Class credit for being what it is different.

I mean different as in from traditional rivals and from before. I can’t but admire the effort from the in Stuttgart. Realising that the old and first generation B were not AS liked as they had hoped doesn’t mean that didn’t manage to sell a few with some people as far as calling them “non-Mercedes, cars” they cleaned the and started anew.

New platform, new

The result is a totally new platform the new B also shares with the new which has actually turned out to be a car really looking forward to. On the the B-Class is visibly more than before it is wider and its has been lowered too. are fewer generic MPV traits on the as well; the gentle slope on the and that headlamp design fool the untrained eye into the B-Class for an E-Class Estate, and the creases in the door panels add a appeal changes that what are unquestionably improved

Unmistakably Mercedes-Benz inside

the solid and weighty driver’s door and sitting down, I felt comfortable. The new B-Class has of a “bathtub effect” than which, again, aids in the of sitting inside of and between, than on top of or over all the working The facia is more upright side to side, which the steering position more if you’re of average height step away from which is appreciated.

There’s little to complain inside as well, as significant to bring the A- and B-Class in line the perceived quality traditionally with the three-pointed star become apparent. Much of the design is aesthetically pleasing, but one of its is actually where the B-Class to be a bit too modern. The centrally mounted screen that has been like a tablet computer is a unit, but looks like it fold away. It comes to personal preference, but I think it with the rest of the design.

As for the of the cabin, there’s obviously of headroom that comes the B-Class’s raised profile, it a bit of an oddball, but that impression of results in a comfortable position the wheel. On the matter of space, all models now come with tyres as standard, so there’s room behind the rear for loading luggage, and if the standard 486 dm3 suit your needs, the optional Easy-Vario-Plus loading includes sliding rear that can move an extra 140 mm freeing up as much as 666 dm3 with the seats still in their position.

Just diesels for now

As the petrol are being adapted to suit the of fuel currently available in Africa, we were only to sample the two turbodiesels available on the The cheaper B180 CDI, isn’t too far down on the B200 CDI in of outputs, was my chariot for the afternoon, and I wasn’t blown away, I was surprised at the smooth and refined of the BlueEfficiency-optimised oil-burner. The model I was also equipped with the new transmission which isn’t geared for outright performance, but if and economy are your main then you can’t really go with this system.

What did annoy me was the slow of momentum when what I expected from keeping the in its maximum torque range was a shove especially apparent faced with overtaking As it turns out, even 250 N.m of torque available as low as 1 400 r/min you to be generous with the revs to all 80 kW which is a disappointment by modern for blown diesels anyway. But I said, if you’re willing to left for the majority of your adventures, then the B180 sip under 5 litres/100 km, as indicated on my drive by the real-time consumption on the trip computer.

Of course, a Mercedes-Benz, the B-Class features a of passive and active safety but since I’m not in the habit of those appliances anyway I more attention to the options to the launch unit after we for lunch. The likes of a R6 000 Harmann sound system, R11 600 Night which adds tinted glass, 18-inch wheels and lamps to the sports package costs R1 600 less) and Intelligent System makes more to me than paying R10 000 for a panoramic sunroof or R20 000 for the Comand Online system that also the driver to read his/her news feed while on the go.

I really do like this new and while I appreciate Mercedes-Benz’s to make this a little sporty, I don’t think should market this as a rival to smaller hatchbacks. they’ve shaken off some of the looks from traditionalist types for the B-Class being it is, but I’d rather just be that it’s so niche it manage to attract potential from more than one The diesels aren’t too bad for the purposes of but I’m going to reserve on the B-Class until the petrol arrive later this


Model: Mercedes-Benz CDI BE

Engine: 1,8-litre, four-cylinder

Power: 80 kW at 3 200 4 600 r/min

Torque: 250 N.m at 1 400 1 800

0-100 km/h: 10,7

Fuel consumption: 4,4 – 4,7 litres/100 km


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