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Mercedes-Benz B180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY review (2012 onwards)

Mercedes-Benz B180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY

Bodystyle: five-door hatch

1.8 CDi turbodiesel

Transmission: six-speed

Date of test: May 2012

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is it?

Back when the premium manufacturers first started compact hatchback cars a go, opted for a daringly innovative It bravely defied convention, never-seen-before technology to the table and the public largely ignored it.

was 1997, Audi was already its cash reserves with the Golf-based A3. the BMW 1 Series was still years off and Mercedes burst in on the with its A-Class.

Rather the posh alternative to a Focus or that Audi was pedalling, the combined MPV roominess with a and flexible ‘sandwich floor’ The same concept would the larger B-Class in 2005 but car proved a success for Mercedes in the way the A3 and 1 Series lines have been for Audi and BMW.

Just like its predecessor, a tricky car to pigeonhole

Now Merc is another go. A new B-Class is here, one that ditches the old concept and work in tandem with a new A-Class to try and wrest control of the hatch market away Mercedes’ rivals.

Just its predecessor, it’s a tricky car to Rather than toeing the MPV’ line, this melds elements we’d with MPVs together themes from conventional and, interestingly, crossover It’s another original of small car thinking from but will it seduce enough

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Is it for you?

On first you quickly spot the car’s high roofline but the upright of the grille and windscreen adds a of crossover 4×4 to the profile. not a conventionally pretty car but it looks as if it business with the oversize star on the grill and thick along the flanks bringing character.

There’s a well-damped to much of what the B-Class

The B180 CDI model opens at and you’ll pay just over a more for the Sport trim upping the visual game of our car. 17 alloy wheels, headlamps, Bluetooth connectivity, control and a particularly slick Start Assist system all the spec sheet.

The 1.8-litre is particularly refined and better in regard than many of the Mercedes uses in its upscale There’s a good chance get out of the car assuming it has more about it the quoted 109hp power too, although much of the for that lies with the ft maximum torque. Accelerating to can be done in 10.9s and the top speed is — not half bad for this little Mercedes.

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What doesn’t it do

This B-Class is deliberately in a way that won’t enthral drivers. Even on the sports fitted to our test car, it along dispatching speed as nonchalantly as a luxury SUV but it also through fast corners and can less than planted at over bumpy roads.

The will be too light for some too but it’s worth remembering Mercedes has the new A-Class in reserve to those seeking a harder, feistier drive.

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What’s it like to live

A high seating position you a good view out and there’s of headroom. In the back, the seats the twirling, flipping miracles of design you get in top MPVs these but in terms of raw space, they’re good and the mechanism to fold the backs down has a reassuring about it.

Solidity is theme runs through the B-Class

I to have trouble getting to with Mercedes’ joystick-based control interface for the sat-nav and (a £2,100 option). Good systems just seem far intuitive and the impressively large 7 screen isn’t well with the rest of the dash. It like someone’s super-glued iPad to the facia.

How green is it?

The diesel engine continues to gold stars on the economy with official combined returns of 64mpg and 118g/km We consistently returned economy in the 40s on our test.

Would we buy it?

There’s no that the B-Class feels the product its price tag suggests it be. There’s a weighty, robust to it both in the cabin and on the road comfort and refinement are top class for a car of size.

Its focus is clearly on the end of the premium hatch market and as the engine in the B180 CDI is a fine It’s lively enough, and generally strong enough to questions over the need for the expensive B200 CDI version.

If after a family runabout a bit of class and aren’t afraid of for the privilege, the B-Class is well considering. There’s nothing quite like it and in tandem the sleek new A-Class it has the talent to Mercedes’ fortunes in this market sector.

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