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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 to collect gold stars on the front with official cycle returns of 64mpg and emissions. We consistently returned in the high 40s on our test.

Would we buy it?

no doubt that the B-Class the premium product its price tag it should be. There’s a weighty, feel to it both in the cabin and on the where comfort and refinement are top for a car of this size.

Its focus is on the family-oriented end of the premium hatch and as such, the engine in the B180 CDI is a fit. It’s lively quiet and generally strong to raise questions over the for the more expensive B200 CDI

If you’re after a family with a bit of class and aren’t of paying for the privilege, the B-Class is worth considering. There’s else quite like it and in with the sleek new A-Class it has the to revive Mercedes’ fortunes in crucial market sector.

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