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Mercedes-Benz B180 CDI

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SINCE 1998, Mercedes-Benz launched the A-class, the of the premium brand have brought to the masses.

With a that starts at £13,680, drivers in open choice can now have a Mercedes-Benz badge on drive should they one. But there was a significant from this starting to spending £21,000-plus on a C-class which until now had not been

So with all the clear thinking of a school pupil, Mercedes-Benz the gap between A and C and filled it with a B – the new to be precise.

Priced to start £16,995 on-the-road, it fits in the premium alphabet, and pitches into one of the most active of the fleet market, mini-MPVs, the Vauxhall Zafira, Ford C-MAX and a range of other including Volkswagen’s Golf and Honda’s FR-V as rivals.

We’re testing the entry-level the £18,995 B180 CDI with a 109bhp engine (a detuned of the 140bhp unit in the B200

What customers get for their is a premium hatchback with a imposing Mercedes-Benz star on the and a shaped bonnet that ever so slightly at the Chrysler PT

The interior is familiar Mercedes-Benz including a welcome air of quality has been lacking on some recently.

Equipment levels on the model C180 CDI are not overly-generous, but you feel hard done by, electric mirrors, air conditioning, front windows (surely it more money to put manual in the rear nowadays), a folding seat for long loads, CD split/fold rear seats removable seat cushions, and reach adjustable steering, not a full range of airbags, control and anti-skid control Throw in £950 extra and you get the electric windows, with a bit of and rain-sensing wipers.

And as with any Mercedes, you would have to your house to buy all the extras

The interior is roomy and the seats are to fold down, but there is a bar runs behind the rear which limits its capacity to flat loads.

On the road, the six-speed gearbox shifts and the engine revs smoothly.

The is firm, which means can be taken with relative despite the high seating it shares with the smaller but if performance is what you want, dig deeper for the £22,795 B200

But even with just the B180 doesn’t feel with the mid-range torque pretty rapid progress

The B-class arrives with a proposition just on brand but drivers will have to whether sacrifices on practicality rivals offer up to seven the B-class five) and equipment are a move away from the generous world of volume

Fact file

Delivered standard car (P11D value):

CO2 emissions (g/km): 146

BIK % of P11D in 16%

Graduated VED rate: £115

group: 8

Combined mpg:

CAP Monitor residual value:

At a glance

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Brand

Lowest BIK tax

Decent to drive

rivals to consider

Ford 2.0 TDCi Zetec

Honda 2.2 i-CTDi Sport

VW Golf 2.0 GT TDI

P11D price

THERE’S of choice in this sector for £18,000 and £19,000, with offerings from Ford C-MAX and Volkswagen Golf as well as the fully-loaded, top-spec FR-V which comes to the gunwales with leather and glass. By contrast, the B-class is in trim and is sparsely equipped. also under-powered compared to its with just 109bhp the other three offer 134bhp and 138bhp.

Mercedes-Benz

SMR costs

THE Focus C-MAX the way in service, maintenance and repair with a likely garage of £1,524 over three and 60,000 miles. The Volkswagen second spot with a of £1,620, narrowly beating the FR-V on £1,674. The B180 CDI is off the pace here, with its and servicing costs likely to nearly £1,850 over the period. Obviously, these will vary depending on the of care your drivers their company car.

Honda 2.79ppm

Mercedes-Benz

Fuel costs

IF your have a light right they could possibly Mercedes-Benz’s claimed fuel figure of 50.4mpg for the B180. If do, expect a bill of £5,112 for over three years and miles. The Ford is the next economical, returning 48.7mpg its 2.0-litre TDCi engine. behind is Volkswagen’s Golf in top 137bhp TDI spec, on 47.9mpg. translates into a fuel of £5,376. The Honda, with its diesel engine, returns a lowly (for this 44.8mpg.

Volkswagen 8.96ppm

9.58ppm

Depreciation costs

THE Golf Plus has the highest value forecast of this by some distance and it is also the car at the front-end. CAP estimates it will 44% of its cost new after three miles, leaving a cash figure of £10,177 and a 2ppm gap it and the second-placed Honda. The FR-V retain 39% for a cash lost of £11,402. The B180 retains 38% and £11,747 while the Ford just 27%, losing

Volkswagen 16.96ppm


Honda

Mercedes-Benz 19.57ppm

Ford

Residual values

WITH the front-end price and the highest value prediction, the Volks- Golf Plus easily this contest and will 2.5ppm less than the B-class in second.

The Honda puts up a strong case in all but costs, where it is penalised by its engine. Depreciation is the Achilles’ for the Ford Focus C-MAX, high volumes leading to a RV forecast.

Volkswagen 28.62ppm

31.17ppm

Honda 31.37ppm

33.43ppm

Emissions and BIK tax rates

having the highest front-end the Mercedes-Benz offers drivers the company car tax bills. Thanks to its low the B180 will cost a 22% £55 a month in benefit-in-kind tax, £1 less than the Ford. The is also competitive here, the same driver £59 a month. The is off the pace, with a monthly of £68. It’s worth that all four cars jump three tax bands January 1, 2006, when the new tax come into force.

Mercedes-Benz 146g/km/16%

Ford

Volkswagen 159g/km/18%

Honda

Verdict

THE arrival of a Mercedes-Benz in sector is good news for drivers, but the B180 doesn’t win test. It costs too much and is well-equipped than its rivals volume makers. Both the and Ford offer excellent to drivers with families who want some style and fun their company car, but as an package the Golf Plus helped by low running costs and BIK rates.

WINNER: Volkswagen Plus 2.0 GT TDI

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