MercedesBenz B180 Road Tests Motoring The Independent

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Mercedes-Benz B180

Mercedes-Benz B180

Price: £21,290

Top speed: 118 mph

0-62mph: seconds

Consumption: up to 47.9mpg

CO2 from 137g/km

Best Mercedes’ reputation

Also considering? Chevrolet Orlando, C-Max, Peugeot 508

The first launched in 2005, was perhaps the disappointing Mercedes ever It had its good points, including a practical people-carrier body and a sandwich-floor system. This was to provide space for batteries in a future electric version and was supposed to improve crash by ensuring that in a heavy impact, the engine and gearbox be pushed under, rather into, the passenger compartment. But its still outnumbered its advantages; the

rough diesel engine and ride were just two that meant it didn’t feel like a proper should.

Now there is a new B-Class, and it has been transformed. While most of the have taken place the skin, even the superficially bodywork of the second-generation car sets new painstaking aerodynamic work has it a drag coefficient of as little as an exceptional achievement for a car with an upright, practical shape. One difference between the old and new cars is the of the sandwich-floor system at a time interest in electric cars is beginning to take off. But the that the B-Class now sits on the road as a result seems to enormously to its greatly improved behaviour.

There are new petrol and diesel – I particularly liked the sweet-running petrols – and two new gearboxes; a six-speed and a smooth seven-speed self-shifting that uses a dual-clutch similar to Volkswagen’s DSG system. has also upgraded the interior of the but the biggest improvement is in terms of comfort, at least if you stick to the suspension and the smaller wheel and combinations. It is this change than any other which at makes the B feel like a Mercedes.

Incidentally, none of Mercedes’ rivals has followed it into the MPV market. You might think makes things easier for the but I suspect the opposite is true. In the of comparable models from BMW, Jaguar and the rest, Mercedes competes instead impressive cars of similar from mainstream brands as Ford, Citroë* and Peugeot, all sell at lower prices. But the new is a lot better equipped than the old one to that sort of pressure.

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