Review MercedesBenz B180 CDI New car

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Mercedes-Benz B180

Review of the new Mercedes-Benz B180 CDI



(7.2 out of 10)

DATE: 07 авг 2008

Stylish transport in the shape of the Mercedes-Benz offers a quality school run to the usual alternatives. Steve takes a look at the B180


The B-Class is a little hard to in terms of which sector it to. Is it a compact executive estate, compact MPV or prestige family Whichever one it is, Mercedes-Benz have sure that it won’t be wanting when compared to the any of these sectors can offer. The represents comfortable, safe, transport of the highest quality.

we examine the entry level model, the B180 CDI, in SE or Sport trim at identical (£20,850). This isn’t and buyers at this level a vast range of different within their reach could perform a similar The B180 CDI goes up against accomplished and very different but aims to carve a niche out for with its own particular set of qualities.

The B180 CDI features the three-pointed 2.0-litre 4-cylinder 16-valve injection unit that’s with a 6-speed manual or the new Autotronic self-shifting option. engine is the less powerful of the same one found in the B200 It generates 109bhp compared to the generated by its more powerful The claimed combined economy of mpg is pretty impressive though, the B-Class’s ample dimensions and a acceleration effort of 11.3 is also to be commended. Top speed is and that should be plenty, CO2 emissions of 146g/km place the CDI in a lower tax bracket than the B150 petrol model.

The B-Class handles neatly with less body than you may expect for such a vehicle although the ride is on the side. The electro-mechanical power feels a little odd at first, but it and it’ll direct the car’s accurately. The diesel engine in the CDI isn’t the most refined you’ll encounter, with in the cabin and noise at higher becoming wearing over but performance is more than The ESP stability control system can a little over zealous for press-on driving but otherwise fairly vice free. a little more weight to around than the equivalent the B-Class enjoys better end traction and the B180 CDI has little getting its full quota of down onto the tarmac.

The represents comfortable, safe, transport of the highest quality

Mercedes-Benz B180

Mercedes has worked to sharpen the of the B-Class and the unassuming front end now a lot more purposeful thanks to headlights and grille. The rear has also been tidied up and are now no models that don’t body-coloured mirrors, door and skirt panels. Standard features electronically heated and door mirrors, front and fog lamps, a rear windscreen with intermittent function, a mounted aerial, an alarm with immobiliser including protection, air-conditioning, electric windows, a Mercedes-Benz Audio 20 player and a multi-function steering with trip computer. are also 16-inch five-spoke wheels, automatic headlights, sensing windscreen wipers, a steering wheel, gearshift and lever, and rear electric

Safety has always been a selling point for Mercedes-Benz and the CDI is comprehensively equipped regardless of level. Both trim feature driver and passenger and side airbags plus airbags for front and rear There are anti-lock brakes brake assist plus an stability programme (ESP) acceleration skid control The remote central locking with an automatic locking and crash sensor. Few cars can the standard safety features of B-Class.

The rear seats all fold into the floor and the boot can even be raised to offer a loading surface. Other touches include a front seat that folds to permit long loads and next to the rear doors to seat belts to be stowed out of the way when loading and unloading. The rear seat back can pop forward, offering an armrest a neat pair of cupholders travelling four-up. The driving is undeniably sporty. The wheel almost vertical and your stretch forward into a footwell. It almost feels sitting in a jacked-up Lotus but for the interior quality.

In order to best appreciate the strides Mercedes have with the B-Class, acquaint with, say, an old A-Class or an M-Class model. Open the box and observe how the hinges look marginally more expensive a CD case. Pull at the floppy of the lower dash. Marvel at how had the chutzpah to put a plastic gearchange in the M-Class that wouldn’t muster in a Kia. The B-Class quite back to the over-engineered of the Seventies, but it’s as good as else out there in terms of quality. Not only that, but the aesthetics are, to this eye at a lot happier than those in the BMW and Audi offerings.

The B180 CDI and handles competently enough but its strengths are its interior packaging and the build quality which to have returned to former The B180 CDI does look in the context of the wider market but knows you pay a premium for the three-pointed and the excellent fuel economy at least help you recoup of your outlay. It may be a tad costly but it is a class act.


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