Review MercedesBenz BClass (2005 To Date) Used car

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MERCEDES-BENZ B-CLASS (2005 TO DATE)

MERCEDES-BENZ B-CLASS — TO DATE) USED CAR GUIDE

The B-Class has proven of an oddity in the Mercedes range. offering decent quality and of space for four, the B-Class has As a used buy however, it’s one of the around, the diesels being attractive now that the sharp has been taken off the prices. a one or two year old B-Class with like a lower middle mainstream mini-MPV now makes the look rather attractive. Get one been babied and you’ll little cause for complaint.

doesn’t often get it wrong but the B-Class, it developed and brought to a car that rather confused the What was a B-Class? What did it against and why should I buy one? said it was a premium mini-MPV but the prices were way above cars in this sector. was one reason why, while the of Stuttgart’s smaller A-class apace, the B didn’t fare so squeezed into a microscopic niche. If you wanted an Audi A3 or BMW 1 but needed more versatile didn’t care about and had a decent budget, you might buy As you might if you wanted a mini-MPV and mind paying over the for a three-pointed star on the bonnet. A limited marketplace in other Seasoned used car buyers know what happens With a lack of image and in the way of used market driven residuals crumble and bargains can be up for the used buyer who thinks the blend of qualities are just the

MERCEDES BENZ B CLASS

Perhaps emboldened by the sales of long wheelbase variants of the generation A-Class, Mercedes that this was a potential opportunity, plushing up the stretched and charging more for a car they the B-Class. Landing in dealer in August 2005, the B-Class met a deafening wall of buyer most quite unwilling to out over £17,000 for the entry-level model while decently 2.0-litre petrol versions looking rather self with a sticker price of over £20,000 on them. A turbocharged model was introduced to the range a little added but otherwise there wasn’t a deal to interest customers for the biggest bang for their in terms of either practicality, styling or sharp driving

WHAT DO I GET FOR MY MONEY?

Sit in the back of the stretch your legs out and appreciate that it’s with the amount of room in the of an S-Class limousine. Only at the extreme end of the ergonomic scale have any problems with or legroom and there’s ample for three abreast. Despite the B-Class breaks the tape at 4,270mm long. To put that into perspective, a Ford measures 4,342mm from to bumper, making this something of a packaging marvel. So why we all beating a path to our local dealer? The big caveat for many was the price. Many looked at prices, compared them to like a Renault Scenic or a C-MAX and decided that the was just too large. At one point, tried to dub the car a ‘Compact Sports but despite the great strides in made by the A-Class upon the B-Class is inspired, ‘sporty’ is a stretch too far, even in 193bhp 2.0-litre turbo Still, at least the car is quite 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 foot well. It almost like sitting in a jacked-up Elise but for the interior appointments.

WHAT PRICE AM I LOOKING AT?

price for a Mercedes B150 is on a 2005 05 plate. Opt for the SE model and be looking at £8,250 for an 05 plate The 1.5-litre engine doesn’t a whole lot of go and the 1.7-litre B170 is a bet with the SE here costing around £9,000. The diesels are a bet altogether and the B180 CDI is possibly the attractive model in the whole up from a used perspective, kicking off at £9,700 with the ‘box or another £1,000 on top of with the CVT continuously variable The B200 CDI SE starts at just £10,000. Insurance ranges Group 7 through to Group 10 for the models, with the B200 standing alone at Group 14.


WHAT SHOULD I LOOK OUT

A full Mercedes dealer history is absolutely essential, for the most recent models lengthy warranty — for the life of the car — is dependent on servicing by an authorised agent. that all the accessories work and out for cosmetic damage which can be to correct. These are popular for families, so check for wear and in the rear. Also look for the signs of wheel kerbing and repaired accident damage.

HOW DOES IT DRIVE?

The petrol up opens with the 95bhp then there’s a 115bhp and a punchy 136bhp B200. even offered a 193bhp version of this engine will make 60mph in 7.2 and run onto a top speed of 140mph. buyers instead opted for the models and Mercedes offered a of Euro IV-compliant units, the being marked out by the109bhp CDI, while the premier powerplant was that fitted to the B200CDI. A manual transmission is the gearbox but most models available with an optional CVT gearbox. Its ‘manual’ mode seven gears although a proper automatic, it has a torque The B-Class handles neatly with less body than you may expect for such a vehicle. The electro-mechanical power feels a little odd at first, but it and it’ll direct the car’s accurately. The ESP stability control can feel a little over for real press-on driving but it’s fairly vice With a little more to carry around than the A-Class, the B-Class enjoys front end traction, especially when packing one of the more engines.

BY ANDY ENRIGHT

(approx. on B150 model) Allow £55 for a set of front brake and £35 for the rear and about (excluding catalyst) for a factory system. A full clutch would cost around a radiator is about £145 a starter motor can be up to £250. A new would be in the region of £495.

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