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Mercedes-Benz B 180 AT Base


TEST DRIVE: THE Mercedes B-CLASS

The compact cars are a whole lot of attention, so why should car makers from Germany be behind? Mercedes Benz the B-class for the first time in a while back and we got a chance to it out for ourselves to see how it really performs on roads and conditions, as well as to see how it looks and feels on road. The car with what Merc a comfort suspension, which higher ground clearance, suspension settings and more 16-inch wheels on the base variant, while the B 180 Sport 17-inch wheels.

It might small compared to a Tata but make no mistake – the stylishly and impeccably engineered B-class is the looker. Viewed in profile, eyes are drawn to the sharp kink that runs the flanks and the unusually long between the front and rear – yes, the wheelbase is a massive The rear is pure Merc too – the most uncomplicated part of the Also impressive is the extremely shape – the B-class’ drag is a low 0.26.

Under the skin, the new B-class retains its predecessor’s – the W245’s – architecture, but ditches the old car’s and expensive ‘sandwich structure’ for a more conventional monocoque. The of the less complicated setup from a cut in manufacturing costs) are of interior space and lower that are easier to slide

What hits you the minute you into the easily accessible is the fantastic quality of materials. The fit and is comparable to the nearly twice-as-expensive and there’s a genuine luxury inside. The black leather feel sporty, and even details like the contrasting on the seats and doorpads and the aluminium on the stalks are absolutely top-notch. The design is smart and we particularly the SLS-style air-con vents and the steering wheel. But although quality is impressively ahead of any big we’ve seen, the B-class feel like it has the torsional of the bigger Merc saloons, but on that later.

The seats are nicely cushioned and ample room for heads and wherever you’re sitting, particularly good provision for in the second row. If there’s a to this, it is with the seat of the rear seats – it is a tad short and the is a bit upright as well. Still, you complain much when you that, even if you’re a there truly is enough to stretch out in here. It’s a cabin – storage space is with big door pockets, two big cubbyholes on the centre console and a big glovebox.

What is truly is the handling, which certainly has a feel to it. The B-class darts corner to corner in a way that is for a car with such a long The chassis is brilliantly balanced and a wonderful neutral feel to the The way it puts its power down is impressive for a front-wheel-drive car too. The is sharp, the grip is fantastic and the stays nice and flat, you to push it even harder. The bit about the B-class’ dynamics is the steering, which is quick, and has been tuned to offer the wonderfully fluidic feel owners will know so In fact, the steering feel is so it will make you wonder if has secretly hidden a hydraulic pump under the bonnet.

Overall refinement is pretty given the size of this but there’s a noticeable amount of noise and tyre roar should reduce with the rubber). However, what’s for is that the B-class’ big, cabin doesn’t feel as as a regular Merc’s.

VERDICT

Mercedes has launched the B 180 petrol at Rs 21.49 lakh up to Rs 24.87 lakh for the Sport making it the most affordable yet, but is that enough to customers bite? The thing is, is a car that can split opinion it’s so wrong and yet so right. The problem with the B-class is not the car itself, but with the Indian mindset that expects a to look very upmarket. And the with its hatchback-like shape, not. A petrol engine is deal-breaker for many these but a diesel option is coming in a time.

SPECS

4 cylinder, in-line cc engine

Mercedes-Benz B 180 AT Base

4 valves, DOHC

121 bhp @ 5000 rpm

Automatic seven gearbox

Rack Pinion

486 – 1545 litres Boot

EXHIBIT RATING: 4/5

PRICE: Rs. lacs (Ex-showroom MH, approx)

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