Review: Merceds Benz B-ClassBy Chris Walsh
October 01, 2012
With a brand new four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, a new diesel unit and a new manual transmission system (incorporating a new dual clutch transmission), the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class is clearly going out of its way to prove just how new it is.
"No model change in the history of Mercedes-Benz has ever seen so many new developments introduced in one fell swoop," stresses Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management.
"Future B-Class customers will benefit from this quantum leap in terms of better fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions combined with driving pleasure, plenty of space and the highest standard of safety that has ever been available in this class."
"Substantially more agile and efficient than the model it replaces, the new B-Class becomes more comfortable and spacious to boot. And the vehicle's lowered height and more aggressive poise provide a big hint toward the type of drive you’ll get from this compact sports tourer.
In response to requests from many customers, the whole cabin has been given an ergonomic overhaul.
The sitting position has been given a more upright position and the headroom has been further improved to make it one of the best in its class. And the lowering of the vehicle's floor at the rear of the cabin leads to a segment-leading degree of legroom
(976mm), which unbelievably, is actually better than their S-Class super-exec.
The clever design continues on the outside too as the new sporty lines give the B-Class improved aerodynamics.
The roof features a contoured line, which lends the vehicle a longer appearance, while the pronounced wheel arches and feature lines are a nice continuation of the current Mercedes-Benz design.
Refined details such as the ultra-cool headlamps with the new distinctive DRL’s confirm the brand's good-looking credentials.
The B-Class features new petrol and diesel engines as well as new manual and automatic transmissions.
The new petrol engines marks the launch of a completely new engine series.
The 1.6-litre is initially available as the B 180 with 122bhp or the B 200 with 156bhp.
The mpg figures stack up at 47.9 and 46.3 respectively while maximum torque of 200 and 250Nm is available from just 1250rpm.
The new diesel engine, however, is a further development of an older unit deployed in everything from the C-Class to the S-Class. With its displacement scaled down to 1.8-litres, this is the first time that the compression-ignition engine has been mounted transversely in a Mercedes-Benz car.
The B 180 CDI generates 109bhp, while the B 200 CDI has an output of 136bhp.
Maximum torque is improved to 250Nm for the 109bhp variant and an impressive 300Nm for the 136bhp option.
MPG is also improved to 64.2 for both.
Prices start at £20,530 for the petrol B 180 and top-out at £23,180 for the B 200 diesel.
Model: Mercedes-Benz B 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Sport Manual
Price From: £23,180
Power: 136 bhp
0-60: 9.5 seconds
CO2 emission: 118 g/km
2010/2011 VED: £30pa (1st Year £0)