Mercedes Benz B-Class Road Test

Mercedes Benz B-Class
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Mercedes Benz B-Class Review

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Standard equipment on all versions of the new B-Class includes Collision Prevention Assist – a first on a car this size. It is a rader-based system that reduces the risk and severity of a rear-end collision into a vehicle ahead.

Safety and Security

Standard equipment on all versions of the new B-Class includes Collision Prevention Assist – a first on a car this size. It is a rader-based system that reduces the risk and severity of a rear-end collision into a vehicle ahead. It automatically warns you if the car's closing speed is too high, and adjusts the braking to the space available. Every B-Class comes with electric windows, aircon, a driver's knee bag, radio-CD with a USB port and Attention Assist to monitor the driver's alertness and warn if the car starts to drift. Sport models have run-flat tyres, bi-xenon headlights, a reversing camera and privacy glass. So far the car has not been tested for Euro NCAP. But it has been designed to achieve a top five-star rating.

Infotainment

The standard audio system on this car is a high-quality 20 CD system that includes Bluetooth and USB connectivity, an intuitive controller and a new tablet-style central display.

Rivals
  • Audi A3
  • BMW 3-Series
  • Ford Focus
What We Liked
  • More stylish exterior
  • High quality interior
  • Standard Collision Prevention Assist
  • Standard Attention Assist
What We Disliked
  • Folded back seat is not completely flat
  • The auto gearbox
What We'd Like To See
  • A smoother more supple ride quality
Conclusion

Visually and technically, the new Mercedes B-Class is a much-improved car. Its predecessor was a bit dumpy to look at and rather dull to drive, and both areas have been sensibly addressed to give the new car more styling flair and better driving dynamics. Currently both of Mercedes' smallest models chase similar customers, but with plans afoot to make the next A-Class more youthful, svelte and sporty, the new B-Class has been considerably updated to meet the needs of buyers looking for something a bit more practical. It is still no pulse-quickener, but in its new generation it is a thoroughly better car all round.

17 October 2011 Melanie Carter
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Mercedes Benz B-Class Road Test Data
Model ReviewedMercedes Benz B180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY SE
  
Body TypeMPV
ColourJupiter Red
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph10.9 Seconds
Top Speed 118mph
  
Transmission6-Speed manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban52.3mpg
Extra Urban74.3mpg
Combined64.2mpg
  
Insurance GroupTBC
Euro NCAP RatingTBC
Warranty3 Years / Unlimited Miles
Price (when tested on the 17/10/11)£22,060

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