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
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.
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