About MERCEDES BENZ B CLASS
Mercedes-Benz has introduced a new luxury tourer in the form of B-Class. The biggest USP of the B-Class is its space as the idea behind this new tourer is to strive a perfect balance between a luxury vehicle and a practical and comfortable one for long journeys. Not only is there is sufficient room, but also the seats are large and supportive. Mercedes-Benz has picked a leaf from its old instrument panel design book and introduced the old round dials for air conditioning. The diesel variant gets lesser features, but the must haves have been retained and that's why diesel is cheaper than the petrol variant. The B-Class gets a new set of interiors, which will be seen on the A-Class as well. The B-Class comes loaded with bells and whistles like telematics, memory seats, 7 airbags, tyre pressure monitoring system, Attention Assist, ESP and panoramic sunroof.
The 1.6 litre engine on the B-Class produces 122 bhp of power and the diesel is a 2.2 litre with 109 bhp. However, the seven speed DCT makes it fairly drivable. To extract maximum performance, one has to rev the engine a bit harder as that is where majority of the power is. Similar is the case with the diesel engine too. But the diesel has a very good mileage as it returns 16 km/l in the city and about 18 km/l on the highway.
The ride of the B-Class is of typical a Mercedes-Benz, which is smooth and composed. The handling is decent for the vehicle of this size, though there is some amount of body roll as the focus is on ride quality, which is just brilliant. The steering wheel too is light and convenient to drive and park. Now, the reverse parking camera is a standard across all the B-Class too, making it even easier to park. There is no direct competition to the B-Class at the moment as only SUVs are available in this price and no tourers are.
B180 CDI Style
Edition 1 - Limited Edition
MERCEDES BENZ B CLASS B180
|30.64 Lakhs||Get on road price|
MERCEDES BENZ B CLASS B180 SPORTZ
|31.85 Lakhs||Get on road price|
What we like
- The Mercedes B-Class is a first for the German automaker in many ways. It is cheaper, smaller and packaged well.
- As is typical of the automaker’s engine capacity, the B-Class sports good engines, great steering and luxurious interiors.
- It has good cabin and boot space, and comfortable rear seats.
What we don't like
- For its pricing and segment, rivals are cheaper and offer a lot more, though, the Mercedes brand name may not match up.
- The automaker has to still fit into the compact SUV segment. It could do with a 7-seater owing to good engine capacity. And the electric option is not preferred.
The Mercedes Benz B-Class is a first of its kinds for the German automaker, in terms of pricing, styling and attempting to appeal to a larger segment. It debuted as a compact, upscale, sporty vehicle in 2012. The pricing was way less than its siblings which proved interesting. It came with an iterative version in 2015. Its makeover has been very appealing and quality, comfort, design and engines see a change. The facelift ensures that a couple issues in its predecessor have been addressed and it is more complete and consummate. It is definitely a first for the automaker and is here to stay.
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