New Mercedes B-Class Review
2005 saw Mercedes release their compact sports tourer, the B-Class. Taking up a smaller amount of road space than a Ford Focus, the B-Class however has more capacity than a Mondeo Estate, making it a popular choice for the family driver.
Although the B-Class is not an MPV and there is no seven-seat version on offer, there is plenty of room for five people, in fact there is more space in the B-Class than plenty of other more expensive vehicles. There is an option of removable seats, but with the amount of space on offer in the standard vehicle, you may as well just save your cash.
As with the A-Class, the B-Class uses the "Sandwich" Chassis system, In the event of a serious frontal impact the engine and transmission slides back underneath the floor below the pedals, this minimises intrusion into the passenger compartment and therefore reduces injuries to the lower limbs. If the impact is lateral then the B-Class also has an advantage over its competitors, because the occupants are sitting approximately 200 mm's higher than in a conventional vehicle, they are moved to a point slightly above the impact zone. This "Sandwich" system also maximises cabin space, giving the passengers and driver of the B-Class unrivalled levels of space and comfort.
Passive and active safety is always a priority on any Mercedes and the B-Class is no exception. All models have an electronic stability programme, traction control, anti lock braking with brake assist, passive suspension with a parabolic rear axle, as well as Six airbags - driver and passenger front and side bags, and front-rear curtain bags - all fitted as standard.
Six engine options are available for the B-Class, four petrol and two diesels. The petrol engines on offer are a 1498 cc that develops 95 bhp (B 150), a 1699 cc that develops 116 bhp (B170), a 2035 cc that develops 136 bhp (B 200 SE)and a 2035 cc turbocharged unit that pushes out 193 bhp (B200 Turbo). The diesels consist of two 1992 cc units that develop 109 bhp (B 180 Cdi) and 140 bhp (B 200 Cdi SE) respectively. The B 150, B 170 and B 200 all have a five speed manual gearbox with the others all having a six speed manual transmission.
Two levels of trim are available, standard or SE, pay the SE premium and you will get amongst other things 16" alloy wheels, chrome exterior trims, colour-coded side skirts, colour-coded mirrors and door handles, rear electric windows, automatic headlamps with delayed switch-off, leather-trimmed steering wheel, handbrake surround and gear shift lever, rain-sensing wipers and failsafe lighting all over and above the standard specification.
So, if you need the space, but don't need to carry seven people the Mercedes B-Class just may be the car you are looking for.
Like the looks of the Mercedes B-Class why not check out the BMW 3 Series Touring, the Citroen Xsara Picasso, the Ford Focus C Max, the Mercedes A Class, the VW Golf Plus, the VW Touran, the Renault Scenic, the Vauxhall Zafira, the Toyota Corolla Verso, the Volvo V50 or the Audi A4 Avant.
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