2012 Mercedes B Class review, images, specs, price and details

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Mercedes B 180

2012 Mercedes B180 Efficiency road test images, specs, price and

I took the new 2012 Mercedes (B180 Blue efficiency) out for a with a bit of skepticism. Smaller, expensive, front wheel – all those things didn’t add up too well to make me an enthused But to Merc’s credit, the B180 efficiency even with its 1.6 petrol engine and a rather 122bhp of peak power, me enough to leave a smile on my

Here’s our little story the time we had with the car.

and transmission

The B-class is powered by an all new 1.6 turbocharged, four cylinder power plant with power output rated at The impressive peak torque of 200 Nm is to that little turbo under the bonnet. All that is produced within a band starts at a ridiculously low 1250 and going up to 4000 revs. diesel engines would be

The direct injection engine piezo injectors and advanced for low friction and better combustion.

122 bhp may not sound like a lot of power for a car, but the torquey engine and the power delivery of the B 180 ensures driving it is indeed an enjoyable Weighing 1450 kg, with all engineering and safety aids in, the B 18o is a heavy car. It isn’t enticing at the bottom of its rev-range, but 2000 rpm, the B-class’s begins to sing.

It comes to past 3000 rpm, and to accelerate with briskness is quite uncharacteristic of its engine’s size. 160 kmph is attained much ado, 180 takes a bit of beyond which the B-class some time before it its 190kmph top speed. Being a engine, the B-class’ power delivers its best slightly redline, unlike an NA engine.

is a perceptible loss in juice on tap 5000 revs.

The engine is with a dual clutch with seven forward and one gear. The 7G-DCT transmission is the of all the transmissions that the Three Star has to offer on its mainstream Shifts are quick, seamless and segmented to suit your style with three to choose from – Eco, and Manual.

Eco mode shifts into a gear quickly to save on the golden fuel. Shift do vary based on your inputs, but essentially its primary is to save fuel than to you. Sport mode more violent with the rev letting go only marginally the red line.

In Manual mode, the will hold all the way up to redline, for you to manually shift using the behind the steering wheel the last moment.  The car also outfitted with an ECO start/stop which turns the engine off on a halt, and turns it on automatically. turned on after the engine switch off, the B-class always choose Eco as the default

The 1.6 liter engine on the B-class may not the sheer firepower of the bigger but it’s quite a revelation in the world. Combined with the 7G-DCT …, it has enough to spice up your drive. We away amazed.

Ride and

What rang a caution in our heads at the beginning of our drive itself well enough by the end of it. The we would love to announce is an exceptionally good handler we talk of anything else. It surpassed our expectations, and around the of Lonavala, dazzled us with its power delivery and poise.

in the beginning, we found the suspension a tad too especially at low speeds. The thuds audible within the cabin to an more than welcome. The and wind noise too were a bit than our expectations. However, the somehow did not translate into any inconvenience at the back bench, the disturbance being more than bodily. Part of the was that those 17 inch run on thin, 45 profile tyres.

We were given the B180 the Sport package, which the wheel size and reduces the The standard B180 should much better. However, the you reap for the tradeoff are well the small inconvenience.

The B180, as we around the inviting roads up to Aamby Valley, has an amazingly weighted steering wheel for an Power Steering. The feel at the is just right – neither too nor too light. In conjunction with its balance and poise, the B-class you by shock – leaving you bamboozled its manners which are almost for a hatch that borders on an MPV.

Even after a front wheel drive the B 180 steers precisely to your – with no signs of under or steer. The steering remains neutral, inviting you to push the harder on the next corner. 225 / 45 tyres delivered generous of grip. You really have to this baby hard to those tyres wail.

We seen far more expensive start screeching at half the

And it’s not just about the or the feedback at the steering wheel. The of the car itself is beautifully balanced minimal roll as you hurtle it bends. The fact that the B 180 is by a small engine helps its Not being propelled by a monster it keep poise, with instances of traction breaking.

The then, is an incredibly fun to drive car – fun than some of those monsters which, thanks to big engines are marred by tremendous steer.

What was a small fry at the of the drive, managed to bring a big on our face by the end of it. The B class is, indeed, one car to drive.

Design and visuals

The B, especially for us Indians is evocative of a guy who uses ‘Big’ as a prefix the syllable. The B-class, however, in is one of the smaller machines in the fabled garage. It’s is indeed the Merc on sale in India as of and also the most economical to

The size of the new car may be diminutive by Mercedes’ own but the B-class isn’t a small car looked upon from an standpoint. The B-class is long and enough to make its premium sufficiently clear to any other hatch which may aspire to up.

There are ample intricate throughout the 2012 B-class’s to make her stand out as a special The distinctive headlamps are the flag of Mercedes-Benz’s new design philosophy, earlier by the new CLS and the C63 AMG. The curvy, back headlamp unit of bi-xenon projectors with a lit boomerang shaped light above them.

While a styled C-shaped chrome within the unit gives pretty eyes their flair during the day time, the light from the boomerang turns heads as the evening

A twin slat chrome with a big three pointed in the middle completes the face. comprises of a huge central air dam slim, horizontally mounted running white LEDs it.  The bonnet gets creases at the flanks, but the central is kept rather simple a very mild rise on the end subtly enhancing the front-forward

The grille too, in line the bonnet’s end is slightly pointed at the

In profile the extended length you a positive feel about the within the cabin. Two strong lines work towards some tension and athleticism. The seem to have been from the E-class sedan.

The have been kept simple at the rear, which ever be a bad thing.

The B-class, in the glance may not leave you speechless, but more closely, and the attention to will eventually impress The car makes it premium pedigree evident in the dark, with beautiful headlamps fascinating one and all their white light.

Cabin quality, comfort and

The B-class features some of the novel, modern and feature interiors you will witness on a The black theme of the dashboard has well executed with veneered black ash wood The sporty Ac vents are the same as on the SLS AMG and as beautifully as they please eyes.

  Three of them in the of the dash add immensely to the sporty of the interior. The chrome finished and brake pedals with studs also work that end. The 3-spoke wheel looks and feels classy. The instrument cluster has analogue round dials.

central readout delivers a basket of information too.

abounds across the cabin, and are no signs of the B-class being an inattentive treatment for it being a car. The extremely well put machine has all the bells and whistles any big Merc boasts, and with added zing. The center however, could have with a new design, as it is reminiscent of Merc dashes.

The screen the dashboard also looks as if stuck on the dashboard rather having been properly out.

Most of the things in typical Mercedes fashion and it be a problem for someone familiar the C and E-class to feel completely at with the B-class. The foot-operated brake, however, has been by a hand operated unit

As we have pointed out on earlier as well, the drive select behind the steering wheel you shift into neutral – it’s positioned where cars have their stalk, it could turn a hazard for new users. We sincerely this is one issue that M-B to address at the earliest.

The B-class may be a but it’s quite big in size. wise, it would be longer, than some of the MPVs in the Indian market. The backseat is roomy for a hatchback. Mercedes are to have broken new ground in optimization with the new B-class, and seem to have some in their claims. There is of legroom in the backseat, matching up some of the bigger sedans.

Under thigh support have been a bit better in our opinion, but the legroom is sufficient to even 6 footers without any There is ample headroom both up front and at the back Even with its black the interior of the B-class feels a big spacious place to be.

Add to the equation a panoramic sunroof, ample bins across the cabin and a 480 liter boot, and you have a which can match most as regards space and comfort. The really has the capability to let a family of escape away on a week-long

The B-class has to be one the most feature Mercs around. While not a big machine, it doesn’t leave any unchecked on the features and equipment In fact, the features on the B-class some of its bigger siblings.

the standard B180 is also to the brim with features, is an additional Sports package adds some more such as sexier 17 inch leather inserts in certain and some more enhancements. a detailed list.

Like and convenience features, the B-class is tight with active and safety features as well. Attention Assist and seventh make headlines in the list of the new safety features in this of cars, there are plenty of safety aids to marvel Here’s a detailed list.

•   The system activates a host of measures to protect the occupants if it that an accident is about to

Mercedes B 180

•    ATTENTION ASSIST. Warns the upon detecting certain of fatigue based on steering which are constantly monitored via sensors.

•    ADAPTIVE BRAKE. ABS and EBD, the system prepares the for better traction, handling and operating comfort. The “dry function removes the film of from the discs. “Priming” that the brake pads are against the brake discs as as the driver takes their off the accelerator pedal quickly for initiation of braking.

•    Hill Hold. Unintended back is prevented while foot from brake to If you press the brake twice, are applied automatically, and are released as as you press the accelerator.

•    ESP By specific individual wheels, ESP the tendency to either over or thus improving driving.

•   Skid Control (ASR). The skid control (ASR) that the wheels do not skid accelerating. Acceleration skid prevents individual wheels spinning and the vehicle from out to the side.

•    Brake Assist Brake Assist detects  the with which the brake is pressed, and assists the driver by the brake pressure

•    Tyre loss warning system: and warns driver about low pressure

•    3-point seat

•    Belt force load

•    Seven standard-fit airbags an innovative knee-airbag which can reduce the forces exerted on the during an accident.

•    Automatic shut-off

•    Activation of hazard

•    Auto emergency interior

•    Auto central locking

The B-Class is more car than it to be. It’s packed tight features, features sophisticated drives well, has loads of inside and drives like a The only thing that against it is the fact that a hatchback – body type doesn’t go well with us who relate value with types and size for some

True, it doesn’t have the presence of a sedan or an SUV, but for the who merit solid engineering and more than looks, the presents a strong case for

Price: Rs 21.5 – 25 lakh

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