Drive-Test Mercedes B 200 and the Volkswagen Touran ~ Truck-Cars

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Drive-Test Mercedes B 200 and the Volkswagen Touran

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We would like to become the owner of a Mercedes? Affirmative answer to this question is not all, but many. Especially in Russia.

It does not matter that we are not talking about a traditional sedan, but only about kompaktvena Mercedes B-class. In version B 180 (122 hp), it costs a little more than a million rubles – and a modern German car with turbo, preselektivnoy robot, and in a not very austere set.

Or, well, it, this prestige? After all, for less money you can buy a bigger car, even with not so impressive title. For example, Volkswagen Touran.

In addition to the Mercedes B 200, which costs from 1.17 million rubles, Russia is a variation of B 180 with the same turbo 1.6, but up to 122 deforsirovannym forces. Both options are originally equipped preselektivnoy robot, and the list of standard equipment is quite wide for the German premium car brand.

Test Mercedes B 200 was equipped sportpaketom for 96,519 rubles. It includes 17-inch alloy wheels with five spokes, understated chassis, improved seats, center console trim elements in the form of a honeycomb, steering wheel leather, and the ceiling – black cloth.

Once again, we were not able to collect a duel similar to the machine parameters. Pure white Mercedes B-Class got us with a powerful motor (supercharged 1.6, 156 forces, from 1.17 million rubles) and an extensive list of equipment. But Volkswagen Touran.

A feeling that we got from the press not pyatidverka Park representation, but from stable car rental firms – basic version 1.2 TSI (105 hp) with a manual transmission and a living wage for equipment. Fortunately, we can see the strengths and weaknesses of the duelists, not paying attention to the difference in the hardware. Besides, one of the dealers were able to take a short time to the client test drive Touran 1.4 TSI (140 hp) with the DSG.

But first things first.

The history begins with Turan from 880 rubles (1.2 TSI, 105 hp), but, for example, the 170-strong version of the 1.4 TSI Highline DSG with asking from 1.279 million rubles. However, in the Bi-Xenon Headlights with diodes daylight and rear parking sensors need to pay extra – 39 050 and 14 540 rubles, respectively.

A similar body shape also helped put a third row of seats. It is an option for 27,700 rubles (34,870 rubles in the case of leather).

When both cars are next to each other, it seems that the Touran is a class higher – well, clean minivan! Blame cubic body form: Volkswagen Mercedes longer only 38 mm, and more – to obscure 8mm. And, alas, rustic appearance tour does not vary greatly, depending on the level of equipment – even bi-xenon headlamps with LED eye liner and alloy wheels barely make out the model supermodel. How different Mercedes window line with the blade and the beautiful sides with vyshtampovka.

Bright, vivid image!

Modern, nice, fairly frivolous and cozy interior – the professionals responsible for the Mercedes salon, you can only praise. It is a pity that the original interior has worked in black – gloomy for a family car.

Dashboard Mercedes concise, beautiful and readable. Large display – basic equipment, but will have to pay for the navigation from 49 635 to 182 706 rubles (in the System Command Online). By notorious overloaded function stalk levers I got used for almost a week, but the buttons on the door panel on the driver’s side can enjoy with your eyes closed.

All beshek initially have air conditioning, and a dual-zone climate control is necessary to pay 35,201 rubles.

Bays melochovku and other luggage in a Mercedes missing – from traditional boxing-glove and arm rest to a small container under the front seat cushions.

The desired exterior styling is also reflected in the interior. Viewed from the front of Turan that look out of the window for hours overcast day – boring. But Volkswagen likable good ergonomics and quality.

In the B-class too comfortable cabin also built on the conscience, and the news is even better finish. But how much is cheered up in a Mercedes after Volkswagen – as if hit by a first-rate comedy in the style of Quentin Tarantino after a boring mindless movie.

Architecture of the front, vents blowing form, the control unit lights and windows – all this is the same as in the first generation of Turan. The blessing over the years not dissolve more important things – good build quality, good materials and finishes generally thought ergonomics.

True, over the latter, you can still work – the buttons for the gear lever should be pulled.

Of the claims to the salon – just a little lyuftyaschie rotating washer conditioning and power windows front door keys, which are located too far away from the hand. If you want a big display (+ 2,250 rubles), will have to fork out for an improved audio system with eight speakers (another 4520 rubles) and a package of Interiors (plus 23 020 rubles), which includes the fabric floor mats, central armrest, ventilation vents and cup holder rear, leather steering wheel, gear shift knob and hand brake.

The tour is all similar compartments for things that of Mercedes, including the niches under the front seat cushions. And here at the B-class is not capacious ceiling boxes and mini glove box on the top of the center console. It acts as the Volkswagen dream magpie.

Where unconditionally clears, it is in terms of usability and functionality of its interior decoration. Huge space in the cabin on all fronts and for all riders, the second row seats adjusted in the longitudinal direction and the angle of the back and transformation options seem limited only by your imagination. Here Mercedes nothing to oppose.

Yes, inside the B-class space for the head and knees on both rows enough back sofa moves forward / back (before this was not), but on the possibilities of transformation beshka like a normal hatchback – you can only fold rear seats on the cushions.

The front seats have turned moderately firm, with optimal long cushions and decent by the standards of Mercedes lateral support. But back sofa out too flat. In both series should be closely people growing up to 185 cm even with the panoramic roof.

Front and rear convenient in every way under the chair molded people of normal physique. For tables for rear passengers in Turan need to pay extra. Space inside so that the three of them in the back row will be as carefree as two men in a Mercedes.

And thanks to the large glass area visibility is fantastic!

Directly comparable powertrains two test vehicles can not, but you can talk about expectations. For example, Touran with a 105-hp 1.2 TSI engine and six-speed mechanics surprised – in a car weighing 1453 kg not feel inferiority! Moreover, in the second and third gear, as soon as the tachometer needle goes abroad 1500 rev / min, the engine gives juicy tides speed up to 4000 rev / min.

And though after 100 km / h or less perceptible changes in the laws of physics dissolve, the idea that a motor jumps even higher than his head, not get rid of.

On the passport – the defeat: the amount of luggage in the Mercedes is 488-1547 liters, while the five-seater Volkswagen – from 695 to 1989 liters! Of course, the tour does not hold so dear decorated inside, but loading height lower compartment is wider and deeper and more capacious underground. But not all have to carry a refrigerator cabinets yes?

With Mercedes nothing extraordinary happened – that’s got to go car weighing 1425 kg with the 1.6 turbo engine, developing 156 forces and 250 N #8226; m The unit enters the peak thrust almost from idle and unrestrained kompaktven is on the horizon. Particularly energetic shoot turns to mid-range speeds, and energy charge much exhausted, but when on the highway in front of you is looming prospect of license suspension.

In the family there are no Turan so fast version, as a 156-strong Mercedes. According to his passport, even the 170-strong Touran 1.4 TSI takes a hundred to one-tenth of a second slower – 8.5 s vs. 8.4 s in B 200.

However, for ease of traction control Volkswagen with six mechanics is preferable to machines with robot – decide all by itself, without dergotni and vibration.

On a level highway going both kompaktvena velvet. Suddenly, the only vnutrisalonnoe noise. In Turan voice above the wind and noise isolation fender worse.

Yet from Mercedes in this regard waiting more benefits.

However, the main intrigue for us was in the other – how the semidiapazonny robot (own design) Mercedes with two wet clutch? Did the engineers from Stuttgart to make a revolution in the final design of these units? To a greater extent for the sake of comparison, two preselektivnoy robots I went to the dealer to test drive the 140-strong tour with DSG.

To the motor – no question: the modification Touran 1.4 TSI, of course, slower Mercedes B 200, but travels fast in the whole range of legal speeds. Large family car to anything. But a comparison of the two preselektivov winner is not revealed.

The tour wheel is the same as a Mercedes, a light, but at high speed in a straight line and in bends, he poured a force, and the demolition of the front end, naobrot, get rid of him. Would reduce the rolls.

Steering a Mercedes flavored little effort, which does not vary greatly depending on the situation. Also in the area there is near-zero void – on the line B-class requires greater attention. At the limit of Mercedes also tends to drift under the discharge of gas, but it’s probably so affect A message-driven winter studless tire.

They have some advantages and disadvantages for two. Both seven-gear work well only when the car is moving uniformly. At medium and high speeds, and 7G-DCT and DSG switch smoothly as usual and best in the sport quickly.

But when it comes to riding in a ragged style or to a motion in traffic units show their second face. Smoothness and serenity replaced antsy and vibrations, and 7G-DCT at the start and still howls. Pull away quickly possible – both robot cherish the bond and react to the fuel with a pause.

And, of course, have not gone notorious draft assemblies for fuel economy and sluggish throttle response in normal mode.

Mercedes B 200

For uniform motion on the highway with both economical legal speed: B 200 on drinks 6.5 liters per 100 km, and the Touran – by 6-6,2 l. Dynamic riding stronger impact on consumption of Mercedes – his figure is 12 l/100 km. Active driver Touran gives less pleasure, but instead requires no more than 8.5-9 liters per 100 km.

Still both very similar kompaktvena balanced chassis – the differences lie in the nuances. And Mercedes and Volkswagen go round and firm, without swinging. Ship rolls there is no one, but the Touran falls on its side in a turn a little more.

At the same time the comfort of engineers do not forget – in the depths of suspensions of both cars Micro-lined roadway is completely dissolved, and the small and medium bumps both German speak easy pushes and kicks. The difference appears when driving large pits and potholes, deep cracks and small, but critical steps on the pavement – Volkswagen here is a little softer.

The success of the current models in Russia is still too early to say, but we have sold precursors are equally bad. Thus, in 2011 the Russian dealers implemented in 1574 and 1690 Mercedes Volkswagens.

In many ways, Mercedes B-Class and Volkswagen Touran similar – both perceived sturdy cars and ride a thoroughbred worth the money. However, the fundamental difference – being in the same class, they are used for different consumers. Pyatidverka from Stuttgart for those who want luxury and space, but did not agree to steer the bus. In the B-class passenger seating so that it seems as if Governors normally hatchback.

But I’ll have to sacrifice high practicality. A Touran – machine for the business. Under the bus and looks for the name of democratic hiding talented family friend, who even in the basic version will please all those for which it was created.

For one thing – in such as Touran, rarely fall in love.

Technique Mercedes B 200 and the Volkswagen Touran

The current Mercedes B-Class is based on a completely new modular front-drive platform that is also built and the last A-Class. Kompaktven lost double floor, heavily redesigned chassis. Front – Newly developed suspension with struts McPherson, and the rear instead of the design with a mechanism dependent Watt appeared multilever. Despite the tendency of the change of generations wheelbase B-Class has decreased – from 2778 to 2699 mm.

Will retain the same front track width (1552 mm), and the back up by two millimeters (up to 1549 mm). By the way, the rear suspension is designed so that you can place components wheel drive transmission.

The four-cylinder gasoline engine 1.6 M270 series has turbkompressorom, phase shifters at the inlet and outlet, as well as direct injection of the third generation (operating pressure – 200 bar, served up to five servings of fuel per cycle). Returns two options – 122 HP (200 N #8226; m) and 156 of the force (250 N #8226; m). For the sake of improving the efficiency and reducing mechanical losses of the engine is equipped with switchable water pump and oil pump variable proizvoditelsnoti.

Great engine, but it sounds like a vacuum cleaner.

Preselektivnoy robot with seven bands, available for the Russian default, independently developed by Mercedes. In the unit there are two wet clutch, so node is able to absorb up to 350 N #8226; m According to the Germans, this transmission should not overheat during prolonged slipping. That we did not try, but to smooth the work under normal conditions there is a lot of questions.

Modern Touran uses outdated truck from the hatchback Volkswagen Golf sixth generation. Let the Germans call this car is completely new, in fact it is a modernization of the 2003 model. Changing the external panel, but the bodywork and suspension (front – McPherson, rear – multilever) remained the same. Wheelbase – 2678 mm are the same as before.

However, engineers at Volkswagen revised spring and damper settings, making the current Touran more comfortable than its predecessor. In Europe, for a fee on the Touran can install an electronically shock DCC.

The base engine Turan – 105-hp engine displacement of 1197 cm #179; with a turbocharger (working pressure up to 1.6 bar) and direct fuel injection (up to 150 bar). Aluminum engine, depending on the boost pressure and the settings of the control electronics develops 86 hp (160 N #8226; m) to 105 power (175 newton meters). 1.2 TSI engine is placed on the compact models of Volkswagen, SEAT and Skoda, and make it to the Skoda factory in Mlada Boleslav.

History (Robert Yessenov and Sergey Udachin)

Kompaktvena first generation Mercedes-Benz B-Class (W245) made its debut in March 2005 in Geneva, a year after the preceding concept Vision B. Continuous FWD car was, in fact, increased in size hatchback variant A-class. B-class, which is available only with a five-door body, had the same sandwich floor, engines and rear axle suspension with Watt’s mechanism (front – front McPherson). Engines were five.

Among them, atmospheric petrol 1.5 (95 hp and 140 N #8226; m), 1.7 (116 hp and 155 N #8226; m), 2.0 (136 hp, 185 N #8226; m) and 2.0 turbo (193 hp and 280 N #8226; m). Another offered a two-liter turbodiesel in two versions of boosting (109 hp and 250 N #8226; m, and 140 hp and 300 N #8226; m). Atmospheric gasoline engines manned by default five-step mechanics and supercharged diesel engines and – six.

The surcharge was raised stepless variator.

In 2008, the model slightly updated. Kompaktvena slightly reshaped hood and front bumper, also corrected the rear lights and side mirrors. Inside decoration materials have changed.

After restyling Mercedes B-Class has a new version of the engine – a two-liter, running on both petrol and methane. In addition, some modifications to engines equipped with a lean function start / stop.

Since 2009, Daimler AG started producing on the basis of B-class machines running on hydrogen. They are equipped with an electric power capacity of 136 (290 N #8226; m) and lithium-ion battery. Last recharged power plant that runs on fuel cells, as well as brake energy regeneration system.

On these vehicles that have a power reserve of 385 km, the company has made this year, including the participation of our publications, travel around the world, dedicated to the 125th anniversary of Carl Benz’s patent registration in his first car. For an interesting development on the basis of the B-Class is a unique car and – Mercedes B 55. The fruit of 12 engineers in Rastatt plant is equipped with an atmospheric eight 5.5 by 388 and 530 N #8226; m, packaged with the seven automatic.

Rear-wheel drive compact van, got the rear suspension from the station wagon Mercedes E 430 (series W210), up to hundreds of 5.2 seconds.

In the early 2000s in Europe sold 1.2 million compact van. And by such a tasty piece of cake Germans could not pass, in 2003, came to light pyatidverka Volkswagen Touran. The car could not hit customers design, but to his credit was one of the most sophisticated in terms of transformation of the interior: up to 500 different options in the seven-seat versions (optional)!

Three separate second-row seat folded differently, are administered in a longitudinal direction and a fully customizable tilt backs. And, having met with the forces (each chair weighed 16 kg), and they can be removed completely. On top of that lay at the heart of Turan chassis Volkswagen Golf hatchback fifth generation – one of the best in the class.

Until restyling Touran completed with atmospheric gasoline engines 1.6 (102 hp), 1.6 FSI (115) and 2.0 FSI (150), as well as turbodiesels 1.9 TDI (90-105 forces) and 2.0 TDI (136-140). In pairs, the engines were working gear types – manual, automatic and robotic with two clutches.

By the time of the planned modernization of the Germans in Europe sold 640,000 Turan. And that figure was destined to grow. After restyling made kompaktven little more beautiful appearance, good quality and manufacturability of the interior for filling.

Instead of atmosfernik#187; 1.6 FSI and 2.0 FSI engine appeared 1.4 TSI. The unit was also equipped with a direct-injection turbocharged and combined – a combination of turbocharger and mechanical supercharger Roots type of firm Eaton. Recoil – 140 forces (220 N #8226; m) or 170 horses (240 newton meters). Supercharged diesel 1.9 TDI (105 hp) and 2.0 TDI (140-170) have finished making their exhaust cleaner.

Scales fell from six-step automatic – in the ranks were only mechanics and Robot#187; DSG. By the way, the update brought Turan psevdovnedorozhnuyu modification CrossTouran (plastic apron around the perimeter of the body, 15 mm raised chassis) and a number of interesting options for the type of electronic samoparkovschika. Production of the first generation of Turan ended in spring 2010, and the total was 1.13 million vehicles.

On the decline of the existence Volkswagen Touran compact van took up half of the market in Germany.

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