Mercedes B 200: Compact people mover

25 Apr 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Mercedes B 200: Compact people mover

Mercedes might not have hit the target first time with its original B-Class, but top to the.

Mercedes B 200: Compact mover

Mercedes might not quite hit the target first around with its original but top marks to the German outfit for out fighting with a brand new which is bristling with design and technology.

This B-Class promises to draw a under its less-than-stellar predecessor, its rather sleek appearance and focus on boosting the driver and experience. With the rise in of compact people carriers — Ford C-Max, Renault Opel Zafira — walking from such a popular and lucrative market sector was going to be an option for Mercedes.

Of course, comparing Fords and to a Mercedes is akin to comparing to oranges. Nevertheless, if you’re in the for what’s often promoted as an or ‘compact lifestyle people but find conventional estate and SUVs too limited or too big respectively, second-generation B-Class is well a look.

The B 200 boasts a long, low-slung that does much to you that its five-seater layout out just fine. And Mercedes is to stress that its premium should appeal to both from luxury cars and seeking an upgrade from previous ride to something attractive.

Certainly, this to be true judging from the of trim options available, be it or metal effect materials for the and fascia. Leather is also an while the car’s (optional) glass roof adds a touch of glamour to what well end up being ‘mum’s for the school run.

With the option to slide the seats fore and aft to vary the of space available to rear occupants, plus the ability to them almost flat, versatility is available with effort.

Oddment storage in the cabin is also good, the infotainment system can be upgraded to a well thought out and centrally iPad-esque glossy screen. Mercedes’ offering isn’t a but it’s big enough to deliver a user experience.

Driven by the infotainment system, everything the radio and MP3 integration, to navigation and internet access is available for an outlay. It’s clear sitting in the new B-Class, that has learnt a lot from its past The same is true out on the road, as the car and drives like a completely machine.

More composed on poorly roads and a willing performer in to the its improved performance inspires more confidence behind the Both manual and dual auto gearboxes are offered, the former the default option, with Mercedes’ familiar parking brake.

As you would expect, the latter is the civilised approach to motoring and suits the car’s relaxed Factor in the redesigned column — something Mercedes is rolling out its range — and there’s a welcome, feel to the way the B-Class drives.

As the rest of the industry, Mercedes has to deliver an engine line-up balances economy gains improved performance levels. A in point is their new 1.6-litre motor, which boast injection and low CO2 ratings. Keen haven’t been forgotten as higher output engines to deliver a spirited drive if willing to offset higher for speed.

That said, all engines with a fuel-saving stop-start as standard, regardless of the transmission ensuring that marginal are attainable irrespective of your style.

Now better able to with the rough and smooth of patchy road networks crucially, offering a versatile and interior, it doesn’t take to appreciate the effort made by to make this B-Class a rounded and appealing compact mover.

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