MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ B CLASS DIESEL HATCHBACK B180d [2.0] Sport 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2137 g/km

B SENSIBLE

Can you really justify paying somewhere in the £25,000 to £35,000 bracket for a mid-sized five-seat MPV? If so, then here's the one you should probably buy. June Neary checks out Mercedes' third generation B-class..

Will It Suit Me?

The Mercedes of mid-sized MPVs was never going to be a cheap car, but it was always going to be a good one. And so it has proved. There's been a lot of moaning that, at prices starting from £25,000 or more, this third generation B-Class model is considerably more expensive than cars against which it apparently competes, like Renault's Scenic and Ford's C-MAX. But first, you'd expect it to be and second, Mercedes say that this isn't a mid-sized MPV anyway. Sure, they hope it will steal sales from top end compact People Carriers, but the company also wants you to think of it as a kind of 'Sports Tourer', aimed at 'lifestyle' (that word again) customers for whom practicality is not the be all and the end all. Whether you swallow that or not, I would have thought there would always be a market for a practical, spacious family car with a premium badge. I could see myself going for something like this, if funds permitted. Let's check out this third generation version.

Practicalities

Inside, the low-ish roofline doesn't translate into less headroom. In fact, there's actually more than you might expect, something you especially notice at the rear where there's potentially more legroom than Mercedes offers in a £70,000 S-Class luxury saloon. To really stretch out, you'll need to have paid extra for the optional sliding rear seat which can slide back and forth over a range of 14cms and can vary boot space between 455 and 705-litres. Plus it gives you a back rest that can be adjusted more vertically for awkward loads. Even if you have that though, a third adult in the second row isn't going to be very comfortable at all, perched as he or she must be on a seat that really isn't a seat at all but instead a raised section of upholstery linking the two outer chairs. Worse, this car's front driven layout hasn't prevented a transmission tunnel-shaped intrusion robbing centre seat legroom. Still, there's decent luggage room on offer, even if the 455-litre capacity is a little down on the figure offered by the MK2-era B-Class model. Which is all very worthy - but now for the best bit. Behind the wheel. It's very hard to think of any sub-£30,000 family car that feels as good as this one once you get into the driver's seat. It's a beautifully conceived cabin, from the three-dimensional fascia finish to the supercar-style air vents. Instead of the usual cowled instrument binnacle, two elongated square colour TFT screens are provided, one for the centre-dash infotainment system, the other for the dials you view through the sophisticated three-spoke multi-function steering wheel. These monitors are both 7-inches in size as standard, but can be upgraded - as on my test car - to 10.25-inches in size if you pay extra. The central one is your main interface for the brand's new 'MBUX' ('Mercedes-Benz User eXperience') multimedia system, which includes hard disc sat nav and the brand's latest - but sometimes rather frustrating - 'Hey Mercedes' voice control system. Aside from connectivity, the trimming's classy and though material quality isn't class-leading, it's all put together in a way that really raises the bar for interiors in this sector.

Behind the Wheel

So, you'll be keen to know how it'll feel on the school run or on a trip to collect your dry cleaning. I was. The answer will depend a little on the engine you choose because that dictates the kind of suspension package you get. Two passive suspension arrangements are offered, a basic torsion beam package for the lower-powered models and a suppler multi-link set-up for the more powerful 2.0-litre versions further up the range. Ah yes engines - let me tell you about those. The most affordable versions get powerplants developed by Mercedes in conjunction with its European Alliance partner Renault. There's a 116hp 1.5-litre diesel for the popular B180d derivative - or a couple of more recently developed 1.3-litre petrol units: either the 136hp engine fitted to the base B180. Or the 163hp B200, which features cylinder deactivation technology, enough to help this particular B-Class deliver reasonable efficiency figures - up to 46.3mpg on the combined cycle and 126g/km of CO2 with the 7G-DCT automatic that most buyers will want. You have to have this self-shifter if you go for either of the 2.0-litre petrol models, the 190hp B220 4MATIC and the 224hp B250. For my test though, I opted to test the 2.0-litre diesel, which only comes mated to its own 8-speed auto gearbox. It's available either in the 150hp B200d variant I sampled or in a top B220d 190hp state of tune.

Value For Money

This is the crux of it of course. Curiously, I thought the better value B-Class models were the more expensive ones. From launch, prices were pitched in the £25,500 to £33,000 bracket and there are two trim levels available - 'Sport' and 'AMG Line', with an emphasis on the latter spec level further up the range. I felt rather let down by the weedily-powered B180, but the B200d at around £30,000 I thought a very appealing package and decent value for what it was. Many will be like some of my colleagues, looking at these prices and comparing them to something like a Renault Scenic or a Focus C-MAX before deciding that the gulf is just too large. To my mind that's missing the point. If you must compare to something conventional, compare to something like a Volkswagen Passat Estate or Volvo V60 - all more natural and more realistic rivals.

Could I Live With One?

I must be what Mercedes call 'an aspirational person' since I bought into the B-Class premise without much difficulty. Class costs but in return, you get a masterpiece of packaging, an aspirational badge, low depreciation and a quality steer. If that's not enough to justify the price premium in your book, then fair enough. Me? I'd rather shake the piggy bank a bit further for a B.

  • 4 Electric Front and Rear windows
  • Heated glass rear windscreen + timer control
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers with two sensitivity settings
  • Rear windscreen wiper

  • Electric parking brake
  • Curve dynamic assist
  • Electronic stability programme with acceleration skid control
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • Active brake assist includes forward collision warning system with autonomous braking
  • Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assist

  • Velour floormats

  • Comfort suspension

  • Preinstallation for Mercedes Benz link
  • Dual bluetooth interfaces

  • Attention assist - Monitors steering behaviour and long journey fatigue
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport and Individual)
  • Mercedes me remote services
  • 180 degree reversing camera with parking guidelines
  • Active lane keeping assist
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Cruise control + speed limiter

  • ECO start/stop function
  • Easy-pack tailgate

  • Live traffic information
  • Pre-installation for car sharing
  • 7 inch instrument digital display
  • MBUX multimedia system with Hey Mercedes, DAB Digital Radio and hard disc navigation
  • Fluid level warning indicator for fuel, oil, coolant and washer fluid
  • 7 inch touchscreen media display
  • Owners manual and service booklet in English
  • Trip computer in multifunction display with current consumption indicator
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Service indicator (Active Service System)
  • Lamp failure indicator
  • Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • Speed limit assist

  • Electric adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED side indicators

  • Spiral look trim
  • Light switch in high-gloss black with ring in silver chrome

  • BlueTEC diesel emission control system including AdBlue reservoir
  • Diesel particulate filter

  • 2 USB ports (type C) in rear stowage compartment and one in front of center console
  • Mercedes Benz sound system (100 W) with 6 speakers

  • Exhaust system with 2 Visible tailpipe trim elements and rear apron with trim in chrome
  • Window line trim strip in chrome
  • Radio aerial
  • Car wash function
  • Body coloured side skirts
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Active radiator shutters open for cooling air and close when not needed to improve aerodynamics and fuel efficiency
  • Chrome beltline strips
  • Diamond radiator grille pins in black with two louvres painted in silver and chrome insert
  • Body coloured door handles
  • Chrome weather strip

  • Headlamp assist automatic headlamp activation
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • High level LED third brake light
  • Rear fog lamp
  • LED high performance headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lamp

  • Air conditioning - Two zone thermotronic luxury automatic climate control with display
  • Air conditioning - air vents with silver chrome surround

  • Stowage compartment in centre console with retractable cover
  • Freight packaging without tie-down hooks
  • Illuminated glove compartment stowage
  • Luggage net on driver/front passenger seat backrest
  • Multifunction sports leather steering wheel with black topstitching and bezel in silver chrome
  • Touchpad on center console
  • Artico man-made leather/Fleron fabric upholstery
  • Manually height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Front centre armrest with stowage
  • Twin front cupholders
  • Gearshift paddles on steering wheel
  • Rear armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Black roof lining
  • Front door sills with Mercedes benz lettering

  • Interior mirror with black reading lamps and frameless

  • Interior lighting with light and sight pack - B Class
  • Seat comfort pack - B Class

  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Crash responsive emergency lighting
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Black seat belts
  • Active bonnet pedestrian safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet
  • Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
  • Driver and front passenger windowbags
  • Driver and front passenger head and sidebags
  • Airbags - kneebag for driver
  • 3 rear three point seatbelts

  • Rear seats with fore/aft adjustment
  • Comfort seats with adjustable head restraints
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats with backrest
  • Two outer rear seat isofix and top tether child seat fixing points
  • Automatic child seat recognition sensor
  • Seat occupancy sensor for front passenger seat
  • Front seat cushion length adjustment
  • Manually adjustable front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Front and rear head restraints

  • Remote central locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
  • Alarm system with immobiliser and interior protection -Thatcham category 1
  • Urban guard vehicle protection - Anti theft alarm system, tow away protection with visual and acoustic warning and alarm siren
  • Keyless Go starting function

  • Rear axle torsion beam

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Summer tyres

  • 17" 5 twin spoke light alloy wheels painted in matt black with high sheen finish

  • Tirefit tyre sealant kit

  • Noise Level dB(A): 66
  • CO: 0.035
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.017
  • HC+NOx: 0.022
  • Particles: 0.0012
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 137
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 15.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92.3
  • CC: 1950

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 64.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 54.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 4.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.2

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 17E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 15500
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 90
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 78
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 75
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 116
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Coin Series: Sport
  • Coin Description: d
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30

  • Engine Power - KW: 85
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3400
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 207
  • Engine Torque - NM: 280
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1300
  • Engine Power - BHP: 116
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.8
  • Top Speed: 124
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 28.6

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 205/55 R17
  • Wheel Style: 5 TWIN SPOKE

  • Width (including mirrors): 2020
  • Height: 1562
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4419
  • Width: 1796
  • Wheelbase: 2729

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1535
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2075
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 43
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 445
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1400
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 540
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1530
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £595

  • Metallic - Digital white: £595
  • Metallic - Cosmos Black: £595
  • Metallic - Denim blue: £595
  • Metallic - Iridium silver: £595
  • Metallic - Mountain grey: £595

  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Artico man-made leather/Fleron fabric - Black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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