Mercedes-Benz B Class Review
Mercedes Benz a multinational division of the German manufacturer Daimler AG, after commanding the world with its unmatched sedans entered into the auto-world of mid size compact hatchbacks leaving its competitors nail-biting. Mercedes Benz continued its auto supremacy with the launch of the new B-Class hoping a benevolent change in the premium compact car segment. The all new B class is saddled with a mechanically advanced platform and augmented with excellent features at a considerable price. Mercedes Benz is all set to woo the car audience with this ideal hatchback for Philippines market.
Engine, Mileage & variants
The all new B Class is surely revamped with a powerful engine abreast to its high stature. Mercedes Benz Philippines proffers this exquisite hatchback in two trim levels namely B200 and B250 having 1.6 and 2.0 litre engine. The 4 cylinder engines are powerful enough for providing a thrilling experience. The maximum power churned out of the B Class heart ranges from 115 kW at 5300 rpm to 155 kW at 5500 rpm with maximum torque of 350 Nm at 1250 to 4000 rpm. The compact hatchback from the German Automaker can be cruised at high adrenalines as the car clocks 100 kmph mark in a significant time of 6.8 seconds and continues to accent until it reaches a top speed of 240 kmph. The blueEfficiency embedded in engine works in a very effective manner proffering a decent mileage of 6.3 litre/100Km.
When it comes to exteriors, the Merc designers have kept extant the adventurous spirit in the all new B Class. The exterior design portrays a sporty look complemented with the iconic wedge shaped bonnet across the roof pillars escalating to the sporty rear. The wide stance and chiseled wings further add to the styling creating a perfect silhouette. The curves of the car are credited by the sagacity of overall dimensions measuring 4359 mm X 1786 mm X 1557 mm (L X W X H) with a well placed wheelbase of 2699 mm. B series is anchored to the ground with 18 inch alloy wheels with tyre size measuring 225/45 R17.
The euphoria of the exteriors slides inside the interiors as well with its sporty tone high quality and elegant materials. B-Class is equipped with classic leather upholstered seats and dashboard and the door centre panels in ARTICO man-made leather giving it an aristocratic look and feel. The central console is ergonomically placed with free standing head unit display measuring 8 inch for all the entertainment and infotainment features. The all new Mercedes Benz B class maintains a good rank in boot space measuring 488 litres, which can be further stretched to 1545 litres with rear seats folded aiding an impressive statistic for a compact hatchback.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
B Class can be cruised to high speeds without worrying about the safety as the German automaker has ensured the owners with safety in an adequate manner.
Mercedes Benz provides the facility to configure the B Class according to the individual requirements in optional comfort suspension or sports suspension which is coupled with direct- steer system. To ensure that the car stops in a varied time, B Class comes equipped with effective braking comprising of disc brakes coupled with Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution System (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). Apart from this, the passive safety features include dual front air bags, tyre pressure loss warning system, collision prevention assist and Acceleration Skid Control.
Mercedes Benz B-Class can be summed up as a premium hatchback which looks like a pseudo MPV having elite comforts and offers hassle free handling. Although, the less appealing exteriors could give a lead to competitors like BMW 1 series.