Mercedes Benz B Class

Editorial Test Drive Review of Mercedes Benz B Class

Comfort
Looks
Engine
Interiors
Safety
Mileage

Mercedes Benz B Class Side View

Mercedes-Benz has launched the first “Sports Tourer” in India in 2012. The B-Class comes to India in the form of the B180 with a petrol engine.The B-Class is not the Mercedes that we are used to seeing: it’s funky, compact and has a youthful zing to it. We like it. Mercedes calls it a ‘Sports Tourer’ and while it’s too cool to be a MPV, the B- Class proportions do look like a mini MPV. However do not let the pictures fool you as it is quite a big car and does have the aura of a traditional three-pointed star. Our favourite bit is the front with the dinner-plate sized three-pointed star sitting proudly in the centre and the headlamps extending along the sides at the front. The rear end has the traditional Mercedes tail-lamp design. As said earlier the B-Class with its dimensions (length/width/height: 4359/1786/1557 millimetres) does not look small at all. In fact thanks to its shape the B-Class attracts a lot of attention as we had found out during our drive and we even had an E-Class owner enquiring about it and saying he might buy one for his wife!

While the exterior is funky, the interior is traditional Mercedes and by saying that we mean spacious and dripping with quality. We like the design of the interiors which have a dash of spice in form of the three circular vents which look cool and the sporty three-spoke steering wheel looks just right. Elsewhere the dash has a set of logically laid out buttons. What gets your attention the most though is the screen which sits above the three vents and resembles curiously like an i-Pad. The menus on the screen are operated using the controller in the centre console. Thanks to its clever packaging the B-Class has more space than its rivals and it is the spacious and practical interiors that add a crucial layer of desirability to the B-Class. Thanks to the fact that it’s lower than its predecessor, ingress and egress is easy which is important and will be a boon for many. There is a generous amount of headroom and legroom both at the front and at the rear which is important and wins it some brownie points.

The 87 mm of knee clearance in the rear compartment even beats both the S-Class and the E-Class. The car has a top speed of 190 kph. Auto start-stop allows the car to return an impressive fuel efficiency of 14.81 km/lt on petrol variant. The diesel B-Class now gets a 107 bhp diesel engine. On the suspension front, the four-link rear axle, the arising forces are absorbed by three control arms and one trailing arm per wheel. This means that longitudinal and lateral dynamics are virtually independent of one another. Wheel carriers and spring links consist of aluminium, in order to reduce the unsprung masses. The ride is very good and the suspension swallows everything in its path. Priced at Rs.21.49 lakh for the base and Rs.24.87 lakh for the Sport variant. the B-Class seems a really good buy given the feature it has and of course the three-pointed star on the hood! For a detailed analysis read below.

Pros: Cheapest Mercedes in India, Good quality, Refinement, Diesel is efficient
Cons: Looks not to all tastes

Mercedes Benz B Class Interiors

While the exterior is funky, the interior is traditional Mercedes and by saying that we mean spacious and dripping with quality. We like the design of the interiors which have a dash of spice in form of the three circular vents which look cool and the sporty three-spoke steering wheel looks just right. Elsewhere the dash has a set of logically laid out buttons. What gets your attention the most though is the screen which sits above the three vents and resembles curiously like an i-Pad.

The menus on the screen are operated using the controller in the centre console. Thanks to its clever packaging the B-Class has more space than its rivals and it is the spacious and practical interiors that add a crucial layer of desirability to the B-Class. Thanks to the fact that it’s lower than its predecessor, ingress and egress is easy which is important and will be a boon for many. There is a generous amount of headroom and legroom both at the front and at the rear which is important and wins it some brownie points. The 87 mm of knee clearance in the rear compartment even beats both the S-Class and the E-Class.>

What we like
Quality interiors are spacious and loaded too
What we don't like
Looks too sombre and conservative

Mercedes Benz B Class Interiors Details

Mercedes Benz B Class Boot space

The Mercedes B-Class has an ample boot of 486 litres and is quite easy to load stuff in it.

Mercedes Benz B Class Speedometer

The speedometer of the Mercedes B-Class looks futuristic and trendy

Mercedes Benz B Class Gear lever

With seven forward gears and one reverse gear the dual clutch transmission combines comfort, sportiness and economy in unique fashion. the B-Class changes gears via stalks.

Mercedes Benz B Class Cup holders

There is cup holder in B-Class

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Mercedes Benz B Class Exteriors

The B-Class is not the Mercedes that we are used to seeing: it’s funky, compact and has a youthful zing to it. We like it. Mercedes calls it a ‘Sports Tourer’ and while it’s too cool to be a MPV, the B- Class proportions do look like a mini MPV. However do not let the pictures fool you as it is quite a big car and does have the aura of a traditional three-pointed star. Our favourite bit is the front with the dinner-plate sized three-pointed star sitting proudly in the centre and the headlamps extending along the sides at the front. The rear end has the traditional Mercedes tail-lamp design. As said earlier the B-Class with its dimensions (length/width/height: 4359/1786/1557 millimetres) does not look small at all. In fact thanks to its shape the B-Class attracts a lot of attention as we had found out during our drive and we even had an E-Class owner enquiring about it and saying he might buy one for his wife!

What we like
Looks unique and has appeal
What we don't like
Looks might divide opinio

Mercedes Benz B Class Exteriors Details

Mercedes Benz B Class Front design

The characteristic lines of the exterior design indicate both of these attributes front and rear sport a width-emphasizing design. The front features a wide, prominent grille. The air intake under the grille widens trapezoidally towards the outside, featuring round LED daytime driving lights, while the darkened halogen headlamps with reflector technology extend from the radiator grille to the sides.

Mercedes Benz B Class Rear design

The appearance at the rear is shaped by the wide rear window, the two-piece tail lights with horizontally offset meander and the wide tailgate extending far down for a low loading sill, with chromed handle strip and LED licence plate illumination (optional extra). The two-piece tail lights extending from the tailgate to the sides break down into three horizontal bars red-clear-red.

Mercedes Benz B Class Side profile

From the side the B-Class looks compact and sporty and has presence

Mercedes Benz B Class Ground Clearance

B-Class has ground clearance of 159mm which is good and helps avoid bad roads

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Mercedes Benz B Class Engine & Performance

The B180 BlueEfficiency is powered by a 1.6 litre in-line 4-cylinder petrol engine with 121 horsepower on tap. 200 Nm of torque is produced all the way from as low as 1250 rpm up to 4000 rpm. Harnessing the power is a 7G-DCT 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shift known for its quick and seamless shifts. Thanks to the tricked-out gearbox 100 km/h comes up in just over 10.2 seconds. The car has a top speed of 190 kph. The new diesel B-Class has a 107 bhp diesel engine which offers adequate performance.

What we like
Petrol B180 is pretty quick
What we don't like
Still lacks grunt

Mercedes Benz B Class Engine and Performance Details

Mercedes Benz B Class Acceleration

B-Class has 0-100 kmh time of 10 seconds

Mercedes Benz B Class Top speed

B-Class has top speed of 190 kmh

Mercedes Benz B Class In-gear acceleration

B-Class has strong in-gear acceleration and the gears are well spaced out

Mercedes Benz B Class Gearbox

B-Class has 7G-DCT Dual Clutch Transmission 7-speed Automatic Transmission

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Mercedes Benz B Class Mileage and Running Costs

Mercedes Benz B Class Petrol Mileage 14.81 kmpl

Mercedes Benz B Class Diesel Mileage 18.98 kmpl

The B180 BlueEfficiency is powered by a 1.6 litre in-line 4-cylinder petrol engine with 121 horsepower. Auto start-stop allows the car to return an impressive fuel efficiency of 14.81 km/lt. The B-Class is indeed very efficient for its size and engine power available. Now with a diesel the B-Class is more frugal and cheaper to run!

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Mercedes Benz B Class Petrol Variants
Mercedes Benz B Class B180 Sport 14.81 kmpl
Mercedes Benz B Class Diesel Variants
Mercedes Benz B Class B180 CDI 18.98 kmpl

Mercedes Benz B Class Petrol Mileage

 The Mercedes Benz B class is available in two petrol variants B180 and B180 Sport. The four cylindered engine produces a power of 122PS @200Nm of torque. The ARAI tested mileage is 14.81kmpl.In real world, expect above 10kmpl while on highways at cruising speeds of 110-120kmh, the B Class will easily deliver above 12kmpl

Mercedes Benz B Class Mileage Details

Mercedes Benz B Class City fuel economy

In the B-Class you will get 12-14 kmpl with Eco mode while in the diesel you will get 16-17 kmpl

Mercedes Benz B Class Highway fuel economy

In highways you will get 15 kmpl in B-Class

Mercedes Benz B Class ARAI rated economy

The figure is 15 kmpl

Mercedes Benz B Class Tank Range

B-Class has range of about 700 km

Mercedes Benz B Class Handling Braking & Safety

Mercedes-Benz is deploying the latest ESP generation – ESP9 – in the B-Class for the first time. Torque Vectoring Brake helps to counter the tendency towards oversteering during fast cornering. Specific steering impulses (see below) assist the driver. The electromechanical steering of the B-Class has been redesigned. The electric motor of the servo assistance system is now located directly on the steering gear as a dual pinion EPS system. On all engine variants, the B-Class comes with disc brakes on all wheels. The callipers on the rear axle and the brake boosters are made of aluminium.

The B-Class has up to nine airbags. Plus it has Attention Assist, ABS, Brake Assist, ESP.

What we like
Great safey features and easy to drive
What we don't like
Lacks handling finesse

Mercedes Benz B Class Handling, Braking & Safety Details

Mercedes Benz B Class Handling

Mercedes-Benz is deploying the latest ESP generation 'ESP9' in the B-Class for the first time. Torque Vectoring Brake helps to counter the tendency towards oversteering during fast cornering. Specific steering impulses (see below) assist the driver. The electromechanical steering of the B-Class has been redesigned. The handling is good.

Mercedes Benz B Class Braking performance

On all engine variants, the B-Class comes with disc brakes on all wheels. The callipers on the rear axle and the brake boosters are made of aluminium. Plus it has ESP, ABS.

Mercedes Benz B Class Safety features

The standard complement comprises driver and front-passenger airbag, a kneebag for the driver, large thorax-pelvis-bags incorporated in the seat to protect the chest, stomach and pelvis area and windowbags. The windowbags extend over both rows of seats to the A-pillar triangle. Plus it has Attention Assist, ABS, Brake Assist, ESP.

Mercedes Benz B Class ABS

B-Class has ABS

Mercedes Benz B Class Traction control

B-Class has traction control

Mercedes Benz B Class Comfort & Suspension

On the four-link rear axle, the arising forces are absorbed by three control arms and one trailing arm per wheel. This means that longitudinal and lateral dynamics are virtually independent of one another. Wheel carriers and spring links consist of aluminium, in order to reduce the unsprung masses. The ride is very good and the suspension swallows everything in its path.

What we like
Ride is typical Merc
What we don't like
Refinement could be better

Mercedes Benz B Class Comfort & Suspension Details

Mercedes Benz B Class Comfort

The ride of B-Class is very good and the suspension swallows everything in its path.

Mercedes Benz B Class Front suspension

On the four-link rear axle, the arising forces are absorbed by three control arms and one trailing arm per wheel. This means that longitudinal and lateral dynamics are virtually independent of one another. Wheel carriers and spring links consist of aluminium, in order to reduce the unsprung masses.

Mercedes Benz B Class Rear suspension

B-Class has four link rear suspension

Mercedes Benz B Class Specifications

Dimension & Weights

Overall Length 4359 mm
Overall Width 1786 mm
Overall Height 1557 mm
Ground Clearance 538 mm

Engine

Torque 250Nm@1400-2800rpm
Displacement 2143 cc
Power 108hp@3200-4400rpm
No of Cylinders 4

Fuel Efficiency

Mileage Highway --
Mileage City --
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Wheels & Tyres

Tyres 205/55 R16
Wheel Size 16 inch
Wheel Type Alloy

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Mercedes Benz B Class Colors

  • Jupiter Red
  • Cirrus White
  • Polar Silver Metallic

Mercedes Benz B Class Price

Mercedes Benz B Class Price in New Delhi

Rs 27.75 L - 28.87 L
ex-showroom price in New Delhi
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The ex showroom price of Mercedes Benz B Class ranges from Rs 27.75 Lakh to Rs 28.87 Lakh. Mercedes Benz B Class is available in 2 variants. To find the on road price of Mercedes Benz B Class you need to click on the check on road price.

Mercedes Benz B Class has 1 Petrol variant(s), 1 Diesel variant(s), the cheapest variant is Mercedes Benz B Class B180 Sport which has a Petrol engine, and starts at Rs 28.87 Lakh, the most expensive variant is Mercedes Benz B Class B180 CDI which has a Diesel engine and is for Rs 27.75 Lakh .

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By Posted on Oct,10,02 10:24 PM

Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Great Interiors,Fuel Efficiency,Comfort,DVD

Cons ,SERVICE

Exterior Very glamourous car, smart, sleek, alloys are very nice. The lights complete the package, Sleek chrome fittings enhance the look, the broad feeling comes up. Interior (Features, Space & Comfort) Very nice Cockpit designed interior's. Lumbar support, electronically adjustable seats are very nice, comfort even at the speed of 160 kmhr is top class. All features are inbuilt in the car DVD systems, panoromic sunroof, lumbar support of the seats are very nice, space is more than enough for 4 people, and makes it upto the mark for 5 too. Engine Performance, Fuel Economy and Gearbox Very nice engine, though the noise might irritate you sometimes but the sports mode is enthralling. Gives an avg of 20 on highway which is prety decent. Touches 160 with complete control and stability. Ride Quality & Handling Best in class ride quality as compared to X1, Q3. Final Words The car is best in its class BUT the after sales service is very very poor. I had given my car for the first free checkup on 3500 kms, there was a bulge in the front tyre (which is very very rare) and as a result it obviously has to be replaced. Such a big company makes a statement that "your car might have had an impact on the road as such that the tyre got damaged. So it will go for insurance claim, and a maximum of 50% of the tyre cost can be claimed by the insurance company". This means that i have to pay Rs. 25000 for the tyre replacement. And as a contradictory if the tyre got damaged that inturn should mean that the alloy wheel should also have a dentdamage but NO DAMAGE has been done to the alloy wheel. This is a manufacturing default and there is deadlock on the same since the past 8 Days. I am really in a shock to see such a reputed brand having least priority for customer satisfaction.

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By Takur Mulchandani Posted on Sep,08,2014 at 18:16 PM

I own a B Class Benz sporty white colour, My running average is apporx 10 khm daily which i want to know that does the
battery gets down when not in running . if i go out of station for 15 days and the car is in stand still will the
battery be low, i ha


By TV Posted on Aug,23,2014 at 17:31 PM

I've had my B180 for 8 months and some 4000km. Average fuel consumption is 8.3 lt100km, mostly in city driving where the
stopstart works a treat. Bi-xenon headlights terrific, very bright with wide spread. Sunroof makes the spacious cabin
feel huge but th


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