Driving Impressions of the Mercedes Benz B-180

The first Mercedes B-Class, launched six years ago in 2005, might just have been the most disappointing car Mercedes ever made.  Despite a few good points such as the clever sandwich-floor system and the practical, roomy body the car's negative points far outweighed the positive ones.  Among these negative points counted a harsh ride and a very rough diesel engine.  Driving the car simply did not feel like driving a Mercedes.

 

The new B-Class is a complete transformation of that early car.  The majority of changes can only be noticed when you drive the car, but even the body has been redesigned to give the car a beautifully aerodynamic appearance.  This is not just an illusion either: the new B-Class has a drag coefficient of only 0.24 - a remarkable achievement for a vehicle with such an upright, practical design.

 

A rather puzzling decision of the design engineers was to abandon the sandwich-floor system.  It does, however, mean that the car sits lower on the road than before - which no doubt plays a major role in the significant improvement in the car's dynamic behaviour.

 

To buy one of these beauties you will need to raise funds of £21,290.  It has a 0-62mph acceleration figure of 10.4 seconds and a maximum speed of 118mph.  Fuel consumption is reported to be in the region o 47.9mpg and CO2 emissions levels are a very acceptable 137g/km.

 

We recommend that you test drive the Peugeot 508 and Ford C-Max before making a final decision.

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