Mercedes-Benz B 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY SPORT
Things are changing in the world of motoring with premium brand car manufacturers are offering smaller models.
Mercedes are keeping up to speed with these changes with the B-Class.
It’s a typical Mercedes sports tourer, offering bags of room, combined with the dynamic performance of a hatchback saloon. The character lines of the exterior point to both of these qualities: the front and rear demonstrate width-emphasising design, with a prominent grille and headlamps extending along the sides at the front while the rear end has a broad rear window, two-piece tail lights and a big tailgate with low loading sill. Sophisticated details, inside and out, confirm the marque’s distinctive first-rate credentials.
Interestingly, in response to requests from many customers, the sitting position is now more upright in the reborn B-Class. This makes for great visibility and leads to a degree of legroom which even surpasses that of the Mercedes-Benz S and E-Class.
On the move the B 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY SPORT is incredibly nimble but in ‘Sport’ guise the car’s suspension is far too harsh. Mind you, if you don’t mind having your fillings rattled out of your molars then the car is great fun to throw around corners. It’s also fantastic for motorway mile munching. That’s when the car magically decides to ignore any road imperfections and comfort levels resume to what you might expect from Mercedes-Benz.
Let’s face it; once you’ve battled the morning rush hour, and the only parking bay left is the awkward one in the corner, you’re going to be thanking yourself you didn’t think bigger was better when you walked into that Mercedes-Benz showroom.
PROS ‘N’ CONS
√ Well designed
√ Good legroom
X Harsh ride
By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist