Juliet reviews…The Mercedes-Benz B-Class

The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class has arrived and the German brand claims it is more practical than ever before. It has been deemed the perfect vehicle for the whole family. Let’s find out just what Mercedes-Benz means.

Let’s start with the practical side of things. The rear seat comes as standard with a 40:20:40 split which does make things easier when you have different shapes and sizes to pack. The luggage compartment, although the same as the previous model, has had a few adjustments to make it more efficient to use. When the rear seats are folded completely flat, you gain up to 1 540 -litres of space behind the front seats. And if you need the real work taken out of it, you can opt for the Easy-Pack tailgate which opens or closes the boot automatically at the press of a button or even by means of a swipe of the foot.

Drawing a lot from the new A-Class, the B-Class also boasts Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) multimedia system. Thanks to Artificial Intelligence, it learns the user’s habits and so adapts accordingly. You can also expect a touch screen control as standard as well as, depending on equipment, a high-res widescreen cockpit, navigation display with Augmented Reality technology and intelligent voice control with natural speech recognition. All one has to do is say, “Hey Mercedes,” and give your command. It can be as simple as telling your car that you are cold and the system will automatically adjust the temperature of the cabin to suit you.

It is not only the A-Class this new B-Class is borrowing from, but also the S-Class. It includes features such as Active Distance Assist Distronic as part of the Driving Assistance package in order to support the driver. For example, when approaching bends, junctions or roundabouts the car will adjust the speed. Also available are Active Emergency Stop Assist and intuitively understandable Active Lane Change Assist. 

Standard safety features include Active Brake Assist and airbags for driver and front passenger, kneebag for driver and windowbags and sidebags (combined thorax/pelvis bag). Rear sidebags are optionally available.

New engines sit under the bonnet. One can opt for either the B200 with its 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine (120 kW and 250 Nm) and a claimed fuel consumption of 5.6l/100 km, or the new B200d with its 2.0-litre diesel engine (110 kW and 320 Nm) and a claimed fuel consumption of just 4.5l/100 km. Two trim levels are available, namely Style and AMG Line.  

The new B-Class certainly steers away from the typical MPV look and we are grateful for it. It is elegant, stylish and thankfully for practical than before. The wheelbase has even been extended by 30mm to create more space inside. We hoping to see the model with its sliding rear bench hit our shores soon. Anything to make it a more practical offering.

PRICING OF THE NEW MERCEDES-BENZ B-CLASS

Mercedes-Benz B200 Style             R526 900

Mercedes-Benz B200d Style           R 559 100

Mercedes-Benz B200 AMG Line     R577 075

Mercedes-Benz B200d AMG Line    R 609 275

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