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First drive: Mercedes-Benz B180 CDI SE

Mercedes-Benz
BIK List Price
£21,930
Mercedes-Benz B-Class BIK list price
BIK Percentage
13%
Mercedes-Benz B-Class BIK Percent
CO2
115g/km
Mercedes-Benz B-Class CO2
Combined MPG
64.2
Mercedes-Benz B-Class MPG

Review

Higher-value pricing and substantial gains in operating efficiency are set to help Mercedes-Benz win a greater share of the UK business car market.

But sleeker lines, a raft of advanced features and a long-awaited ‘wow’ factor for the B-Class should also prove to be key components in the company’s drive to close the gap on its rivals.

“This new version of our sports tourer allows us to draw the battle lines for the next move in our campaign to match the success of Audi and BMW in the corporate sector. At the moment, we just can’t compete with the A3 and 1 Series – but I promise you that things will be different from next year.”

As the first of five new compact models to be released over the next four years was launched, Savage told Fleet News:”A lot of work has gone into providing this car with the ‘wow’ factor that should give it wider appeal.

“It is now up to 21% more fuel efficient, has greatly improved tailpipe emissions, is more aerodynamic and has fantastic engineering features to improve driving dynamics and boost safe travel. I’m confident it will play a key role as we close in on the competition.”

Due out in spring, the second-generation B-Class is expected to achieve around 7,500 registrations in 2013 – 1,500 units up on this year. It will be closely followed by the new A-Class and a four-door coupé is due in 2013.

Even though pronounced wheel arches and side skirts lift kerbside appearance, interior revisions have a dramatic effect and a sat nav screen resembling a tablet computer gives a stand-out look to the dash panel.

High gearing and strong torque allow the new 1.8-litre Mercedes diesel engine to return excellent economy in a car big enough to swallow five adults and their luggage.

Roadholding is improved by lowered ride height and a new rear suspension and the firm’s latest diesel motor is impressive in either manual form or with the new seven-speed dual clutch transmission, a £1,450 option.

Collision prevention equipment is standard across the range – a first in the sector – and SE trim includes active park assist, air conditioning, power windows and a leather-trimmed steering wheel.

The B-Class sheds its dowdy image and is transformed by a thorough makeover inside and out. Premium positioning carries a pricing penalty, but this is an accomplished all-rounder that oozes refinement.

By Maurice Glover

Fuel costs
High gearing and strong torque allow the new 1.8-litre Mercedes diesel engine to return excellent economy in a car big enough to swallow five adults and their luggage with ease.
CO2 emissions
Stop-start helps the B-Class achieve a massive reduction in tailpipe emissions – the figure for its predecessor was 146g/km.
Residual values
Substantial improvements in appearance, packaging and driver appeal should reinforce the reasonably robust residuals achieved by the original model.
Driver appeal
A new engine and a fresh transmission provide fresh zest for Mercedes’ car for all reasons and driver appeal is also boosted by improved roadholding capabilities from a new, smooth-riding four-link rear suspension.
FN Verdict
The B-Class sheds its dowdy image and is transformed by a thorough makeover inside and out. Premium positioning carries a pricing penalty, but this is an accomplished all-rounder that oozes refinement.
Top Speed
N/A
Mercedes-Benz B-Class Top Speed
VED band
N/A
Mercedes-Benz B-Class Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
Mercedes-Benz B-Class Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £9,225
4 Year 80k : £6,875
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 34.19
4 Year 80k : 32.13

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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