The Mercedes Benz B Class being based on MFA platform is considered to be the initial front wheel drive for the Indian market. Mercedes Benz, the well known global automobile player is said to switch to an aggressive mode with the introduction of the Mercedes Benz B Class and A Class versions. As a matter of fact, the manufacturer has been trying to flood the market with new products every now and then and has been enjoying good volume of sales that has been prompting them to come up with more versions. Recently, the manufacturer had introduced a revised version of the E-Class, which has been for a long time the best selling sedan after which it came up with the B-class diesel variant termed the ‘Sports Tourer’ that is already a hit among car lovers. The petrol variant had already been launched last year and had become a craze with car enthusiasts. The buyer has several options to choose from when colors are concerned, like Cirrus White, Polar Silver and Jupiter Red.
So will this expensive car be able to meet up the expectations of luxury car lovers in India with its performance on road? The Ecardlr experts team get behind the steering wheel to learn more about this car from the reputed maker.
This vehicle is considered to be a highly popular luxury tourer that is available to the Indian buyers. The manufacturer is said to have come up with exclusive variant that is christened as the Mercedes Benz B Class Edition 1 that is equipped with diesel engine of about 2.2 litres. The vehicle boasts of having decent external appearance along with expressive lines across it. Moreover, there are several trendy features present that do make the vehicle to stand out among the crowd and to win raving reviews from the car experts. This vehicle comes with three year warranty and without any kind of limitations on the mileage covered.
Mercedes Benz B Class boasts of having decent external appearance due to the presence of expressive character lines. The front façade has got the trademark radiator grille along with the company badge and 2 horizontal louvers. Its headlight cluster is very large and equipped with LED daytime running lights, turn indicators and xenon headlamps. Front bumper has sporty structure, since it has been designed with wide air ducts along with air dam. Furthermore, it has horizontal strips and integrated fog lamps of LED type that dazzles front fascia. The vehicle has lustrous side profile, due to the presence of strong should line along with properly carved wheel arches. Edition 1 trim has been given stylish body decals with black, high gloss window frames, wing mirrors. Besides this, the manufacturer offers stylish 16” five twin spoke alloy wheels that are lightweight. The existing variants on the contrary possess OVRNs that are body colored and door handles present with chrome waistline molding.
Top end version has stylish set of 17” alloy wheels and ‘Style’ variant has been bestowed with 16” rims. Moreover, the vehicle has been offered an attractive and smart looking rear profile, similar to the front façade due to the presence of taillight cluster that is neatly carved. Innovative lighting patter that features courtesy lamps, LED brake lights and turn indicators is what powers the car. Tailgate comes with large windscreen with wiper and spoiler. Moreover, it has LED 3rd brake light that offers extra protection. The rear bumper has been given a masculine structure and fitted with black protective cladding that further is fitted with exhaust pipe which is round shaped. The tourer’s overall look has been complimented by Mercedes Benz’s iconic logo that is embedded on the tailgate.
The total length of the Mercedes Benz B Class is 4359 mm, with overall height being 1557 mm and 2010 mm of width, which also includes the ORVMs. The overall wheelbase is 2699 mm that is very long. The front tread measures 1522 mm and rear end 1549 mm that is very much decent. Moreover, the exterior avails Edition 1 stickers that are present on rocker with new alloy wheel set.
Mercedes Benz has been trying to do away with the conventional grille having star at the top. The new launched vehicles are to have Avantgarde front grille which features large central star. The design of the car is almost the same when the petrol variant is compared, expect for the 16” alloy that is present instead of 17 inches that is generally noticed on the petrol along with CDI badge.
Several changes have been made in the Mercedes Benz B Class diesel variant. Firstly, it possesses a wooden panel finish present on center console, while the sunroof that was present in the earlier versions had been taken off along with other features such as reversing parking camera to reduce the costs of production. Also, the manufacturer has tried to apply the A Class strategy, where diesel variant would have fewer features and also priced below its petrol variant, unlike other brands. One of the most important thing that makes the vehicle unique is the amount of space present inside. There is sufficient head room and knee room space in both rows and it seats four people comfortably.
The boot of the Mercedes Benz B Class is bigger enough to carry the weekend luggage. Quality is undoubtedly superb along with its finish and fit. Also the feel and look of the materials are just like that of any of the luxury vehicles available in the market. The interior design is simply captivating and has an attractive and eye catching color scheme with plenty of chrome inserts. ‘Sport’ top end trim does get high gloss, black ash wood interior scheme that has been complimented with door panels of stainless steel make. ARTICO leather upholstery has been used in extensive in the interior for giving it a luxuriant finish and an interesting appeal. The top end variants have been given an exclusive package that includes three spoke multi functional steering wheel having perforated leather, door panels along with contrasting top stitching and stainless steel pedals along with rubber studs. The dashboard is very attractive and has black high gloss inserts. Moreover, it has been equipped with several features such as touch screen infotainment system, AC unit and plenty of storage spaces. The central console has stowage compartment with drink holders and center armrest. It also boasts of having panoramic glass roof that further emphasizes the ca’s elegance. Its front seats are given adjustable functions that are electrically operated and the driver’s seat has memory functions along with four way lumbar support. Besides this, it does have rear seat entertainment with color display of 17.8 cm that supports audio and video files. The vehicle maker has been offering 60:40 folding facility on the rear bench seat with engagement verification indication that has been carefully integrated. The different utility features that are present inside the car are sun visors, accessory power sockets, digital clock and reading lamps.
The Mercedes Benz B Class has been bestowed with few sophisticated comfort features for ensuring the passengers have a fatigue free driving experience. The entry level ‘Style’ model also boasts of having features such as automatic dimming mirror, 4 way lumbar support electrically adjustable driver seat, adjustable steering column, sun visors having illuminated vanity mirror, power windows along with single touch control, wonderful air conditioning system having pollen and dust filter. Other features included in it are direction indicators with single touch changing function, front-center armrest for passenger and driver, retractable-load compartment cover, boot lighting, bag hook, spare wheel, 12V accessory rear power socket. Furthermore, this trim has been blessed with advanced instrument cluster having color screen of 11.4 cm that displays digital clock, trip computer, speedometer, fuel gauge, outside temperature, tachometer and other informatics. The ‘Sport’ and ‘Edition 1’ variants are provided extra features such as reverse camera along with dynamic guidelines and rear center arm rest having two cup holders for enhanced convenience.
The Mercedes Benz B Class is quite spacious and is designed with great height, width and wheelbase. The cockpit has 1013 mm of headroom with leg and shoulder space of 521 mm and 1411 mm. The rear cabin boasts of 476 mm leg space, 958 mm of headroom and 1382 mm of total shoulder space.
HEART OF THE MATTER
The new Mercedes Benz B Class has got oil burner of 2.2 litre, with the engine producing just 108 bhp that sounds a bit less, especially while planning to purchase a vehicle in this price segment. The engine is quite the same that is noticed on its C Class, however, has been detuned. Level of NVH on oil burner is a bit lower and prominent turbo lag is not prominent. It is because of the reason that turbo boost present in the engine is reduced, the reason why, more power can be expected from the diesel variant.
The vehicle has been integrated with 3 different drive models is said to function together with the 7 speed dual clutch transmission. It is quite good and shift timings being much better than that of the traditional 7G-TRONIC. This helps to maximize the performance of the vehicle’s engine. Moreover, there is present the ECO Stop / Start function automatically switches off engine once the vehicle stops. It in turn helps to save a good amount of fuel, while improving overall mileage.
For improving the vehicle’s fuel efficiency, power development is tuned to about 108 bhp. Now, the Mercedes Benz B Class carries diesel engine of 2.2 litre and is coupled to 7 speed dual clutch auto shifting transmission. The diesel variant takes approximately about 10.7 seconds for crossing 100kmph speed mark right from 0 and the petrol variant takes just 10.2 seconds for breaching it. The petrol engine of 1.6 litre is considered to be among those few petrol engines having direct injection. For extracting optimum performance, the engine has to be revved a bit harder.
The diesel trims have displacement capacity of about 2143 cc and consists of 16 valves and four cylinders that receives fuel via 4th generation general rail injection technology. Moreover, there is a turbocharger present that enables the vehicle to pump out optimum power output of about 107.3 bhp between 3200 and 4400 RPM, resulting in 250 Nm of peak torque output between 1400 – 2800 RPM. The petrol variant on the contrary has been equipped with engine of 1.6 litre that displaces 1599 cc and is based upon DOHC configuration along with 16 valves, four inline cylinders and direct fuel supply injection system. At 5000 RPM, the power pumped out is 120.7 bhp with overall torque of 200 Nm between 1250 – 4000 RPM. The diesel and petrol variants are integrated with the 7 speed auto transmission gearbox that helps to deliver torque output to rear wheels.
Mercedes Benz B Class does offer a decent mileage and the buyers can be happy about its fuel economy. The diesel variant gives a maximum mileage of 18.98km/l on highways, and in case, the vehicle is cruised at a speed of 80 to 90 km/hr, it would give more. In the city roads the mileage is about 13.62 km/l. The petrol variant produces optimum mileage of about 14.8 km/l on the highways and minimum of about 11.2 km/l on the city roads.
According to the experts, the power that is produced by Mercedes Benz B Class might not be quite impressive on paper, however, very much drivable and can provide pleasure to the passengers.
The Mercedes Benz B Class has been designed for better ride more than handling. The vehicle is known to do exceptionally well. The manufacturers have properly tuned the suspension for absorbing the jolts and bumps that are commonly seen on the Indian roads and to avoid it from getting it filtered inside the cabin. Moreover, its ride suppleness is quite good like that of any of the 3 pointed star. Since the diesel engine has plenty of capacity than its petrol counterpart, it is much heavier and front suspension is much stiffer. Therefore, the small sized tyres are sure to do a wonderful job to soak all the bumps and to give the passengers a comfortable ride.
As the vehicle looks tall and long, few body roll amount is expected. Overall the Mercedes Benz B Class does perfectly well if pushed round the corner. ESP kicks right at the moment while the driver starts to lose the hold. It boasts of a light steering wheel and has better response, which does not feel slack at any point of time. The front wheels have been fitted with series of perforated and internally vented brake discs that are again loaded with top quality calipers. The rear ones have been integrated with traditional disc brakes that work perfectly fine in every weather. The manufacturer also has remembered to include the anti-lock braking system, an electronic brake assist system and brake force distribution to augment the mechanism. The front axle has been fitted with McPherson Strut and the rear axle has been integrated with 4 linked suspension system that efficiently balances the vehicle. Moreover, the vehicle has been provided with pinion and rack based steering system with integral steer control for offering excellent assistance during critical driving situations.
Safety sophisticated features have been introduced in plenty in the Mercedes Benz B Class that undoubtedly increases its protective features. The list tends to include active features such as the electronic stability program having acceleration skid controls, EBD and ABS, hold functions, hill cart, etc. Besides this, the car also displays special features like the electric parking brake having comfort function, loss of tyre pressure warning, Attention help and adaptive brake lights. Apart from this, the model also boasts of having brake-pad wear indicator, warning light for the seal belt and crash response emergency lighting. The vehicle has several restraint features such as 5 adjustable head restraints, ISOFIX kid seat mountings and airbags. Apart from this, the security and locking features include auto lock doors along with emergency opening, electronic engine immobilizer, central lock system along with interior switch, infrared remote control along with locking verification visible signal and crash sensor.
Edition 1 and ‘Style’ trim variants have 5 twin spoke lightweight alloy wheels of 16” having matte black finish. The rims have been covered with tubeless radial tyres of size 208/55 R16. The top end variant has been provided with 7 twin spoke 17” alloy wheels that are covered with radial tubeless tyres of size 225/45 R17.
Overall, the Mercedes Benz B Class is termed to be a wonderful and classy car in this segment. The diesel version however, has lesser features than the petrol counterpart. However, the rates of the diesel variant have been cut off drastically, which makes it much less priced than the petrol version, which is what makes it very popular. Since, the B class is considered to be still a luxury; owning one is definitely a bit on the expensive side. The Delhi ex-showroom price of the car is: Edition 1 comes at Rs. 30,49,000; B180 Sports at Rs. 28,86,900 and the diesel variant at Rs. 27,75,200.