A striking and robust car, Mercedes Benz B Class tempts buyers into the new luxury hatch segment. The brand that has been associated with posh saloons for years now brings models that you will like to personally drive instead of conveniently occupying the rear seat with your laptop.
Here’s an insight into one of the stylish trims of B Class – B180 Sport that runs on 1595 cc, in-line 4 cylinder petrol engine
A low bonnet, sharply rising windshield, high roofline and subtle edge on rear glass – the B Class has a striking silhouette and the detailing on the door panels is in characteristic Merc style. The sharp upswept kink running along the flanks and the long wheelbase does draw attention. With a big three pointed star sitting in the centre of the 2 bar front grille, it is easy to identify the car as a Mercedes Benz. Stretched back headlamps and integrated LED strips on the bumper optimise the visibility of the car. Wing mirrors also have side turn indicators on them. Mercedes B 180 Sport wears 17-inch alloy wheels. A simple and sleek rear complements the beauty of this hatch’s silhouette.
You will see a good value for your money on this hatch as you step inside – the quality of materials used is truly admirable. The entire fit and finish can actually remind you of the E Class cabin. Even simple things such as contrast stitching on black leather seats and doortrims have been taken care of. The curvy dashboard looks elegant with chrome lined air conditioner vents and the partially hooded instrument console. COMAND screen sits right above the AC vents in centre. And the entertainment system has radio, CD & MP3 player and USB + Aux input ports. Audio controls are on the steering wheel and Bluetooth connectivity and mobile audio streaming is also provided. On the instrument console you do get a tachometer, outside temperature display unit, a trip computer and a digital clock.
Thanks to wheelbase of 2699mm, there is ample legroom on all seats. The headroom too is sufficient and even tall passengers will feel comfortable on a long distance trip. Well cushioned seats also offer good lumbar support and the driver’s seat can be electrically adjusted for the most suitable driving position. Automatic climate control and air quality control keep the cabin temperature at optimum levels in this luxury hatch. Space for storage is adequate – the boot volume with rear seats up is 486 litres. Large door pockets, 2 big cup holders on central console and a voluminous glove box hold your knick knacks.
Equipped with 7 airbags including side ones for driver and front passenger, B180 Sport also comes with a range of high tech safety systems. Along with anti lock braking and brake assist it has adaptive brake, electronic stability program and hill start assist. Merc B180 Sport also has acceleration skid control (ASR) that prevents the wheels from skidding while accelerating. This feature is particularly helpful while moving on snowy roads - acceleration skid control ensures that individual wheels do not spin and prevents the car from breaking out to the side. Tyre pressure loss warning system is another set up for safe driving. Anti theft alarm and engine immobilizer have also been fitted for your car’s security.
Mercedes Benz B180 Sport costs Rs 27.56 lakhs (ex showroom price Delhi). This spacious, comfortable and versatile hatch is a simple to drive petrol car that will attract young buyers.