Mercedes B-test, data sheet, opinions and dimensions 180 d Advanced Plus Progressive

Mercedes B-test, data sheet, opinions and dimensions 180 d Advanced Plus Progressive

Find the differences

Aesthetic changes for the midsize pickup truck Mercedes B class They are so light that it is difficult to distinguish the modified model from the previous one. externally, They change the headlights and taillights, with different LED lights, and some details, such as the grille on the grille and the bright insert in the rear bumper. For the rest, the Mercedes B-Class retains a sober and elegant look.

Top news Mercedes B class They worried me Motors, with the arrival of the 136 or 163 PS 1.3 mild hybrid turbo petrol, which replaces the previous non-electrified 109, 136 or 156 PS 1.3. The plug-in hybrid version has been improved, which still has 218 hp overall, but has a slightly more powerful electric motor (109 hp instead of 102) and on AC charging the battery can accept up to 11 kW, versus the previous 7.4 kW (in direct current up to 22 kW). The petrol unit remains the 224-hp 2.0, intended for the 4×4 version only, and the diesel unit with 116-hp 2.0 (that of the test car), 150 or 190-hp. Anyway, the exchange It has a double clutch (with 7 or 8 gears depending on the version): the manual is no longer expected.

Quality finishes

in the cockpit of Mercedes B class Easy access to both front and back seats. It’s a car for five people, but only four are comfortable: those traveling in the center of the sofa are somewhat sacrificed by the huge tunnel in the floor (which takes up legroom) and the shape of the seat (preferred by those who sit on the sides). You drive high and comfortably: it is a pity that the seat belts are not height-adjustable. normally mercedes, The interiors are modern with high quality finishes. The three circular, turbine-shaped air vents (which recall the world of aviation) are elegant. The awkward handbrake button is still on the left side of the dash (barely visible and inaccessible to passengers) and the two screens up to 10.25 inches (for instrumentation and multimedia system) are paired above the dash which, however, has renewed graphics. They are easy to read and offer a variety of configurations. The right screen is touch-sensitive and has removed the tactile surface to control it (and related wrist rest) in the tunnel between the seats. Therefore, the storage space has increased in the last area. Also available a New steering wheel, sporty and with original slim spokes (visible in photos). No news about the trunk, which is easily accessible and has a decent capacity: Home speaks of 455 liters per sofa in use, which drops to 445 liters for diesel models and 405 liters for the plug-in hybrid.

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Few horses, but alive

In the manual we find the good characteristics of the former Mercedes B class And even with the least powerful 2.0 diesel, 116 hp, There is all the willingness to move without shortness of breath. Smooth and sweet, the dual-clutch transmission helps with the eight-report selection. For the type of car, body roll and agility benefits are contained, which is quite respectable. This is also due to the not very compliant suspension and pinpoint steering. Comfort is good, thanks to a passenger compartment that keeps noise at bay (the typical squeaking of diesel engines is almost unnoticeable), while most bumps in the road are effectively absorbed. During the test, which took place mostly in the city, the on-board computer indicated a consumption of about 15 km / liter.

From 37,560 euros

renewed Mercedes B class Already on sale at prices starting at 36,950 euros for the version with 136 hp 1.3 mild hybrid, which has as standard the navigator, rear-view camera, artificial leather and fabric upholstery, as well as the main driving aids, including automatic braking and lane keeping (a bit surprising in return the vehicle to its lane). The test 180 d Advanced Plus Progressive costs €42,557 which includes keyless access, motorized tailgate opening, seat lumbar adjustment and a wireless phone charging pad.

in our opinion

please
> finishes. They are quality.
> Guide. It is elegant and agile.
> hardware. In addition to being easy to read, it is complete and configurable.

flaws
> details. There is no height adjustment for the seat belts and the handbrake button is inconvenient.
> lane. Ideal: sudden braking to get the car back on track.
> The central seat of the sofa. The fifth occupant does not have much space.

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