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The new Mercedes-Benz B-class offers the class you'd expect from the manufacturer, but lacks in flexibility and practicality compared to some rivals

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Mercedes B-class

Change is coming to Mercedes’ small-car range, and this new B-class is the first taste of it.

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3 October 2011

Not exactly an elegant looking vehicle; in fact I'd say it's become downright dumpy looking!

3 October 2011

[quote Autocar]

...some 32,000 out of a total of 700,000 of which have found their way into the hands of UK buyers since its introduction in 2005....[/quote]

I'm surprised they have sold than many! I live in the greater London area and even here I've only ever seen the odd one about.


3 October 2011

[quote Autocar]there’s a transmission tunnel running through the middle of the floorplan robbing valuable legroom for those unlucky enough to end up in the centre rear seat. This, in a front wheel drive MPV! [/quote] Then what's it there for? Are MB planning a RWD or 4WD version? [quote Autocar]premium priced rival to the Volkswagen Golf Plus, Ford C-Max, Citroën C4 Picasso, Vauxhall Zafira[/quote] There won't be many Citroen/Vauxhall prospects who would be looking at Mercs - different sort of customer.

3 October 2011

Im struggling with this car . They claim its an MPV but the seats are low and there are only 4 of em surely folks look to MPVs for space and a higher driving position .

I would rather have a more mainstream model than this .

No mention in the test of how the rear seats fold either .

3 October 2011

Please can you proof read your articles before you put them up on the web.Lots of double words and sentances that are difficult to read.

3 October 2011

[quote Juleshuffers]sentances[/quote]






3 October 2011

I couldn't summon any enthusiasm this car, it's cynically premium to me

3 October 2011

[quote Autocar]

If it has to be a premium brand, yes. On the strength of its classy interior alone, the new Mercedes-Benz B-class is well worth consideration. However, there are roomier rivals around for a lot less money and there are some obvious cut cutting measures.


Oh dear, this is another one of Greg Kables glowing reports when the hard fact is this car isn't actually any good at what it's supposed to do.

Firstly a five seat MPV (sorry 4+1) is a chance lost in this market. I know quite a few people who would gladly have a three pointed star on the front of their seven seat people carrier, except they don't make one. I have been told on here before there is a seven seat version coming but looking at the report, it may well be a six seater!

Then there is the fact it is a 4 + 1 complete with a huge transmission tunnel, which to me doesn't make an MPV.

Sorry, this seems to be a compromised package, that doesn't offer what its supposed to. Should I buy one? If you want an MPV that does what it is supposed to - No!



It's all about the twisties........

3 October 2011

Is it really an MPV? No. So don't class it as one. It's a classier rival to the VW Fox 5dr Golf Plus and Vauxhall Meriva. I like MB, but don't want a rear wheel drive (too many years of following slow RWD cars on country lanes in winter). With an estate rivalling boot, classy interior, and the possibilty of petrol automatic powertrain, along with the electro-mechanical power steering, it ticks all the boxes that I want ticked before I'd consider a car. MB may not sell loads in the UK, but I'm grateful they will offer it in RHD.

3 October 2011

The transmission tunnel is there for the forthcoming AMG version (which will get all wheel drive) and the mini SUV.

As a sensible person, I will withhold judgement until I have a test drive, but I would prefer a high seating position.


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