Mercedes-Benz B Class from 2011

Noble sports tourer
The second-generation B Class came on the market in 2011 as the first model in Mercedes-Benz’s new compact car generation and set the standard for compacts. The once dignified van has turned into an agile sports tourer - more spacious, more comfortable and safer than its predecessor and covered with the most up-to-date technology. Also in terms of reliability, the current B Class is one of the leaders: In the DEKRA Used Car Report 2018, as in 2016 and 2014, it was victorious in the van class. 

Almost five centimeters less in external height and dynamic design elements provide a lush and sporty appearance. Additionally, the high quality interior offers more head and leg room in the comfortable seats.

The optional Easy Vario Plus system offers a lot of variability. Thanks to longitudinally adjustable rear seats and a forward-folding passenger seat, the interior can be prepared for transporting bulky luggage in just a few steps. The usual 448 liter luggage compartment can be extended by around one third, with the seats folded down it is 1547 liters. 

Moreover, the lowered center of gravity in combination with the new four-link rear suspension and precise steering make the B Class a remarkably agile vehicle. The suspension comfort is good, with the optional, finely tuned sports chassis, sporty drivers will get their money’s worth.

On the driving side, a new generation of more efficient engines and gearboxes moved into the Mercedes van. In terms of petrol engines the spectrum ranges from the 1.6 liter, four-cylinder petrol engine in the B 160 with 102 hp/75 kW to the B 250 with 211 hp/ 155 kW. 

The range of economical diesel engines with common rail direct fuel injection stretches from the B 160 d with 90 hp/66 kW to the B 220 d with 177 hp/ 130 kW. The newer models normally require little more than 4 liters. The 180 d reaches A+ efficiency with a standard consumption of 3.6 liters and 94 grams of CO2 per km. It is a comfortable ride with its excellent 7-speed dual clutch gearbox. Natural gas, electric and four-wheel drive versions also rolled off the production line. 

The B Class also makes the latest safety technology available to the compact class. It has a collision warning system with an adaptive braking assistant on board as standard which protects it against typical rear-end collisions. The Pre-Safe preventative passenger protection system has also moved into the compact class. Additionally there is a range of further assistance systems available, such as the adaptive high-beam assistant, driver drowsiness detection as well as a blind spot assistant and a lane departure warning system. 

Commentary 2018
The second-generation B-class has no significant weaknesses which is why it impresses across all assembly groups. Now and again, vehicles with lighting defects, such as defective license plate lighting or wrongly set dipped beams, attract negative attention during the general inspection. In very rare cases the fault log contains emission-related faults. Hint: The B-class is also available as a fully electric model which should be able to cover up to 200 km.

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