Mercedes Benz has launched the B-Class sports tourer in India priced at 21.49 lakh for the B180 variant and 24.87 lakh for the B180 Sport (ex-showroom Mumbai).
The B-Class is essentially a multi-purpose vehicle than a large hatchback and is the lowest-priced Mercedes model in India. The B-Class is positioned directly against the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3.
The B Class is available in India in two variants, the B180 and the B180 Sport. The B180 is powered by a 1,595 cc motor that makes 122 bhp of power at 5,000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1,250-4,000 RPM. The B-Class can reach 100 kmph from a standstill in just 10.2 seconds and has a claimed top speed of 190 kmph. It’s engine has been mated to a 7-speed DCT transmission and also has paddle shift making it fun to drive. Also read: Mini Cooper versus Audi A3 and Mercedes Benz B Class: Model Comparison
It also has a large 486 litre boot and this boot space can further be increased to 1,545 litres by folding the rear seats. The only difference between B180 and B180 Sport are the tyres. The B180 comes with 205/55/16 tyres and the B180 Sport runs on 225/45/17 tyres. It has an ARAI claimed mileage of 14.8 kmpl and a turning radius of 5.5-metres.
We had driven the international version of the b –Class (left hand drive) on the Buddh International Circuit earlier this year. The variant we drove on the track was the 1.6-litre petrol with a six-speed manual transmission. The car was very refined, although at high rpm, it does take on a sporty note in the cabin. Read more: Mercedes Benz B-Class unveiled and driven
It feels like a large hatchback in the way it handles and there is noticeable body roll. But safety features like traction control and intelligent ABS kick in quickly enough to keep things in check.
The B-Class is loaded with safety features like seven airbags, ABS, collision prevention assist, attention assist (a coffee-cup icon that lights up if you are tired) and seat-belt pre-tensioners. The top of the line variants of the B-Class will get a panoramic sun-roof. It also has a central infotainment system with a “command” control system, that gives you access to the entertainment system and phone functionality, with a pop-up screen on the dashboard. The B-Class will attract buyers who want a lifestyle vehicle and do not mind shelling out 2o odd lakhs on a MPV which Mercedes calls the Sports tourer.