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Cheaper but certainly more comfortable, the Mercedes B200 Progressive is definitely the right variant to buy.

23 Jul 2019


We recently reviewed the brand new Mercedes-Benz B-Class, and found it to be a thoroughly likeable car. Except, we said that the AMG Line variant we drove wasn't the one to buy. Rather, you should get the B200 Progressive model. As in, this one.

What's the difference?

There's actually not that much separating the two. $7,100, to be exact.

The standard steering wheel still features Touch Control buttons

So what exactly is different? Well, in this Progressive variant you don't get the AMG Line bits and bobs, which means you get the standard steering wheel, standard leather seats, and silver trimming in place of the carbon fibre ones in that car.

The exterior is also a tad more subdued, though you must really look closely to spot the differences.

The cabin packs ample equipment to go along with good amounts of comfort

Does that fundamentally change the car? Nope, not at all. After all, that's all purely aesthetic. The normal steering wheel also has the Touch Control buttons (the only feature on the steering wheel that really truly matters, in our opinion).

However, there is one difference that has a fundamental change to the car - the suspension. This B200 progressive rides on the normal suspension (not the 10mm lowered ones in the AMG Line variant), and this has a significant effect on the overall ride quality. 

The twin 10.25-inch high-definition screens are still found on this variant

It's a lot less harsh, and notably improves driving comfort. The suspension is much more forgiving when going over big humps, and over small imperfections it's notably more benign. Yes, it's perhaps not quite as good when going around corners, but which B-Class buyer is really concerned about 'how flat my car corners'?

If you are in the market for a B-Class, forget the options list and just go straight for the standard B200 Progressive variant

So I should get this one? 

So yes, if you are looking to get the new B-Class, get this one, the B200 Progressive. It's slightly cheaper, but better. Sort of the point, no? 
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Mercedes-Benz B-Class B200 Progressive (A)
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Price

: $171,888

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder Turbocharged

Engine Cap

:

1332cc

Horsepower

:

120kW (161 bhp) / 5500 rpm

Torque

:

250 Nm / 4000 rpm

Transmission

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7G-DCT (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

8.2sec

Top Speed

:

223km/h

Fuel consumption

:

17.5 km/L

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