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A mid-life facelift makes the Mercedes-Benz B-Class more attractive and safer at the time.

02 Jun 2015

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About a year ago, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class had the premium compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) segment all to itself, as it had for most of the past decade.

Fast forward to today, however, and the car is now sharing the niche segment with the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, the Citroen C4 Picasso as well as the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan.

Thus, timing is of advantage to the B-Class when it comes to a mid-life update, which freshens up the compact MPV.

Measuring 4,393mm in length, 1,786mm in width and 1,557mm in height, the compact B-Class is perfect for space-restricted urban dwellers

Up close and Personal

That said, styling modifications are minor, so you'd be forgiven for thinking that the second generation B-Class is visually unchanged.

Among the stylistic changes is a new front bumper with larger air channels for more efficient engine bay cooling, a revised grille and daytime running lights integrated into the new LED High Performance headlamps' assembly rather than lower down on the bumper as before.

This complements the car's lower and wider stance that grants it more presence on the road.


The rear has also been tidied up with revised tail lamp graphics and a deeper bumper that houses trapezoidal shaped tail pipes, as seen on other Mercedes models.

Inside, the cabin remains as classy as ever, with SLS-style metal air vents decorating the sweeping dashboard and a new 8.0-inch TFT display mounted above the centre console that grants access to various multimedia functions.

And this is where the design-smarts of Mercedes-Benz come into play - the B-Class' 'walk-in' seating position is friendly for all passengers, young or old as well as parents with children in booster seats.

More relevantly, the overall picture inside the B-Class is dominated by abundant space for both passengers as well as cargo.

LED ambient lighting with 12 different choices of colours lifts the overall mood up, especially after dusk
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Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

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4-cylinder in-line Turbocharged

Engine Cap

:

1595cc

Horsepower

:

115kW (154 bhp) / 5300 rpm

Torque

:

250 Nm / 4000 rpm

Transmission

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7G-DCT (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

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8.4sec

Top Speed

:

220km/h

Fuel consumption

:

18.2 km/L

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