I had a B180 CDi as a loan car. It had the autotronic CVT transmission. Whilst the car averaged 46mpg, the drive quality was absolutely horrific - like a 1980s Leyland Metro. My wife and I had to rub our eyes to check it really was a Mercedes. The car is practical and roomy - but so is a Golf Plus which is a far better drive and much better value. Also, the transmission is the same unit used in the Ford Focus which is 1/2 the price for the Mercedes. Who buys a CVT B-Class? It is all brand and no substance.
A follow up to my review of February 2008 - winter has arrived and as an update the rear widscreen washer problem is back. As soon as sub zero arrives the mechanism fails and the feeder hose disconnects. I use plenty 'sub zero fluid in system and paid for the heated washer systm as an option - looks like the last attempt at a fix by MB Edinburgh was some sort of jubilee clip!! Frustrating.
Throttle vibration still there and I think it is part and parcel of the experience. The noise level is unacceptably high. Overall MPG is 43 which is disappointing - no town driving and easy on the gas.
The one positive is the space - we moved house and the ability of the car to swallow boxes etc amazes...come to think of it, it is very van like!!!
This car is top quality all round. I resisted the sports version, as we get on to uneven tracks and road humps are becoming more prevalent. The car is fitted with the autotronic auto gear box and is a gem to drive. The steering is precise and responsive. It has automatic climate control which works perfectly.
I part exchanged my 2 1/2 litre C Class as the cramped rear leg room made life difficult for driving an elderly parent around. The rear leg room in my B200 CDI SE pleases my 6'4" brother in law with generous room to spare. The B class is shorter than the C class but offers much more room in front and rear. Luggage carrying versatility and capacity is great.
I kept my C class for ten years. Already I feel I will keep this B class for at least an equivalent period of time.
So called professional critics seem to praise the quality of this vehicle but always slam the asking price. What do they expect? If you want top quality you have to pay for it and in any case, no-one pays the asking price these days.
I got a top deal from my local Mercedes Showroom. The sales person was knowledgeable and not at all pushy. Yes, I've had problems in the past with Mercedes attitude and aspects of service quality but the new regime of the past couple of years has proved a breath of fresh air and I have not been able to fault it for some time.
I tried most of the opposition MPV's but the B class, in my opinion, outshone them. I am so pleased with this car.
The B Class is simply the worst car I have driven in thirty years. MB should be ashamed of themselves at releasing a car with such a serious engine/transmission problem. My B180 CDI automatic sends serious vibrations into the passenger compartment that makes it totally unpleasant to drive. There is a particularily annoying vibration in the accellerator pedal at about 2000 rpm. The MB garage where I bought it simply stated that it is normal for this car and there is nothing they can do. They admit it is an embarrassement to them but they only sell the car. I have had two E Class Mercedes in the last five years and found them to be fine. The B Class was obviously developed in the era when MB were more interested in filling every niche in the motoring market rather than applying good engineering practice to the process. No buy recommendation from me. My advice is to have a long test drive before buying one.
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