Both petrol models, the B180 and B200, use the same 1,6-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine. In the B180 it produces 90 kW/200 N.m, and in the B200 115 kW/250 N.m, but even so, Mercedes-Benz claims identical fuel consumption figures for both, at 5,9 L/100 km.
There’s one thing that bothers me with the B-Class, and that’s Mercedes-Benz punting it as a pukka rival to conventional hatcbacks a la Golf and A3. After the recent launch in Durban I have very few reservations about the all-new W246 B-Class, which makes a lot of sense, considering that Mercedes-Benz is primarily targeting a younger audience. I’m young, and I like it, but the new B-Class deserves credit for being what it really is – different.
The second-generation Mercedes-Benz B-Class is now available in South Africa. With an all-new look, a new range of petrol and diesel engines and a wider range of features, the new B-Class is clearly aimed at a younger age group than the model it replaces.