Spiritedly versatile premium crossover
Consistent with the model improvements applied to the 3rd generation Mercedes-Benz A-class (W176), the updated new B-class (W246) received practically the same attention. Along with the new LED lighting on both ends, revised front grille, more streamlined bumpers and the more generous standard equipment found in the domestic B200 model, the most profound improvement from last year’s model is the more compliant ride which actually also improves its dynamic ability because you now can carve through tight corners with more grounded tenacity rather than hopping through and using your back as a shock absorber.
Now unlike its more driver focused A-class brother, the B-class has a wider consumer role to play. With its taller roofline by almost 5-inches, interior capacity is unchanged from before but it is certainly more commodious in comparison to the A-class. It is slightly longer and a touch wider so it looks substantially larger than the A-class despite using the same chassis, electrics, drivetrain, and most everything else.
The weight difference is almost imperceptible and even with the taller greenhouse (still has a very impressive .26 cd drag coefficient) the B200 only gives up .1 of a second in terms of acceleration from 0-100 km/h compared to the A200, so I honestly think it is the more compelling product for those buyers looking for more versatility and capacity with their premium compact crossover.
The B200 uses the same carried over overachieving direct injection turbocharged 1.6-liter front-wheel-drive mated to a 7-speed DCT. The interior, which was a strong feature to begin with, now has the same dual instrument binnacle found on the A-class, CLA and GLA, with new switches, contrasting stitched seating, and an updated infotainment system. The standard 18-inch 5-point-star alloys look appropriate shod with 225/40R18 RFT tires. Along with the heavily revised suspension tuning, you can now further adjust the car’s behavior with the standard Dynamic Select toggle that adjusts the four driving modes named Comfort, Sport, Eco and Individual to tailor suite your driving behavior.
The new Mercedes-Benz B200 is a lot more satisfying to drive now than ever before even with a fairly modest powerplant. With its newfound ride comfort without sacrificing grip, you do not feel like you are being shortchanged or feel like you are settling.
Specification – 2017 Mercedes-Benz B200 CGI
Engine: Inline-4, 1595 cc, dohc 16V, Direct Injection Intercooled Turbo, VVT, 7-speed DCT
Max power: 156 bhp @ 5300 rpm
Max torque: 184 lb ft @ 1250-4000 rpm
0-100 km/h (0-62mph): 7.9 sec.
Top Speed: 220 km/h (138 mph)
Fuel Mileage: 5.7L/100km. overall
Price as tested: PhP 2,490,000.00
C! RATING 9.5/10
+Huge departure from the previous model, much better ride quality now, authentically desirable, fun to drive, versatile.
-Still needs a bit more standard equipment, optional equipment will raise price considerably