In the hierarchy of Mercedes-Benz models equipped with floats, the B-class. The larger offshoot of the A-class, the Mercedes-Benz only on demand in the category Minivan, files and otherwise, rather than “Sports Tourer”, is however, a small Hidden Champion. More than 1.5 million units have been sold of the first two generations, in the current sales ranking for Germany for the first three quarters of 2018, the B-class, with 22,200 new units at least to rank 5, the A-class without by-products it to 27,000 units.

Boris Schmidt

editor in the Department “technology and Motor”.

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Now, the third Generation of the since 2005, offered model range comes in February 2019, on the market, the order books since yesterday’s open. The base price is 31 874 Euro. This is significantly more than in the past, suffice 27.334 Euro for the B 160 with a 1.6-litre engine, manual transmission and 102 HP.

It is also more: The new model has grown by nearly three inches to a length of 4.42 meters, the sporty (cW-value of 0.24), with all the innovations of the new A-class, so also the highly-acclaimed new communication system MBUX, and it’s all offered motors have been revised. The Start-up of five engines, two gasoline engines as the B 180 and B 200, and three Diesel 180d, 200d, and 220d. All front-wheel drive and are combined with a Seven – or eight-speed dual-clutch. All-wheel drive, more engines and manual transmissions come at a later date. A electrified B-Mercedes will give it, in whatever Form, is not yet revealed.


of Course, all engines meet the Euro-6d-Temp-Norm, the 2.0-litre Diesel in the 200 or 220 even the stricter standard 6d, the passage of 2020. The self-igniter to afford 116, 150 or 190 PS, to the specified standard consumption of four and a half liters on 100 kilometers. Without additional exhaust gas cleaning with Adblue, the standards would be impossible, the Adblue Tank has a volume of nearly 24 liters, and is intended to ensure that, in General, only when due for Service in the workshop must be refilled. While in the 180d is a 1.5-Liter engine for power, must in the petrol engines a 1.3-litre engine. So far, the basic petrol engine was the 1.6-litre engine. The smaller engine from the cooperation with Renault still has more power (136 or 163 HP). The four-cylinder – petrol particulate filter – you do not need to standard around a Liter more than the Diesel group, because the cylinder deactivation helps the given advantage of Diesel technology, the higher efficiency to compensate.

In the interior, convinced the B-class with high-quality workmanship and fabulous, but, unfortunately, optional Widescreen Cockpit. Digitized the instruments but also in the basic equipment. The rear seatback is now divided into three parts (40/20/40) folded, space is increased thanks to a three centimetres 2.72 meters extended Wheelbase a little, the boot is 455 litres in volume, somewhat smaller than in the past. The loss of 35 litres, the fact that the maximum Luggage capacity of 1540 litres is about grown by the same amount as sweetened. By the middle of next year, to 14 inches sliding rear Bank comes at a surcharge into the program, paired with a fold-down front passenger seat.