Car reviews - Mercedes-Benz - B-Class - 5-dr hatch range
The new Mercedes B-class steps up in almost every department over its predecessor
4 Apr 2012
When we say the second-generation Mercedes-Benz B-class is all-new, we really mean it. Almost nothing is carried over from the old model, including the front-drive platform, engines, transmission and cabin.
However, despite the better looks, more powerful engines and bigger focus on dynamics, the new model continues to occupy the same place in the market as the old one.
Just like its somewhat underwhelming predecessor, its most immediate rivals remain premium-priced small hatchbacks like the BMW 1 Series and Audi A3, but its tall-boy styling (lower than the old one, but still present) and focus on practicality also pitches it against small front-drive crossover SUVs like the new Audi Q3.
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Built on the same sandwich-platform that was designed to put the engine out of harm’s way and free up a huge amount of cabin room, but enhanced by an extended wheelbase for even more legroom and load space, the B-class was launched by Mercedes-Benz to slot in between the little A-class city-car and the C-class compact sedan, effectively replacing the original A-class long-wheelbase.
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