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Mike Stevens | Feb, 17 2015 | 1 Comment

The newly refreshed Mercedes-Benz B-Class, revealed at last year’s Paris Motor Show, is now available to order in Australia.

Pricing for the restyled B-Class has increased across the range, although Mercedes says it has boosted appeal with new features that boost overall value by up to $2500.

The 2015 line’s price increases range from $500 to $3800, but, importantly, the B-Class remains a more affordable option than its direct rival the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.

For the new model year, the B-Class picks up new-look headlights, a revised front bumper, a refreshed LED-rich internal layout to the tail-lights and a subtly updated rear bumper.

The line-up’s mechanical package is largely unchanged for 2015, although fuel consumption and acceleration has improved across all four powertrains.

The B 180’s 90kW/200Nm 1.6 litre turbo petrol engine now boasts a 0-100km/h time of 9.1 seconds (-1.1sec) and fuel figures of 5.5 l/100km (-0.6 l/100km).

Moving to the B 200 sees the 115kW/250Nm 1.6 turbo petrol engine’s acceleration improve 0.2 seconds to 8.6 seconds, and fuel consumption again matches the B 180 with 5.5 l/100km.

Topping the petrol range is the 155kW/350Nm 2.0 litre turbo petrol B 250. Its 0-100km/h time is unchanged at 6.7 seconds, although fuel consumption has improved 0.3 l/100km to 6.8 l/100km.

Representing the diesel end is the 100kW/300Nm 2.1 litre B 200 CDI. Maximum power is now available 400rpm earlier at 3200-4000rpm, while peak torque improves 200rpm to 1400-3000rpm.

Fuel consumption with the B 200 diesel improves 0.5 l/100km to 4.2 l/100m, although its 0-100km/h time is now 0.5 seconds slower at 9.8 seconds.

All models are equipped with a seven-speed automatic transmission exclusively.

 

Features

Standout features for the 2015 range include the upgrade to a larger 8.0-inch centre display for all models, along with upgraded trim and highlights.

There’s also new satellite navigation and push-button start in the entry B 180, while the up-spec B 200 gains LED headlights, an upgraded sat-nav, keyless entry and blindspot monitoring.

The B 250 picks up a similar spread of new tech, along with 4Matic all-wheel-drive, ambient lighting in the cabin and an anti-theft system.

Model breakdown:

B 180

  • Climate control
  • 8.0-inch display with SD card-based Garmin satellite navigation, Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming, two USB ports
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Electric park brake
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Keyless start
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddleshifters
  • Reverse-view camera with guidelines
  • Black roof liner
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Semi-automated parking
  • Comfort suspension
  • Cruise control
  • Auto headlights
  • LED daytime running lights and partial LED tail-lights
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Tinted windows
  • Nine airbags
  • Attention assist
  • Collision prevention assist with semi-autonomous braking
  • Pre-Safe accident anticipatory system

B 200, B 200 CDI

  • Four-way electric lumbar support
  • Artico leather upholstery
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Black ash wood trim
  • Front armrest with fore/aft adjustment
  • Rear armrest
  • Mirror package
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Unique 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Power-folding mirrors
  • LED tail-lights
  • LED headlights and daytime running lights
  • Twin exhaust outlets
  • Blind spot assist

B 250 4Matic

  • Ambient lighting with 12 colour options
  • AMG velour floor mats
  • Black Artico leather/Dinamica upholstery
  • Keyless Go system
  • Three-spoke sports steering wheel
  • Red contrast stitching
  • Stainless steel sports pedals
  • 18-inch AMG alloy wheels
  • 4Matic all-wheel drive
  • AMG Line body styling
  • Perforated front brake discs and brake calipers with ‘Mercedes-Benz’ lettering
  • Tinted privacy glass
  • Gloss black mirror caps and rear bumper strip
  • Lowered comfort suspension
  • Sports Direct-Steer system
  • Twin-louvre front grille
  • Anti-theft alarm system

 

PRICING (excludes on-road costs)

Petrol

  • B 180 - $41,400 (up $500)
  • B 200 - $47,400 (up $1500)
  • B 250 4Matic - $54,200 (up $3800)

Diesel

  • B 200 CDI - $47,900 (up $1500)

Sales for both brands in this new niche have been less than stellar, with BMW moving 143 Active Tourers in January and Mercedes sending 113 B-Class hatches to new homes.

By comparison, Mercedes sold a handy 356 of its A-Class hatches in January, against 158 of BMW’s 1 Series hatches. Audi’s A3 is segment leader, however, with 576 sales in January.

MORE: B-Class News & Reviews | Mercedes-Benz
MORE: 2 Series AT News & Reviews | BMW

 
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