Mercedes-Benz B-Class 200 BlueEfficiency Chrome Package Review: Two worlds, one car

Mercedes-Benz B-Class 200 BlueEfficiency Chrome Package Review: Two worlds, one car

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
03 Dec 2012
What we like:
pros
A good entry-level Mercedes
pros
competitively priced
pros
handles pretty well for a car this tall.
What we dislike:
cons
Cabin sound insulation needs improvements
cons
engine could do with some more refinement.

Handling wise, the B200 is an easy car to drive – ‘easy’ in this context refers to a nicely weighted helm, predictable handling and at expressway speed, feels planted. The suspension isn’t overly stiff, but it definitely feels a tad firmer than the Golf’s.

It can handle spirited driving as well thanks largely to that composed and well-controlled body-roll. Surprisingly you can still throw it fast into corners and bends, but once you reach its physical limitation, understeer can be felt almost immediately before the traction control kicks in to take order. Let’s not forget those responsive and assuring anchors as well: the B200 is the only car in its segment to get cross-drilled front brake discs standard from the factory.


At the end of it all, the B200 proved itself to be quite a complete MPH (for multi-purpose hatchback, yes); a brilliant proposition for small families that do not want such a big car but needs the practicality and versatility. It is also adequately specified, and has enough pace to keep its grace.

Importantly, the price tag makes it reachable for most buyers looking around in this class.

If you’re single and looking for a hatchback, you might want to look elsewhere though – trust me, not a single women was checking me… err… the car out.

Credits: Story and photos by Azfar Hashim

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