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

Story and photos by Azfar Hashim
3 Dec 2012

The B-Class is essentially a small MPV and hatchback combined into one package - like it?

Introduction, Exterior

Before this, it looks somewhat on the staid side and appealing only to those dreaming of their first ever Mercedes-Benz.

If you’re single and looking for a spacious car, please stop reading this review right now. Goodbye.

But if you’re a family man with a small family, well read on. Thing is my friend, the new B-Class is surprisingly practical and useful and should be able to stay long with the family.

Comparing it to its predecessor, this new B-Class – available only in B200 guise for now – looks far sportier, curvier and easier to the eye. Before this, it looks somewhat on the staid side and appealing only to those dreaming of their first ever Mercedes-Benz. So yes, it now has a wider appeal.

Even my eight year-old daughter gave her two thumbs up.

On the outside, there’s quite a lot to like about the car. Well it hasn’t shed the minivan shape that much but thanks to those stylishly redesigned Xenon headlamps, sporty front bumper (with LED daytime running light taking the foglamp’s place), prominent grill, wing mirrors with integrated indicators, subtle boot spoiler, curvier tail-lamps and equally sporty rear bumper does make you look at it more as a hatchback than a mini-MPV.

17-inch alloys come standard too, and this set definitely filled the arches very well.

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Engine Capacity 1595cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 156bhp @ 5300rpm
Torque 250Nm @ 4000rpm
Power to Weight 111.8 bhp per ton


Acceleration 8.4s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 220 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 16.1 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed 7G-DCT Transmission
Drive Type FF


Body Type MPV
(L x W x H)
(4359 x 1786 x 1557) mm
Wheelbase 2699 mm
Turning Circle 5.5 metres
Kerb Weight 1395 kg
Boot Capacity 1545 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 50 L


Brakes (Front) Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs