Review: 2012 Mercedes-Benz B200 CDI

Mercedes has continued to rule the roost of automobile giants for decades. Sleek and stylish designs and German engineering make it one of the most preferred vehicles in the world. Like all its earlier creations, the yet to be launched 2012 Mercedes-Benz B200 CDI has set tongues rolling and expectations high. This sports tourer is beautiful in looks and promises to deliver performance that matches.

Mercedes-Benz B200 CDI
Mercedes-Benz B200 CDI

What does it offer?

Unlike its predecessor, the 2012 B200 CDI has a wider rear window, lower height and a larger tailgate. It is superior in performance too. A revamped 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engine, dual clutch transmission and assistance systems mean that you will get a more powerful and smoother ride. And though it is lower, at 61.3 inches, the interior is very roomy. Test drivers have claimed that the 2012 B200 is agile owing to the new 4-link rear axle and sports dampers in the suspension. Safety wise, the company has not compromised one bit. Along with the standard brake assist, you get a radar-based collision warning system which will help motorists against rear-end damage.

The beauty

The exterior is beautifully designed and finely proportioned. A wide grill complements elongated headlights that stretch along the sides. The car’s swage line along the roof helps the vehicle attain a longer appearance and is coupled with dynamic side skirts on the bottom edge of the body, adding a lighter touch to the 2012 Mercedes-Benz B200’s appearance. The interiors are very impressive both quality and appearance-wise, as is always the case with Mercedes cars.

You have the option of going for an ARTICO man-made leather finish dashboard which features stitching while the large, three-dimensional trim, available in four variants, covers the entire dashboard. You can expect a comfortable and classy appearance and feel along with easy care and durability in the interiors.

The three large round vents in the middle add a unique look to the interior and the screen display, available in two sizes (5.8- and 7-inch), stands just above these vents. The TFT color display is also another notable feature of attraction in the cockpit. Finally, the B200 has a 3-spoke steering wheel with the famous silver chrome insert in the middle spoke along with an instrument cluster including four analogue round dials and suspended pointers. To add to all the beauty of this vehicle are the seats with contrasting stitching.

The beast

Some of the highlights of the B200 include the new four-cylinder petrol engine with direct injection and turbocharging, new dual clutch transmission, a new manual transmission and new assistance systems. The 2012 Mercedes-BenzB200 also has both a turbocharged 136bhp 1.8 liter common rails diesel engine and turbocharged 1.6 liter direct injection petrol version with 154bhp. Along with the standard six-speed manual gearbox comes an optional six-speed double clutch transmission that offers both manual and automatic modes. A crucial change made in the B200 is the chassis. Although the Macpherson strut front suspension has been retained, the rear torsion beam arrangement has been replaced by a more contemporary multi-link set-up. And like all other new B-class Mercedes-Benz models, the steering is an electro-mechanical actuation as part of a series of fuel saving measures which also includes automatic stop/start and brake energy recuperation.

The thrill

Providing more comfort, efficiency, luxury and space than its predecessor, it certainly appears that the 2012 Mercedes-Benz B200 CDI will make quite an impression among Mercedes-Benz fans. Besides, to go along with its high performance, it also offers a fantastic design of a car. You can expect a smooth ride out of this vehicle.

Interiors

With an optional ARTICO man-made leather finish dashboard and a three-dimensional trim that’s available in four variants, the B200 maintains an elegant yet sporty look. The interiors are made from durable materials and are easy to maintain. Besides, to add to its style are three round vents in the middle and a TFT color display positioned just above these vents. The seats, with their contrasting stitching, add a very neat look and feel to the interiors.

Exteriors

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Mercedes-Benz B200 CDI
2012 Mercedes-Benz B200 CDI
The B200’s wide grill complements the elongated headlights while the car’s swage line along the roof helps it attain a longer appearance. The vehicle also has dynamic side skirts on the bottom edge of the body to give the B200’s appearance a lighter touch. The rear end of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz B200 CDI features a wide rear window, two-piece tail lights with horizontally offset meander and a large tailgate with low loading sill.

Should I buy one?

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz B200 CDI, although disappointing in a few areas, is a great car to own considering the fact that there have been a number of changes from its predecessor. Driving position is more comfortable with this version and the seats also have more cushioning. Performance-wise, there’s not too much of a difference from its predecessor, but with a few changes Mercedes-Benz has made with this model, that just might make all the difference.

The new front axle with altered driveshafts, place its power to the road more efficiently and you can actually feel the smoothness of the vehicle when you are speeding along the freeway. Touching 0-62mph in 9.5 seconds, the 2012 B200 is 0.1 seconds faster than the old B200 CDI. With an economy of 64.2mpg, there is a huge improvement of a little over 10.0mpg with the 2012 model.

However, if you are looking to buy the 2012 Mercedes-Benz B200 CDI, you would be making a wise decision especially if you are looking to spend that extra bit of money on a premium brand car.

Price and availability

The estimated price as tested stands at £23,410 and the model should be available in almost all authorized Mercedes-Benz franchise showrooms very soon.

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