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by Tim Beissmann

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class has arrived in Australia with fresh styling, an expanded equipment list, and standard all-wheel drive for the flagship B250 variant.

Prices of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class have increased between $500 and $3800 across the range, which now starts at $41,400 in B180 specification, though Mercedes-Benz public relations senior manager David McCarthy says the addition of new features to each variant means overall value is up by $800 to $2500 depending on the variant.

Significantly, the new pricing means most B-Class variants still undercut their direct rivals from the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer range, with the B180 $3000 cheaper than the 218i, the B200 $3500 less than the 220i, and the B250 $700 cheaper than the 225i. The exception is the B200CDI, which costs $100 more than the 218d.

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Visually, the 2015 B-Class gets reshaped headlights in line with Mercedes’ latest design language, a reworked front bumper with larger air intakes, revised tail-light clusters with additional LEDs, and a tweaked rear bumper that more elegantly incorporates the car’s exhaust outlets.

Inside, all variants get a larger, 8.0-inch tablet-style display screen and new trim materials and inserts.

The B180 gains satellite navigation and push-button start; the B200 variants add keyless start, updated navigation system, LED headlights, and blind spot assist; and the B250 gains many of the B200’s extras as well as Mercedes’ 4Matic permanent all-wheel-drive system, an ambient lighting package and an anti-theft system.

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Power and torque from the four B-Class powertrains offered in Australia are unchanged, though some small tweaks have altered their combined cycle fuel consumption ratings and 0-100km/h acceleration ability.

The 90kW/200Nm 1.6-litre turbo petrol B180 is now 1.1 seconds quicker to 100km/h than before (now 9.1sec) as well as 0.6 litres per 100 kilometres more frugal (5.5L/100km).

The 115kW/250Nm 1.6-litre turbo petrol B200 matches the B180’s combined cycle rating and also improves 0.6L/100km, though is 0.2 seconds slower to 100km/h than it was previously, now 8.6sec.

The 100kW/300Nm 2.1-litre turbo diesel B200 CDI’s peak power band has shifted 400rpm downwards, now positioned at 3200-4000rpm. Peak torque also comes up 200rpm lower at 1400-3000rpm. Compared with its predecessor, it’s half a second slower from 0-100km/h (now 9.8sec) but also half a litre per 100km more frugal (now 4.2L/100km).

The 155kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbo petrol B250 matches its front-drive predecessor’s sprint time (6.7sec) and uses 0.3L/100km more fuel (now 6.8L/100km).

 

2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class pricing (before on-road costs):
B180 $41,400 (+$500)
B200 $47,400 (+$1500)
B200 CDI $47,900 (+$1500)
B250 4Matic $54,200 (+$3800)

 

2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class powertrains:
B180
1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine
90kW at 5000rpm
200Nm at 1250-4000rpm
Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (front-wheel drive)
5.5L/100km
0-100km/h: 9.1 seconds

B200
1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine
115kW at 5300rpm
250Nm at 1250-4000rpm
Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (front-wheel drive)
5.5L/100km
0-100km/h: 8.6 seconds

B200 CDI
2.1-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine
100kW at 3200-4000rpm
300Nm at 1400-3000rpm
Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (front-wheel drive)
4.2L/100km
0-100km/h: 9.8 seconds

B250 4Matic
2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine
155kW at 5500rpm
350Nm at 1200-4000rpm
Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (all-wheel drive)
6.8L/100km
0-100km/h: 6.7 seconds

 

2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class specifications:
B180:
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

B200 and B200 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

B250 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




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