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Used Mercedes-Benz B-Class review: 2005-2009

On the road the B-Class demonstrated good grip and nice chassis balance ...
EXPERT RATING
7
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If the Mercedes-Benz A-Class suited young singles and couples without kids starting out in life along with older couples at the other end of the journey whose kids had fled the nest, the B-Class was the car for couples in the midst of family life.

The B-Class was a logical extension of the A-Class concept, a larger version of the small peoplemover capable of hauling a tribe of kids to school, sports days or wherever they need to go.

Outwardly it looked like an A-Class, there was the same upright stance, the same sloping front, and the same sweeping roof, but it was longer. That extra length was used to create a roomy and versatile interior that was perfect for its intended use.

At launch there were two models, the B200 and the B200 Turbo, but they were joined a few months later by the B180 diesel. All were five-door, front-wheel drive hatches cum wagons capable of accommodating five adults and packed with features and safety equipment. Mercedes offered a choice of two 2.0-litre petrol engines, one of them turbocharged for extra zip, and a frugal 2.0-litre turbodiesel.

All engines could be had with a Continuously Variable Transmission, CVT, which was the auto choice, or that could be with either five or six-speed manuals. The manual 'boxes were generally praised for the their ease of use, but the CVT copped some flak for being sluggish and unresponsive.

On the road the B-Class demonstrated good grip and nice chassis balance, but for a more sporty drive there was a sports suspension package available as well. All models were well equipped with all the standard features wanted in a car today, including air, power windows and mirrors, remote central locking, cloth trim, fog lamps, alloy wheels, central locking and CD sound.

IN THE SHOP

Anyone buying a Mercedes-Benz needs to do so in full knowledge that servicing and parts come at a premium, which makes it important to seek out a specialist who can service your car, and source parts, at a more economical rate. When checking a car prior to purchase test all the gadgets to make sure they work, fixing them later can cost a motza. If you're unsure get a mechanic to help you.

Check for a service record, as like all engines, Mercedes-Benz powerplants suffer when forced to run on dirty oil. Also check for panel damage, particularly around the front, which is hard to see and can make it hard to judge when parking. Also check the interior for the damage that can nat
urally occur when transporting kids.

IN A CRASH

Five stars from ANCAP say it all. The B-Class is well geared for a   crash with front, side and curtain airbags, plus ABS brakes and ESP stability control.

UNDER THE PUMP

For economy the diesel delivers to the tune of 6.2 L/100 km on   average and the pick of the B-Class bunch. The petrol engines deliver 7.2 L/100 km (non-turbo) and 7.9 L/100 km (turbo), and what's more 'Benz says they can handle E10.

AT A GLANCE

Price new: $47,400 to $51,400
Engines: 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbodiesel, 80 kW/250 Nm; 2.0-litre 4-cylinder, 100 kW/185 Nm; 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder, 142 kW/280 Nm
Transmissions: CVT auto, 6-speed manual, 5-speed manual
Economy: 6.2 L/100 km (B180 CDI), 7.2 L/100 km (B200), 7.9 L/100 km (B200 Turbo)
Body: 5-door hatchback
Variants: B180 CDI, B200, B200 Turbo
Safety: 5-star ANCAP

Pricing

Year Price From Price To
2009 $8,000 $14,080
2008 $7,200 $12,980
2007 $6,000 $10,780
2006 $5,200 $9,240
2005 $5,100 $9,020

View all Mercedes-Benz B-Class pricing and specifications

Pricing guides

$6,600
Based on 4 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$5,999
Highest Price
$7,490

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
B200 2.0L, PULP, 5 SP MAN $5,100 – 7,920 2005 Mercedes-Benz B-Class 2005 B200 Pricing and Specs
B200 Turbo 2.0L, PULP, CVT AUTO $5,800 – 9,020 2005 Mercedes-Benz B-Class 2005 B200 Turbo Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
7
Graham Smith
Contributing Journalist

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