Mercedes renews its B-Class caring for its endowment and its engines. Being a resister against the army of SUV, this minivan is far from anecdotal for the brand.
If only one remains, I’ll be that one. Such to be the motto of the B-Class of the constructor to the Star. In the ocean of SUV, this compact minivan keeps its course firmly. Launched in 2005, it has sold more than 1.5 million copies. He still has many supporters. Among them may be class A defectors, who left the minivan clothes to endorse those of the sedan already in 2012.
Why ride a minivan? This type of vehicle offers something that some motorists have a hard time going after they have tasted: space. Modularity, this organization of habitability, is the corollary. Although the SUV has long since bitten to the hocks in this area, becoming over time more extensive and more practical, the MPV still retains followers, especially among families who are looking for the easiest machines to roll as soon as it’s about piling up parcels or luggage.
2019 Mercedes B-Class Redesign & Changes
Designed on the same platform as the latest generation of the Mercedes A-Class, the new B-Class changes radically in appearance. When the older generation evoked a big Class A, the 2018 vintage has a more distinctive style.
If the flag has been lowered, this new “tourer” still offers a raised driving position. Thus, the driver will be sitting 90 mm higher than in a Class A. The interior layout of the B-Class is very similar to that of A-Class, and we find in particular the large digital display tablet that divides into two blocks (instrumentation and infotainment). It extends over the entire width of the dashboard.
The 2019 Mercedes B-Class is the second special car after the A-Class to benefit from the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) multimedia system. It offers the comfort of the occupants with optional equipment previously reserved for high-end models: air conditioning seats, massage seats and new kinetic ENERGIZING seat that can promote beneficial position changes for the back with changes the inclination of the seat cushion and the backrest.
At the height of sophistication, the B-Class borrows many of its Class S limousine driver assistance systems, such as the DISTRONIC distance control wizard, the emergency stop wizard, the shift wizard, and more. track or autonomous emergency braking.
Does the new B-Class meet the specifications of these irreducible? The answer is clearly positive. On the aesthetic level, the manufacturer did not give in to the temptation to attract it into the orbit of the SUV, like Peugeot with its big 5008. “Our designers had for mission to stand out this new model of the universe of minivans, says the constructor. They may have arrived, but their work is not spectacular. With its rather rounded lines, a good height under the roof, and a large glazed surface, this new B-Class respects to the letter the aesthetic codes of the minivan. However, there is a laudable aerodynamic effort, with a Cx (coefficient of penetration into the air) of only 0, 24. This means less flow noise.
The changes appear more important inside, where we find the double slab gathering the driving information, become usual on recent Mercedes, including the small Class A. It is available in three versions: with two screens of 7 inches (17, 78 cm), with a screen of 10, 25 inches (26 cm) and finally with two screens of 10, 25 inches. A head-up display is available as an option. As on the E-Class, the controls are tactile with the “Black Panel” finish, which offers in addition to minimized night lighting. In contrast to the thin double slab, the five aerators seem massive, but they are pleasant to use and functional On Line Style, “the fins have a more accentuated color at the bottom of the nozzle, which is reminiscent of the afterburner of aircraft,” specifies in his way Mercedes. The mood lighting is illuminated in no less than 64 colors and 10 chromatic universes! Depending on the settings, the interior of the B Class evokes the colorful facades of Broadway. We will appreciate, or not.
Question modularity, rear seat backrests are breakable according to the usual 40/20/40, always appreciated by minivan drivers. Depending on the equipment, these seats can slide 14 cm and their backrest can be placed in a more upright position. Unfortunately, this option will only be available from mid-2019, as will the front passenger’s folding backrest, which can carry long objects. The trunk volume can then vary between 455 and 705 liters, amounting up to 1,540 liters once the rear seats folded down and with a load up to the roof.
The seats are more horizontal and wider, with a wider range of settings. Their equipment is worthy of a higher segment. Thus, they can be air-conditioned and offer a massage function. Particular care, as is often the case on German vehicles, is granted to the maintenance of the back. An “Energizing” function, in conjunction with the electrical settings and the memory of the front seats, subtly relieves the lumbar by small regular changes in the inclination of the seat cushion and backrest.
2019 Mercedes B-Class Engine Specs & Performance
The B-Class is equipped with the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) system, which provides extensive connectivity. The voice command is activated by pronouncing the words “Hey Mercedes!”. Provided you articulate his word, this system works properly. Driving aids are numerous. The best performers (active steering and cruise control) of course answer the call.
Two engines 4 cylinders 1, 3 l gasoline are available in 136 and 190 hp. Both have cylinder shut-off when used at low loads and are paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. We tested for our part a new diesel group 2 liters developing 150 hp, accessible also in 190 hp. This engine is Euro 6d, which will come into effect in early 2020. It is coupled with a new double-clutch automatic transmission with eight gears.
This mechanics proved to be available to all the diets without showing any particular brio. Like all diesel engines, it is silent at constant speed and rumbling in acceleration. The soundproofing is nevertheless neat. Nothing to say about the comfort of walking, favored by the very good seats. As an option, as it is often used by Mercedes, an active suspension allows you to adjust the damping adjustment. The transmission, fluid and fast, is forgotten. Her ultimate report is a little too long, but she instantly retrogrades when needed. Is the B-Class well on the road? Sedan drivers have to swallow their smiles. Because this minivan is driving and quick agile, helped by a precise direction ensuring trajectories to the line.
The new B-Class can be ordered from December 3, 2018 and will be delivered from February 2019.