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New Mercedes-Benz B160 BlueEFFICIENCY Review

The new Mercedes-Benz B160 BlueEFFICIENCY SE is described by the legendary manufacturer as a 'compact sports tourer'.

By Stephen Turvil
Sep 24, 2010
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The new Mercedes-Benz B160 BlueEFFICIENCY SE is described by the legendary manufacturer as a 'compact sports tourer'. Fair enough, but it may be easier to pigeon hole this reliable workhorse as a compact multi-purpose vehicle. Either way the B-Class is a highly versatile machine, so let's see what it has to offer.

The Mercedes-Benz B160 BlueEFFICIENCY SE seats four people in comfort, and you can squeeze in a petite fifth at a push. There is also a generous 506-litre boot that, as well as having a versatile double layer floor, can be increased in size to 2,205-litres by manoeuvring the rear seats. Once inside B-Class occupants benefit from the standard air-conditioning system, rain sensing wipers, and a generous dose of safety features that includes adaptive brake lights and the electronic stability programme.

Power comes courtesy of the 1.5-litre 95hp petrol engine that propels the five-speed manually geared B160 BlueEFFICIENCY SE to 62mph in 13.2 seconds. Not fast, but perfectly adequate for most drivers. Fuel consumption is decent too, as this particular B-Class averages 44.1mpg and returns up to 52.3mpg on the extra urban cycle. These characteristics complement the noteworthy handling that feels confident and secure.

Motoring.co.uk's database reveals the new Mercedes-Benz B160 BlueEFFICIENCY SE is listed with 'buy safe' sellers from £18,915. Alternatively, this versatile family holdall is available on a personal contract purchase plan. Terms include the £2,499 deposit plus thirty-six payments of £259 at 5.9% APR. Should you choose to keep the B-Class at the end of the contract, the final purchase payment is £9,625.

So, there we go. The Mercedes-Benz B-Class is a versatile vehicle that handles nicely, has a generous equipment specification, and sports one of the most fashionable badges in town. Unlike some prestigious machines it also has sensible running costs and is practical enough to enjoy everyday. Well done MB.

More On This Car
Take one for a spin or order a brochure
Request a MERCEDES-BENZ B CLASS brochure
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By Stephen Turvil
Sep 24, 2010