Mercedes-Benz B180 CDI Edition 1 – Bells And Whistles

8/12/2014 9:07:33 PM

The Edition 1 version of the Mercedes B-Class features all the good bits of the regular car plus some. Here’s what it’s really like

Hatchback? Um.... utility vehicle? I’d say somewhere in between would be closer to the truth where the Mercedes B-Class is concerned. Which, to my mind, is a good thing. Firstly, it stands out in the overcrowded hatchback arena. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, it’s roomier than most of the other hatches. Besides, it offers a bigger boot than most too, even though the spare wheel strapped on the boot floor robs it of a lot of space. But there was some kit missing for those who wanted their cars loaded to the gills with gizmos. For these gents (and them ladies too) Mercedes have a limited Edition 1 version that will be on offer soon.

Blacked-out ORVMs and discreet badging on door sills separate the Edition 1 from the regular B-Class

Blacked-out ORVMs and discreet badging on door sills separate the Edition 1 from the regular B-Class

If you see the Edition 1 head on then you’ll be forgiven for mistaking it for the regular B-Class, but look closer, and you will see discreet touches such as the Edition 1 stickering on the door sills. Distinctive yet understated. Typically Merc. The biggest visual difference exists on top of the car, for the B-Class Edition 1 is kitted out with a panoramic sunroof, which is a great thing to have when you’re headed for the hills to escape the relentless heat of the harsh Indian summer.

Inside, there is, of course, a discreetly placed Edition 1 badging and electric seat adjustment for the front passenger. But the more significant and overtly visible change has happened at the rear. Passengers at the back of the B-Class Edition 1 will now benefit from twin individual rear entertainment systems wherein they can enjoy whatever film suits their fancy without disturbing the other passenger. To further keep them out of each other’s hair there is a central arm-rest as well now. Pretty handy if you’re taking a road trip with a couple of kids who need to be kept entertained. The addition of a rear parking camera is a welcome addition since you now no longer have to rely on your judgement of invisible edges to park the car.

Solidly built cabin feels rich and premium

Solidly built cabin feels rich and premium

Like the A-Class Edition 1, there are no changes either in the powertrain or the chassis of the B-Class for its Edition 1 version. The car continues to be available with Mercedes’ turbocharged 2,143-cc in-line four-cylinder common rail diesel injected engine. The transversely mounted lump under the short bonnet is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox that transmits power and torque to the front wheels. With typical German precision power delivery has been kept linear and there is no hint of turbo lag. The gearbox works very well too and there is adequate power available throughout the rev range.

Refined engine is a decent performer

Refined engine is a decent performer

Despite its van-like exterior styling the B handles well in keeping with Mercedes tradition. It also offers a comfortable ride quality. The combination of the two makes the B-Class a pleasant vehicle to own and drive. A word of caution, though – do not look to the B for excitement. It makes no efforts to conceal the fact that it’s meant to be a practical yet luxury family touring car. And on this latter count, the B-Class Edition 1 fits the bill perfectly well indeed. As for the price, expect it to be upwards of $50,230.


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