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Outstanding cabin design and quality

Published 26/02/2012 | 05:00

Meanwhile, back in the real world, Shane O'Donoghue tries out the Mercedes-Benz B-Class for size

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THE first thing that hits you about the new B-Class is that it looks far more conventional than the model it's replacing. That's thanks to a significant reduction in height. You know what? I'd go on record as saying it's quite attractive. And if murmurings from Mercedes-Benz Ireland are to be believed, finance packages will price it on equal footing with the likes of the Ford C-Max and Toyota Verso. The theory is, "Wouldn't you rather have a Mercedes on your drive?"

We reckon buyers have more to think about, but at least now they have another option. Being a family man myself, I can see how the B-Class would suit the needs of my wife and I, and our two young kids. There's plenty of space and a decently sized boot. However, what really stands out is the quality of the cabin. And its contemporary design.

This is probably the most modern Mercedes-Benz you can buy, which backs up Merc's plans to go after a younger target audience. Or am I getting older?

On the road, it's competent rather than engaging, and there's plenty of oomph in the B 180 CDI diesel engine for most people.

Sorry, I can't continue with this: I still want one of those AMG models instead. What's that Mercedes? You have an AMG version of the B-Class planned too? I'll start saving...

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