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Mercedes B ClassThe 2nd smallest Mercedes gets a full makeover.
So, here's the new Mercedes B-Class, not a whole new car, but they revised this thing from the bottom up to really start to put that Mercedes DNA into a compact car. They say it's the ideal way to get through Mercedes in a small vehicle. I'm not sure what that says about the A-Class, which they also make, but that's another story entirely. Now, looking inside, there's definitely an upscale interior, a lot of the same Mercedes switchgear steering wheel, nice leather upholstery and all that. Look at that display in the middle. They say that's going to have a portal to your access to free-standing wireless internet in here, which I assumed would be a hot spot in the car. More importantly, built-in 3G, and perhaps 4G soon, for this vehicle to be online for various telematics, streaming media, infotainment system, they also call out, and standard on this car is a lot of things that you normally find way upscale like standard forward collision prevention, a radar-based system that will keep you from ramming into someone and stopping go traffic, so you aren't the one apparently rear-ending them while you're looking at the screen with the internet stuff on it. Under hood, a choice of, I believe, 5 different power trains, all small ones, all direct injection, by the way, all have auto start-stop and all, not of interest to you and the US 'cause this car is not coming there. By the way, they'll also be available with a direct dual clutch gearbox if you wanna go that way. Then my experience that's been hit and missing small cars. If it's done at a low price, sometimes it can be bolchy and glitchy. I'm looking at U4 with that Fiesta. So overall, the message on the B-Class Mercedes, especially with this revised version, is this, a real Mercedes in a compact package, but not silly compact, not "is that a smart car compact" with a lot of technology while holding the line on price.