• May 14, 2007
Not actual CR car. Their tag says "CR4SHZL."

If you see a white base-model Mercedes B200 tooling around Connecticut, don't get too excited. Yet. You see, that one was bought in Canada (for almost $29k U.S.!) and driven across the border by Consumer Reports for their upcoming small car issue. The CR folks mostly like the little Mercedes and called it a "baby minivan." The big news is that, without citing sources, the magazine's website says the German B-class could be imported into the States.

Which we think would be great. More choice is always better. But Automobile.com drove a 2005 version of the car and said, "The B200, fortunately, is not offered in the U.S." Ouch.

[Sources: Consumer Reports, Automobile.com]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Has anyone had any experience driving the B class in the snow? How does it handle flat roads compared to hills?
      • 7 Years Ago
      i have see a couple of blue B-classes driving around in Northern NJ (Edgewater & Bergen County) with manufacture plates. MB USA headquarters is up here, so maybe they are planning to introduce something soon.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They're selling very well up here in Canada. I happen to love driving the B200 Turbo and the interior versatility and spaciousness is superb. Enjoyed the multi-paneled roof as well. It was unfortunately a little expensive, so I opted for a VW GTI which had all the options I wanted (sans a larger roof), but would have prefered a tall hatch/wagon. Next time around I hope there's more choice for more upright non-SUV premium compacts. If VW brought the Golf Plus I would have been all over that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I was just in Germany for work, These are used as Taxi's over there along with mostly E class MB's. Very very few C's...

      I liked them seemed nice on the inside considering the small size. I think that this small Mini-Van may take some getting used to in the US, as this type of vehicle has not been brought over yet.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's a bland but decent enough car. It has plenty of space and is reasonably comfortable but fun to drive is not something you could level against it however you define the term.

      Both the B and the current 2nd generation A class are nice, the only problem is that they truly do not fit the Mercedes brand. Were they to be sold as something else, they could work really well, as it is they do not make Mercedes any money (not after development costs have been considered, since they share very little to nothing with the other cars in the line-up) and damage the brand.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ....or, people could just buy the Mazda5 and save $10k. i'm pretty sure it would be more reliable, too.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe they should bring this and the A-class as a Smart.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The B-Class is an excellent car for anything except sporty driving: A lot more interior space than a C-class, high seating position, very good diesels...
      I know a taxi driver who traded his E-class in for one of these. He's pretty happy with it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      maybe they could sell it as a Chrysler...ooops never mind!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I saw one down here in VA a couple weekends ago. Driving on the blue ridge parkway, stopped at Peaks of Otter (Bedford, VA). Looked quite snobby next to my Fit (about the same size), but $15,000 cheaper!
      • 7 Years Ago
      For $29,000 I'd rather have, oh, at least a dozen other cars that are more powerful and fun to drive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The B-Class should never have been branded as a Mercedes-Benz. It's front wheel drive. Ugh.
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