The Merc B-Class tipped to be award winner

One recent addition to the Mercedes-Benz range and a car tipped to be a prominent contender for an Irish Car of the Year Award is the new replacement B-Class series.

One recent addition to the Mercedes-Benz range and a car tipped to be a prominent contender for an Irish Car of the Year Award is the new replacement B-Class series.

Fitted with a vastly improved range of standard specifications, the new B-Class comes with an entry-level price some 11% lower than the model it replaces.

In Ireland, the model that will account for the bulk of B-Class sales is the 109bhp entry level B180 CDI which comes on the market at 29,330 euro (ex works) with road tax of 160 euro per annum. In petrol, first version to go on sale is the 122bhp B180BlueEFFICIENCY selling at 29,890 euro (ex works) with road tax of 225 euro per annum.

Its striking features are its reduced height, lower centre of gravity, generous interior space, high standard of safety and improved headroom.

Its extra interior spaciousness can be made more valuable by an optional feature that allows the rear seats to be adjusted forwards/backwards to facilitate the carriage of bulky items.

Outstanding aerodynamics help to deliver low fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions while a standard item on all B-Class models is an ECO start/stop function. A world-first in the compact segment also is the provision of a new radar-based collision prevention warning with adaptive brake assist as standard to reduce the risk of rear-end collisions.

Pictured with the new B-Class is Mercedes-Benz main dealer Shawn Carson from Sheehy Motors, Carlow .