Mercedes-Benz A-Class vs B-Class: Comparison
Mercedes-Benz has been on a roll off-late. And I say this not in terms of sales numbers, but thanks to the model offensive that the Stuttgart-based company has been on. Almost their entire model range has received significant updates, but more significantly Mercedes-Benz has finally brought in products from their ‘value’ range, namely the A-Class and the B-Class.
Both these cars are extremely important to the starry manufacturer as they not only aim to offer a typical Mercedes-Benz experience but also a lot of value for that cheque of yours with a whole lot of numbers. Now coming to the cars, both look quite identical in passing glance. Both share the same engines and almost the same price, too.
Now it’s easy to differentiate between say a C-Class and an E-Class considering there is a significant amount of difference in the size of the vehicle and the prices, but how do you pick between two cars which have so much in common? Read on…
The Family Man and the Young’un
First, let me come to the point where in the intro I mentioned about both these cars looking identical in a passing glance. Well, that similarity starts and ends right there. The moment you check the cars out in detail you realise just how different they look and how different their appeal is.
Standing side by side, the only common detail a trained eye will notice is the big three-pointed star in the centre of the grille; the rest of the cars are as different as chalk and cheese as far as looks are concerned. Standing next to the A-Class, the B looks tall, slightly van-ish (considering it’s a compact sports tourer) and happy. The A-Class, on the other hand, sits low, looks like a proper hot-hatch and is always angry.
While pictures might make you believe that the B-Class is as big as say a Hyundai i20 or a Honda Jazz, in the flesh one realises that the B, at 4,359mm in length, is actually much bigger than the sub 4-metre Jazz. If anything, the B feels slightly reminiscent of Merc’s ‘Grand Sport Tourer,’ the R-Class, albeit in a scaled-down form factor.