Date registered: Aug 2007
Vehicle: see signature
Location: Vancouver Island, Canada
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I really would have seriously considered buying a Renault ScÃ©nic if they had been available in Canada - I drove one all around Europe in 2005 and my wife and I plus the 3 kids loved the body practicality, space and fuel economy.
The nearest thing we could get to it in Canada was the B 200, which although it's not as practical, is pretty nice all the same. We got ours in late 2007. We weren't able to get the CDI so it had to be the 2 L naturally aspirated gas engine with the 5 speed manual, for better fuel economy than the turbo. I've driven the turbocharged version and found the non-turbo to be more homogeneous. The B Class has more interior room than the E Class, so it's very practical for a family, and it has a massive trunk under the hatch. Our car's lifetime fuel economy is 32.2 MPG US in mixed driving conditions (see my signature for a link to the records).
It's a bit of an anti-Mercedes as it has zero snob appeal, which I like. I don't think that anyone would buy a B for the "prestige"! The looks are decent and the car has road presence due to its height, is easy to get in and out of (especially the back seat - it makes the back seat of the W 204 seem like that of a MINI).
So in summary, we bought it because it's a typical very efficient (with both space and fuel) European car.
2008 Mercedes-Benz B 200 5 speed
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