Which used car is better?
Mercedes B-Class and BMW 2 Series Active Tourer have conquered the hearts of many seniors as practical high seats. Really mature, however, only one shows.
High residual values for used show the popularity
The business model worked so well in an aging society that BMW no longer wanted to watch enviously. In March 2014, the 2er Active Tourer appeared. Following the example of the B class, BMW even slaughtered a few sacred cows: front instead of rear-wheel drive, three- or four-cylinder or six-cylinder engine. Both would have been unthinkable among the people of Munich, when the seniors' clientele that was being courted today was still in its prime. Interestingly, it is precisely this, which hardly bothers the traditional break and courageously accessed. How strong the interest is, can be easily read from the high residual values for used. Early models of the clearly matured second B-Class W 246 still cling tenaciously to the 10,000 euro mark, for the younger BMW are always a few thousands more due.
Used car search: Mercedes B-Class
|engine||Four-cylinder / forward longitudinal||Three-cylinder / front cross|
|Valves / camshafts||4 per cylinder / 2||4 per cylinder / 2|
|capacity||1595 cm³||1499 cc|
|power||90 kW (122 hp) at 5000 rpm||100 kW (136 hp) at 4400 rpm|
|torque||200 Nm at 1250 / min||220 Nm at 1250 / min|
|top speed||190 km / h||205 km / h|
|0-100 km / h||10.2 s||9.3 s|
|Tank / fuel||50 l / super||51 l / super|
|Gearbox / drive||Seven-speed DCT / front wheel||Six-speed automatic / Front|
|Length Width Height||4359/1786/1557 mm||4354/1800/1555 mm|
|Boot capacity||486-1545 l||468-1510 l|
|Curb weight / payload||1395/565 l||1385/525 kg|
The Mercedes annoys in different ways
When driving the good old Mercedes spirit has to be thoroughly searched. With much benevolence, he is recognizable in the delayed responsive accelerator, which reminds a little of the old 123er – just like the round ventilation rosettes. Under the short hood sit the well-known and proven Mercedes engines from the A-Class. In mid-2013 came the first Euro 6 diesel. Because of their rough running and only mediocre soundproofing, they are rather something for highway or country road, where usually wind noise drown out the engine noise. On long distances annoying but too short seats, sometimes hectic switching dual-clutch gearbox and hard suspensions. Especially on bad roads disturbs the staccato vote with their rigid spring behavior. No wonder that a B 200 CDI, who completed the endurance test over 100,000 kilometers from 2013 to 2015 at How To Cars, rarely went on a big trip.
Used car search: BMW 2 Series
When BMW the three-cylinder destroyed the good impression
All this is no reason for glee with BMW fans. Even a 2015 used 218i Active Tourer was in the editorial a difficult position. Although he could convince as expected in chassis and steering, but the good impression was quickly destroyed by the new three-cylinder. With 136 hp proved the 1.5-liter Motörchen enough sportsmanship, with 8.5 liters in the test section, but he consumed no less than a comparable four-cylinder and thus lost his right to exist. When the engine struck at mileage 36,000, it was finally over with the affection. Reason: a misconstructed crankshaft bearing! BMW reversed production and retrofitted all vehicles delivered by April 2015 for free. At the end of the endurance test, it was enough only for the grade 4, with which the 2 Series Active Tourer had to rank clearly behind the mechanically much more solid B-Class (Grade 2).
|test consumption||6.9 l S / 100 km||6.8 l S / 100 km|
|CO2||164 g / km||161 g / km|
|inspection||300-550 euros||300-600 euros|
|Liability (15) *||504 euros||611 euros|
|Partial coverage (20) *||147 euros||179 euros|
|Full insurance (22) *||892 euros||957 euros|
|Vehicle tax (Euro 6)||137 euros||88 E|
|Spare parts prices **|
|Alternator (AT)||1285 euros||933 euros|
|Starter (AT)||826 euros||505 euros|
|water pump||583 euros||402 euros|
|toothed belt||not applicable (chain)||not applicable (chain)|
|silencer||552 euros||713 euros|
|Mudguard front left, painted||687 euros||723 euros|
|Brake discs and pads||451 E||596 euros|
|* Online rate of the HUK24 insurance: admission in Hamburg, driver only policyholders and partners (25 years old), annual mileage 15,000 km, damage-free class 1; ** Prices include wages and 19 percent sales tax|