first of all let me say that I bought my Ashton Acoustic bass from Amazon Warehouse Deals for £86, and based on that price I would say it was excellent, but to pay £179 BN price for the bass i would only give it 3 stars.
Ive only plugged it in once, and the strings are still really new so it was a little bit tingy, but that could be damped, with the sound controls on the bass. there is also a DI input also. Let me also say that all guitars with onboard tuners need a 9V battery, even though it comes with one, ive never known them have any power, so make sure you have one handy.
My purpose for it is just to doodle around while watching some forgetable TV and Its nice to play, action is a little too low as there is some fret noise from the lower end of the fretboard, also if you play any chords on it, it will rattle, maybe im a little too agressive with it, but for me it serves a purpose.
As ive said, I bought it nearly new and saved 45% on the amazon brand new price, I would not pay £180 for it, but upto £100 yes.