The Mercedes-Benz B-Class is an A-Class hatchback with a raised roofline and more boot space. You still get the impressive tech and safety features that come with its hatchback sibling – and unlike some people carriers of old, this one doesn’t skimp on style or desirability.
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Mercedes B-Class Driving Experience
Unlike some of its competitors, there’s no 7-seat option for the B-Class – but what you do get is acres of room for 5 people. The elevated seating position in the front lifts you away from the centre console, emphasising the feeling of space in the cabin. It’s similar in the back, with room even for taller adults to get comfortable.
There’s also plenty of room in the boot. On the petrol and diesel models, you’ll get 440 litres of space with the rear seats in place – enough for a large pram or several large suitcases – although the plug-in hybrid is slightly smaller at 405 litres. On all models, the rear seats can be slid back and forth to increase boot space or rear legroom accordingly. They can also be reclined for extra comfort, or folded down completely in a handy 40/20/40 split.
All the engines in the B-Class range are relatively economical. The smooth, torque diesels, meanwhile, feel like a good fit for the B-Class, and offer up to 55.4mpg.
The most interesting in the line-up is the plug-in hybrid B250e. Due to the way the fuel economy has been measured, it doesn’t boast the triple-digit theoretical mpg figures that you might see claimed by some competitors, but we would nonetheless expect it to return similar results in the real world. More importantly, if you keep the battery topped up it can cover up to 44 miles on electricity alone. That means the typical UK commute could potentially be covered without using any fuel at all.
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The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Vs Competitors
The standout feature of the B-Class is its classy, high-tech interior. It really does feel a cut above the rest on the inside. It also drives better than most – with alert steering and not too much body roll.
The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is even sharper to drive, but it’s not as comfortable as the B-Class, nor is it as quiet on the motorway. If practicality is a key consideration, both have larger siblings that offer 7 seats – the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer and the SUV-style Mercedes-Benz GLB.
The Volkswagen Touran is another strong contender. Its interior can’t match the style and sophistication of the Mercedes-Benz or the BMW, but it is comfortable and spacious, with 7 seats as standard. For a similar price you could also get the larger Ford Galaxy or a compact SUV like the Audi Q3.
The B-Class has a decent reputation for reliability. It finished 3rd in the MPV category of the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey, just behind the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.
The B-Class offers a competitive 440 litres of boot space on the petrol and diesel models (and 405 litres in the plug-in hybrid). That’s usefully more than you’d find in a typical family hatchback.
There are 5 main trim levels and 6 engine options (all with automatic gearboxes), so there’s a B-Class to suit just about every requirement.
All B-Class models come with a rear-view camera, while parking sensors are standard on all barring the entry-level Sport models.
The B-Class is all about taking the family hatchback template and giving it more practicality. It offers a substantial increase in interior space over its A-Class siblings, plus a significant improvement in boot space. Some of its rivals take that even further, but they feel less compact as a result.
While some traditional MPVs were frumpy, utilitarian things, the B-Class takes that concept and packages it in something that’s every bit as sophisticated as its hatchback counterpart. In short, it’s a more practical, versatile car without any significant compromises.
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The B-Class is all about interior space. There’s more room inside than you’ll find in a Mercedes GLA SUV, yet it’s compact enough and takes up no more space on the road than the A-Class hatchback. It also maintains all the other good things that makes the A-Class a popular leasing choice – the B-Class still feels comfortable and nimble to drive. And because it’s a Mercedes, you know you’ll be getting quality and reliability throughout – as well as some truly great interior tech.
The B-Class has a very modern cabin – particularly the dashboard. Stepping out of a traditional family car and into its high-tech cockpit feels like a trip to the future. The cabin is dominated by 2 large screens – 1 is a digital instrument cluster and the other a touchscreen interface for the infotainment system.
Combined, they look like 1 giant widescreen display. There’s also a highly sophisticated voice control system, a touchpad with handwriting recognition, and even an optional augmented reality display for the navigation functions.
All of this is bound together by an elegantly minimalist design, which includes signature Mercedes features like the distinctive chrome-finished ‘turbine’ air vents. It’s safe to say you won’t feel short-changed for choosing this more practical alternative to the Mercedes A-Class.
Much like with the interior, you get the sense that increases in the B-Class’ practicality levels have been achieved without compromising on dynamics. Sure, if you really wring its neck you can sense the B-Class is a little heavier than its hatchback cousins, but it’s still a pretty engaging car to drive. The steering is accurate and there’s plenty of grip. In fact, when it comes to comfort, the B-Class has the upper hand. The suspension is softer – which helps it to absorb bumps more effectively.
All B-Class models perform quite well. The least-powerful B180 model gets from 0-62mph in a respectable 9 seconds, while the B250e will get there in 6.8 seconds – which is hot-hatch pace from a plug-in hybrid MPV. The diesels are smooth and punchy, too. In fact, the B200d is arguably the best engine in the range if you cover longer distances.
All models in the B-Class range come in 5-door compact MPV form.
Trim levels available: Sport, Sport Executive Edition, AMG Line, Executive Edition, AMG Line Premium Edition, AMG Line Premium Plus Edition.
All models come with the show-stopping dual-screen MBUX infotainment system, although you’ll need Sport Executive or one of the AMG Line Premium editions to get the larger 10.25-inch screens that provide the full sci-fi experience. Other standard features include heated front seats, dual-zone climate control and also in-built navigation with live traffic alerts.