The new Mercedes B-Class is a bigger step forward than it might look at first glance. Underneath those same-again looks lie a new platform and advanced technology that will be shared with a family of future Mercedes models.
What’s it like inside?
The new B-Class is longer, wider and lower. It doesn’t have the current car’ ‘sandwich floor’, where the engine is designed to slide under the passenger compartment in a collision. Instead, there’s a longer front end to provide crash protection and a lower floor that gives a more conventional driving position; you no longer feel like you’re sitting with your legs stretched out ahead of you.
Inside, the current car’ austere, angular design has gone, replaced by a curvy dash with large circular air vents. Mercedes says the design is inspired by nature, and that its cabins had become too rational and devoid of emotion.
A display screen, unashamedly iPad-like in appearance, takes centre stage. It comes in two sizes, depending on trim, and is linked to a controller on the centre console.
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