For The B-Class has a huge cabin, a big boot and a classy, luxurious interior. There’s a good range of engines that give an excellent balance of performance an economy.
Against A jittery ride and poor refinement mean the driving experience doesn’t really match the car’s luxurious intentions. The inconsistently weighted steering ruins the otherwise smart handling. Pricey, too.
What Car? says
The Mercedes B-Class is a decent bet if you want as much space and prestige as possible from your family hatchback. You’ll pay handsomely for a B-Class, though, and it’s not great to drive.
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There are 16 Mercedes-Benz B-Class versions available
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Four diesel versions are on offer, starting with a 108bhp 1.5-litre unit available as the B180 CDI or the more efficient B180 CDI ECO (94g/km). Then there are two 2.1-litre engines; the B200 offers 134bhp while a 173bhp 2.1, called the B220, is also available. Topping the range is the B220 4Matic, which is the only all-wheel-drive model.
Petrol power consists of a 1.6-litre engine that is offered in both the B180 with 120bhp or the B200 with 154bhp. An pure-electric version is on the way, too.
Entry-level SE cars come with lots of standard equipment, including 16-inch alloy wheels, leatherette upholstery, iPod connectivity, a reversing camera and city-braking technology.
Sport models add larger 17-inch alloy wheels, an interior lighting package with 12 different settings and automatic headlights and wipers. Range-topping AMG Line cars then add 18-inch wheels, part-real leather seats and more aggressively styled bumpers.
Reader test team says:
I swung at the last moment from a Golf – the extra cabin and boot space made the difference. With, 1000 miles on the clock over a mix of town,…