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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.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Hatchback
33 5stars

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 9 Mercedes-Benz B-Class versions available

Hatchback B180 SE 5dr £22,020
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback B180 CDI SE ECO 5dr £22,950
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback B180 Sport 5dr £23,335
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback B180 CDI Sport 5dr £24,075
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback B200 CDI SE 5dr £24,125
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback B180 CDI SE auto 5dr £24,225
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback B200 CDI Sport 5dr £25,425
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback B220 Sport 4MATIC 5dr £28,140
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback B220 CDI Sport 5dr £28,225
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

B-Class buyers have five engines to choose from, two turbocharged 1.6-litre petrols, two 1.8-litre turbodiesels and a 2.1 diesel.

Whether you go petrol or diesel, we’d recommend going with the entry-level engine. Granted, they’re slower than their brawnier counterparts, but they’re fast enough, no less flexible and much cheaper to buy and run. The entry-level diesel has a distinct edge over the more powerful diesel for refinement, too. In fact, the lower-powered diesel is our favourite engine of the bunch.

We think SE trim is the best of the two available. It provides alloys wheels, air-conditioning, four electric windows, a CD player with USB port and a system that helps steer your car into a parking space.

Sport models add some desirable kit, like man-made leather upholstery, xenon headlamps and a reversing camera, but it costs a lot more and, with a lowered suspension and bigger wheels, the ride is even more unforgiving.

Reader test team says:

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Hatchback B180 CDI SE auto 5dr

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,…

Niall McMurtry

4 out of 5 stars
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