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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 14 Mercedes-Benz B-Class versions available

Hatchback B180 SE 5dr £21,500
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback B180 Sport 5dr £22,225
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback B180 CDI SE 5dr £22,575
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback B180 CDI SE ECO 5dr £22,575
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback B200 SE 5dr £22,575
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback B180 CDI Sport 5dr £23,170
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback B200 Sport 5dr £23,300
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback B180 AMG Line 5dr £23,520
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback B200 CDI SE 5dr £23,650
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback B200 CDI Sport 5dr £24,245
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback B180 CDI AMG Line 5dr £24,465
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback B200 AMG Line 5dr £24,595
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback B200 CDI AMG Line 5dr £25,540
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback B220 CDI Sport 5dr £27,125
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

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:

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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