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 7 Mercedes-Benz B-Class versions available
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.