Like the idea of a Mercedes A Class but need a bit more space for people and bags? Well, that’s pretty much the reason the Mercedes B Class exists. It shares its smaller sibling’s stunning interior and feature-packed infotainment system, yet offers appreciably more head and leg room in the back and a much bigger boot.
On paper at least, it all looks pretty convincing. The safety technology it has in common with Mercedes’ flagship S Class luxury saloon should prove popular with families, while its tall, full-figured body offers better accessibility to the interior than you’d get from a low-riding hatchback – ideal for fitting child seats and loading luggage, in other words.
If you need seating for seven, you won’t find it here; we suggest you look at the VW Touran or BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer instead. However, assuming five seats will do you just fine, how does the Mercedes B Class compare against its key MPV rivals, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and the VW Golf SV?
Read on over the next few pages to find out, and we’ll also tell you everything you need to know before deciding if a B Class is the car for you, plus which engines and trims make the most sense and which options you might want to consider paying a bit extra for.
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