Mercedes B-Class review

Category: MPV

Section: Costs & verdict

Mercedes B-Class MPV 2020 infotainment
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  • Mercedes B-Class MPV 2020 infotainment
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  • Mercedes B-Class MPV 2020 front seats
  • Mercedes B-Class 2019 boot open
  • Mercedes B-Class MPV 2020 front tracking
  • Mercedes B-Class MPV 2020 rear tracking
  • Mercedes B-Class MPV 2020 dashboard
  • Mercedes B-Class MPV 2020 rear seats
  • Mercedes B-Class MPV 2020 infotainment
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  • Mercedes B-Class MPV 2020 front seats
  • Mercedes B-Class 2019 boot open
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The B-Class is priced in line with its key rival, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. That means it’ll cost you more to buy than the Volkswagen Touran, both before and after discounts. On the other hand, it’s expected to hold onto its value better than its key rivals, although still nowhere near as well as an equivalent family SUV, such as the Volvo XC40.

Company car users will find particular appeal in the B250e plug-in hybrid; although it’s the most expensive model in the range, its low official CO2 output of 22g/km brings a lower BiK tax rating than conventionally powered rivals can offer.

In the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey, the B-Class finished third in the MPV class, above the 2 Series Active Tourer. However, in the brand rankings, Mercedes finished a relatively disappointing 26th out of 31 manufacturers in the same survey, behind key rivals Audi and BMW.

The safety experts at Euro NCAP awarded the B-Class a five-star rating. The 2 Series Active Tourer and Volkswagen Touran also achieved five-star results, although these were from 2014 and 2015 respectively, when the tests weren’t as stringent as they are today.

Examining the results more closely, the B-Class stands out by offering better protection for the legs of the driver and front passenger in the event of a crash. Even entry-level Sport trim comes with automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane-keeping assistance and a system that monitors the driver alertness.

Mercedes B-Class MPV 2020 infotainment

Overview

The B-Class is smart inside, comfortable and really practical. If you’re looking for a genuine SUV alternative and you don’t need seven seats, it’s well worth a look. The entry-level B180 petrol in Sport or Sport Executive trim is our pick, but company car users might find the plug-in hybrid B250e of interest.

  • Stunning interior
  • Comfortable ride
  • Lots of passenger space
  • No seven-seat option
  • B180 and B200 petrol engines could be quieter
  • There are cheaper alternatives
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