What used Mercedes-Benz B-Class hatchback will I get for my budget?
You’ll need around £7500 to buy a B-Class of this generation, that for a 2012 car with an average mileage for the year and a full service history bought from a trader. Expect to spend between £10,000 and £12,000 on a 2013 to 2014 car that satisfies the same criteria, and between £13,000 and £15,000 for 2015 and 2016 cars bought from an independent dealer.
How much does it cost to run a Mercedes-Benz B-Class hatchback?
If you ignore the higher purchase price than you probably can’t beat the cost of the electric B-Class, if it fits into your lifestyle. The B180d SE claims an average fuel consumption of 70.6mpg for a corresponding CO2 emissions figure of 104g/km. The rest of the B180d range claims 68.9mpg, with CO2 emissions of 106g/km, while the B200d average 65.7mpg and 112g/km. The more powerful B220d is good for a claimed average of 67.3mpg and 108g/km, despite being faster. The best-performing petrol car is the B180 SE with a claimed 50.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 129g/km.
Annual car tax for the B-Classes registered before the changes of April 2017 came into force are taxed according to CO2 output, and most will continue to pay a relatively small amount. Those registered after that date will pay the flat rate of tax, currently £140 a year.
Insurance groups range from 15 up to 26 for the B220d models, so should be reasonable.
Mercedes-Benz operates a number of servicing plans, with prices starting from around £27 per month, and this guarantees the price of parts and labour for up to three services. However, there are plenty of independent specialists who will service your B-Class, and often at prices that will undercut a main dealer price, so it’s worth shopping around.