What should I look for in a used Mercedes B-Class hatchback?
The B-Class is a long-ish car, so although visibility is good all-round check the extremities of the car carefully for any dents or dings. Also, check the alloy wheels for any kerb damage. Make sure the rear seats fold as they should, and the rear tailgate opens and shuts properly. It’s worth checking any electrical equipment on board as well.
This B-Class is still a little too new for any reported reliability data to have filtered through. However, on the previous model most niggles reported from the owners seem to relate to non-engine electrics, with these centred on the engine management, sat-nav system and the starting and ignition operation. Most of the problems were fixed under warranty and within a week, and there are no obvious, or even major, issues that plague the car, although on diesel-engined models the particulate filter can get easily clogged, especially if the car has been used for shorter journeys.
Mercedes as a brand finished in 24th place out of 31 manufacturers in our most recent reliability survey.
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