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Mercedes B-Class (05 - 12) review

(2005 - 2012)
Mercedes B-Class (05 - 12)
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What's the used Mercedes-Benz B-Class hatchback like?

Tall, and slightly geeky looking, the Mercedes B-Class is a car that you buy for its spacious interior rather than its exterior design, or the way it drives.

It’s shorter and easier to park than most family cars, yet it has enough rear leg room to make a Mercedes S-Class limousine feel a bit cramped.

True, there’s no seven-seat option, which is a little disappointing, but there’s more room for luggage than there is in most contemporary estates and MPVs.

Instead, the B-Class’s biggest failing is in the way it drives. The steering is dull, so it’s no fun, and the ride is unsettled over most surfaces.

At least some of the engines are good, with the punchy, frugal B 200 CDI diesel being the pick of the range, but be sure to go for a car that has the optional automatic gearbox, because the manual that came as standard is horribly vague.

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