Mercedes B-class

Mercedes B-class information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about Merc’s tallboy mini MPV. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the B-class car range.

Background

The Mercedes-Benz B-class is an A-class Plus – like an estate version of the monospace compact hatch. A similarly large range of engines and models are available. For more information on the Mercedes B-class, click on our further stories on the links below.

60sec road test

Take one A-class and turn it into a five-door, five-seater compact people carrier to rival the likes of the C-Max/Scenic family cars. It’s beautifully finished, if a little dowdy looking - outside, at least. Inside you’ll find a well crafted cabin sprinkled with nice touches. Those classy air vents alone will remind you why you pay a Merc premium to get into a car like this. It’s not perfect though; the electric parking brake switch is a letdown and the climate control switches feel a bit cheap. That huge glass area makes the cabin nice and light and airy for transporting kids around in. The boot is a decent 488 litres big, expanding to 1547 if you tumble the back seats down. That’s bigger than rivals with seats in place. This is a comfortable, refined car to drive and best enjoyed with the manual gearbox rather than the twin-clutch auto in our view.

The one we’d buy

B180 CDI

The one we’d avoid like the plague

tbc

Rivals to consider

Citroen C4 Picasso, Ford C-Max, Renault Scenic

For

Very rounded, very complete, very sensible

Against

Pricey, lacks any excitement

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