The B-Class has a smart interior that takes some design queues from the 2011 SLS supercar, although you’ll need some imagination to see them. It is a very premium cabin and small niggles like the low position of the temperature controls are the only cause for complaint. There is ample passenger space for four adults and the boot is decent in size, albeit not the biggest in class.
On the road the B-Class is not particularly bad, but doesn’t shine in any way either – you’d more from a Mercedes. Although the ride is fine on most surfaces, really bad ones can make the car bounce around. Wind noise is quite audible in the cabin at speeds, but that is to be expected from the boxy shape of the car.
The B180 diesel is the best engine for the B-Class because it’s very cheap on fuel, but some might find it a bit slow. The B220 diesel is much faster and almost equally frugal so we’d go for it if performance is up on your list. The automatic gearbox makes for an easier driving experience and you can specify the B-Class with four-wheel-drive for added winter grip.
Although, the B-Class is quite expensive you get a decent amount of equipment for your money. The base SE model gets automatic city braking, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, air-conditioning and a reversing camera as standard.
The B-Class is premium and practical but also quite dated now
With its upmarket exterior styling and posh interior you can see why someone looking for a premium car with a decent amount of space could be persuaded into buying the B-Class. That is if they prefer it to the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer which is better in almost every way.
Truth is, though, if you can live with a less sought after badge, a model such as the Ford C-MAX does almost everything just as well as and, bar the premium feel, most things quite a lot better. That could prove to be a bitter pill that’s hard to swallow for the family car owners who’re likely to buy the Mercedes.
If want some more in-depth information on the Mercedes B-Class, read the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the following pages. And, if you want to see what sort of offers are available on the B-Class, go to our deals page.