The Mercedes B-Class is the German premium manufacturer's compact MPV, designed to bring the fight to other more mainstream rivals like the Volkswagen Golf Plus and Ford C-MAX. Originally launched back in 2005, the older B-Class was replaced by the current car in 2011, and it's significantly better than its fairly dull predecessor, sporting a much more stylish exterior combined with that little bit of extra space and flexibility. It's built around a front-wheel-drive platform that's also used in the latest, more stylish A-Class and three other upcoming Mercedes models. The interior layout is roomy and versatile, maintaining Mercedes’ reputation for serious quality. The B-Class comes with a choice of two diesel and two petrol engines, plus a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox that's available across the whole range. The B-Class comes in only two main specifications – the entry-level SE and top-of-the-range Sport.