Mercedes B-Class MPV

Price  £21,825 - £34,265

Mercedes B-Class MPV

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Stylish looks
  • High build quality
  • Improved safety systems
  • Pricey options
  • Not the cheapest
  • Steering lacks feel

At a glance

The greenest
B 250 e Electric Art 5dr £32,570
The cheapest
B 180 SE 5dr £21,825
The fastest
B220 d Sport 7G DCT 5dr £27,850
Top of the range
B 250 e Electric Art Premium 5dr £34,265

"The revised Mercedes B-Class is a classy, comfortable and spacious MPV that offers a more luxurious experience than its rivals."

When the Mercedes B-Class went on sale, it was one of very few upmarket small MPVs. The class is more crowded now, which has led Mercedes to revise the car.

The B-Class gets a revised range of petrol and diesel engines to go alongside an electric version, called Electric Drive, that’ll be launched in early 2015. Our favourite model is the mid-range B200 CDI Sport, which offers low running costs without sacrificing engine power.

This update also brings the choice of a new high-end trim level called AMG Line. This offers sportier looks and a slightly posher interior than the SE and Sport trims. AMG Line is aimed at drivers who are looking for a sportier drive at the expense of comfort, so if you want soft suspension, go for a different version.

Technology in the B-Class includes Collision Prevention Assist (which can warn you if it believes a crash is imminent), an improved multimedia system that's clearer and easier to use than before and the Mercedes Connect Me system that allows you to use your phone to lock the car, among other things.

The interior is more spacious than before and feels airy. It has comfortable seats and generous legroom that can be extended at the expense of some of the boot space. The overall build quality lives up to everything you’d expect from Mercedes. 

Not interested in paying a premium for a Mercedes badge on the bonnet? Then consider the Ford C-MAX or Citroen C4 Picasso as less luxurious options. You may also wish to look at the Kia Carens, a less obvious rival but one that offers an industry-leading warranty. As for the electric B-Class, the BMW i3 will make an attractive and interesting alternative.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4 / 5

The Mercedes B-Class has diesel engines that offer excellent fuel economy for the class

Engines, drive & performance

3.4 / 5

The optional automatic gearbox in the Mercedes B-Class is excellent, and the diesels are smooth

Interior & comfort

4.2 / 5

The interior of the Mercedes B-Class is now even more spacious and very comfortable

Practicality & boot space

3.7 / 5

The Mercedes B-Class offers plenty of room for even the tallest of occupants

Reliability & safety

4 / 5

The Mercedes B-Class should live up to its maker’s reputation for flawless reliability

What the others say

3.5 / 5
based on 2 reviews
4 / 5
“It's obvious that the new Mercedes B-Class is more attractive on the eye than the first-generation model.”
3 / 5
“The driving experience doesn’t really match the car's luxurious intentions.”
What owners say 
3 /5 based on 1 reviews
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Last updated 
31 Oct 2014
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