Review

Mercedes B-Class MPV

Price  £23,165 - £34,660

Mercedes B-Class MPV

reviewed by Carbuyer

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

At a glance

The greenest
B 250 e Electric Art 5dr £32,965
The cheapest
B 180 SE Executive 5dr £23,165
The fastest
B220 d Sport 7G DCT 5dr £28,245
Top of the range
B 250 e Electric Art Premium 5dr £34,660

"The Mercedes B-Class is a roomy and comfortable upmarket MPV that proves family motoring can be classy and luxurious."

The Mercedes B-Class aims to combine the classy design and hi-tech equipment of a typical executive saloon with the sort of interior space and practicality demanded by family motorists. It's been revised since first going on sale and the range now includes an Electric Drive version alongside the more familiar petrol and diesel engines.

All the main rivals for the B-Class are arguably less prestigious than the Mercedes: the line-up includes the Ford C-MAX, Citroen C4 Grand Picasso and Kia Carens. However, BMW has moved into the upmarket MPV class with the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.
As for the electric B-Class, the BMW i3 make for an interesting and arguable more futuristic alternative.

Our pick of the line-up is still the mid-range B200 CDI Sport, however, as it's affordable to run while still being plenty powerful for everyday motoring in and out of town.

The range of trim levels includes SE, Sport and AMG Line. The first should be more than sufficient for most buyers, but if you’re a sucker for sporty looks and extra hi-tech kit to play with, have a look at the Sport or AMG Line. Beware, though, that the latter includes stiffer suspension that may not work out so well on bumpy UK roads.

Family buyers will like the fact that the B-Class includes some of the latest safety technology, such as Collision Prevention Assist (which will warn you if it believes a crash is imminent and hit the brakes if you don’t respond). It also features an improved multimedia system that's clearer and easier to use than before, as well as the Mercedes Connect Me system, which allows you to use your phone to lock the car, among other functions.

Inside, a high roofline helps the B-Class feel spacious and airy. The seats are nicely comfortable and there's plenty of room for kids and adults alike to stretch out. You can also rearrange the seats to increase boot space at the expense of legroom if needed.

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 
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4 /5 based on 2 reviews
100%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend

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Last updated 
24 Mar 2016
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