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Mercedes B-Class MPV - Interior & comfort

Classy and well equipped, interior design is a definite B-Class strong suit

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Not only does the B-Class MPV feel very like the A-Class hatchback from behind the wheel, it looks extremely similar from the same perspective. Although there are structural differences, the overall style of the two cars' interiors is virtually the same.

Mercedes B-Class dashboard

The B-Class shares its design theme with the A-Class, which means it features the same eye-catching details – notably its stylish air vents that are designed to resemble jet engine afterburners. The B-Class dashboard takes a slightly different form to that of the A-Class hatchback, with areas cut out to provide occupants with more space to complement the more upright seating position of the B-Class.

Both cars showcase Mercedes' latest thinking when it comes to instrumentation and infotainment, with a free-standing dash-top display unit that incorporates two separate digital displays; one for driving information and the other to handle media and navigation duties. Entry-level models have seven-inch displays with large plastic surrounds, while others have a seven-inch dashboard screen and a 10.25-inch infotainment screen that fills the panel better. Optionally, you can choose a 10.25-inch screen for each of the display panels. A head-up display is also available.

Equipment

A welcome B-Class feature is the MBUX infotainment system that was first used in the A-Class – it’s better than the multimedia systems offered by rival brands. Although features will vary depending on how many boxes you tick when placing your B-Class order, MBUX can provide navigation guidance that uses real-time information gathered from other Mercedes cars via a 'car-to-X' communications network, as well as a vehicle location system to help find your car in a crowded car park.

Mercedes has also taken a leaf out of the book of Google and Amazon, with its own command-responsive 'intelligent voice control' system that you activate by saying "Hey Mercedes". There's also a feature to notify you if your car is bumped into when parked, or towed away.

Sport and AMG Line trim levels make up the main body of the range. The former comes with exterior LED lighting all round, keyless start, heated front seats and sat nav. Above this, Sport Executive Edition adds parking sensors, a reversing camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a larger infotainment screen and bigger wheels, so it’s well worth upgrading from the base Sport trim.

AMG Line models gain bigger wheels and other eye-catching exterior features like a bodykit and sports steering wheel and seats. The first is an AMG Line Executive Edition, which is only £400 more than the Sport Executive Edition but adds darkened trim, 64-colour ambient lighting and sports seats.

AMG Line Premium Edition brings keyless entry and a 10.25-inch instrument display. At the top of the range, AMG Line Premium Plus includes traffic sign recognition, adaptive headlights and a panoramic sunroof.

The latest B-Class offers more driver assistance features than the previous model, with active cruise control and lane keeping assist joining forces to help you stay in lane on the motorway. There's also active lane-changing to help you overtake safely. Mercedes claims that the system can anticipate traffic movement up to 500 metres ahead. It’s not cheap though, as much of this kit is bundled together in the £1,500 Driving Assistance Pack - and this pack is only available on the top-spec trim level.

Options

Besides the Driving Assistance pack, there aren’t many options to pick for your B-Class. There are paint colour and upholstery choices, and dealer-fit accessories like boot liners and child seats. It seems strange that you can’t upgrade the size of the screens on lower-spec models.

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