Skip advert
Advertisement

Mercedes B-Class MPV (2012-2018) - Engines, drive & performance

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

Carbuyer Rating

3.8 out of 5

Owners Rating
Be the first to review
Engines, drive & performance Rating

3.0 out of 5

Under the bonnet of the Mercedes B-Class there's now a choice of two petrols and four diesels.

The B-Class comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but you get the option of a seven-speed automatic that offers a smoother, easier driving experience. It can be a bit slow to respond at times, though.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The sole four-wheel-drive model is powered by the B220d diesel engine and offers useful extra grip. For most drivers, we wouldn’t recommend it, because it’s unlikely to offer much of an advantage, but it could be useful if you live in a remote or rural area. Overall, the B-Class is perfectly comfortable and acceptable to drive, but it's not as responsive as the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.

Mercedes B-Class petrol engines

Two choices of 1.6-litre petrol engine are available in the B-Class. The B180 is a 120bhp engine that's smooth but not that quick off the mark, while the 154bhp B200 is noticeably more powerful than all but the top-of-the-range diesel, if a lot less fuel-efficient.

Diesel engines

The diesels are your best bet – we recommend the B200d. it’s barely any less economical than the 180d, but its extra power makes the B-Class easier and more relaxing to drive.

The top-end B220d is fast and smooth to drive, but it's on the costly side. It's also a bit reluctant to get moving at low speed. This engine is also offered in four-wheel-drive B220d 4MATIC form.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

Top 10 best people carriers and MPVs 2024
Best MPVs hero
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

Top 10 best people carriers and MPVs 2024

Mercedes B-Class MPV review
Mercedes B-Class
In-depth reviews
24 Apr 2023

Mercedes B-Class MPV review

Most Popular

Engine management light: top 5 causes of amber engine warning light
Engine warning light
Tips and advice
17 Apr 2024

Engine management light: top 5 causes of amber engine warning light

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s top car offers
Carbuyer best new car deals hero
Deals
19 Apr 2024

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s top car offers

What is a V5C? Your car’s log book explained
V5C close up
Tips and advice
18 Apr 2024

What is a V5C? Your car’s log book explained

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
26 Mar 2024

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Public EV charge point
Tips and advice
11 Jan 2023

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
17 May 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
21 Mar 2024

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors

Top 10 best electric cars 2024
best electric cars
Best cars
28 Mar 2024

Top 10 best electric cars 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024
The best cheap-to-run cars 2023
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024
Fastest hot hatchbacks hero
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024