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Mercedes-Benz B-Class (2019–)

Last updated 30 May 2019

 
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Wheelbase 2729 mm
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Interior

Compared to its main rivals, the B-Class feels a step ahead. The interior is modern, well-finished and looks genuinely upmarket. Small MPVs may not be especially interesting, but the interior of the Mercedes makes this feel that little bit special.

It takes many elements from the A-Class including the neat circular air vents and the wide screen that sits across the top of the dash. The materials used all have a quality feel from the soft-touch materials to the piano black trim and the metal buttons (one of our favourite features).

It's not all style over substance though as the B-Class fills its brief as a compact MPV perfectly. It feels very spacious inside, more so than you'd expect from a car this size. It's certainly not as cramped as a BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.

Even very tall drivers will find a comfortable driving position thanks to lots of adjustment in the seat and steering column - more so than the old model - along with a high roof. The seats are quite flat yet surprisingly supportive and the fronts have an extendable under-thigh cushion.

There's equally good space in the back, much more so than the A-Class, which is ideal if you have toddlers in car seats or younger children with rear facing car seats. Here the flat seats are very helpful with the base of the child seat able to sit flush with the seat cushion.

You'd struggle to get three people in the back in comfort, the middle seat is narrow and firm while there's also a tunnel in the floor, meaning not much room for your feet.

On the plus side, the boot is usefully large and the low load lip and wide opening makes getting things like pushchairs in a doddle. From mid-2019, selected models will feature rear seats which can be moved by 14cm to vary the boot capacity between 455 and 705 litres. There's plenty of storage up front with big door pockets and a large central cubby between the front seats. 

We really like the B-Class dash, especially when you get the large glass panel with two 10-inch displays - one for the instrument cluster and the other for infotainment. It's beautifully sharp and bright. What we don't like is that it's part of the Premium Package which costs more than £2250. If you don't go for this you end up with a black plastic panel with two smaller screens. 

However, all models do come with the Mercedes-Benz MBUX system, a kind of built-in version of Amazon's Alexa. You can command it by saying ‘Hey Mercedes’ and asking it turn the air con down or the heated seats on for example. Although you could just press a button...

Standard equipment from launch (December 2018):

Sport trim line comes as standard with MBUX multimedia system with ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice activation, seven-inch cockpit display and seven-inch touchscreen media display, reversing camera, 17-inch ten-spoke alloy wheels, hard-disk navigation, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Speed Limit Assist, black grille, silver painted louvre and insert in chrome, DAB radio, Keyless-Go starting function, automatic two-zone climate control, LED high performance headlights and spiral-look trim with Artico and Fléron fabric upholstery.

AMG Line has 18-inch five-twin-spoke AMG alloy wheels, three-spoke multifunction sport steering wheel in nappa leather, sports seats, diamond radiator grille with chrome pins and single louvre, AMG bodystyling and carbon-structure trim with Artico and Dinamica microfibre upholstery with red contrast stitching.

The optional Executive equipment line can be added for £1395 and includes a 10.25-inch media display, Parking package including Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC and front and rear parking sensors, heated front seats and mirror package which includes electrically folding exterior mirrors and automatically-dimming driver’s side mirror and rear view mirror.

The £2259 Premium package adds a 10.25-inch instrument cluster, ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colour,  illuminated door sills, Keyless-Entry and a mid-range sound system.

For £3459 customers can opt for the Premium Plus equipment line which, in addition to the Executive and Premium equipment lines, adds electrically-adjustable front memory seats, Multibeam LED headlights with Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus and a panoramic glass sunroof. 

The Driving Assistance package is available for £1695 – only in conjunction with the Executive, Premium or Premium Plus lines - and comprises Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Braking Assist with cross-traffic function, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC, Active Emergency Stop Assist, Active Lane-change Assist, Active Speed Limit Assist, Active Steering Asist, Evasive Steering Assist, Pre-Safe Plus and route-based speed adjustment.

The £495 Advanced Navigation package can be added, only in conjunction with the Executive, Premium or Premium Plus lines, and includes MBUX augmented reality for navigation and traffic sign assist.

The Advanced Connectivity package (in conjunction with the Executive, Premium or Premium Plus lines) costs £495 and includes smartphone integration; pre-installation of digital vehicle key for smartphone; and wireless phone charging.

List Price from £25,380
Buy new from £22,678
Contract hire from £247.21 per month
 

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