Mercedes-Benz B-Class (2019) Review
Mercedes-Benz B-Class (2019) At A Glance
In a world where SUVs have become the family car of choice for most people, it seems the days of the MPV are numbered. But if that's the case, no one has told Mercedes-Benz. Because the B-Class is now in its third generation and Mercedes is aiming it at a younger market.
In terms of the looks, it's not going to win any style contests, but what the B-Class does have is one of the best interiors around. Against the competition like the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and Volkswagen Golf SV, the B-Class has a much fresher and more appealing cabin.
There's plenty of standard kit, including navigation, smartphone integration and the new Mercedes MBUX system. This is a voice controlled infotainment assistant which responds to commands when you say 'Hey Mercedes'. Kind of like Alexa but on the move.
With a similar style to the excellent A-Class, it's not just the design that impresses but also the feel of the materials used and the quality of the finish. There's plenty of space too and it feels more roomy inside than you'd expect of a compact MPV.
The B-Class certainly creates a relaxing and serene environment to travel in, with comfortable seats, little wind noise and excellent ride quality. It's arguably more comfortable than the competition from BMW and Volkswagen.
Yet it still handles well with lots of grip and is surprisingly keen in corners with not much in the way of lean.
The boot is usefully large too and more than big enough to cope with what a family can throw at it everyday. The wide boot opening and low lip mean getting awkward things like pushchairs in the back is easy.
The cheapest model is the B 180 petrol, powered by a 1.3-litre engine (yes, Mercedes-Benz badging has reached peak meaningless). This four-cylinder unit may seem far too small for a car this size, but with 136PS it actually provides more than enough power to give the B-Class a good turn of pace when needed. Only a hesitant automatic lets it down but luckily there's a manual available.
There are also diesels, including the B 200 d which has a claimed average economy of more than 50mpg. This is a quiet and refined engine, that also responds eagerly to throttle inputs.
Currently there's no hybrid or PHEV models but expect that to change in the not too distant future.
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