Mercedes-Benz B-Class (05-11) - Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 21 Jan 2014
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Mercedes describes the B-Class as a compact sports tourer, but in reality it's as close as you'll get to a conventional people carrier from the German firm. It's slightly shorter in length than a Ford Focus C-MAX but has a similarly tall shape, meaning plenty of room for passengers.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class (05-11)
Extremely versatile, plenty of interior space, decent diesels, low-emissions versions available
Ungainly styling, wooden to drive, only five seats, expensive options

New price range:

£17,710 - £25,210

Used price range:

£3,090 - £14,232

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3 out of 5

Mercedes describes the B-Class as a compact sports tourer, but in reality it's as close as you'll get to a conventional people carrier from the German firm. It's slightly shorter in length than a Ford Focus C-MAX but has a similarly tall shape, meaning plenty of room for passengers. Compared to a standard hatchback it's certainly more spacious in the back, but it's a surprise that it is only available with five-seats, when cheaper alternatives like the Volkswagen Touran can transport seven. It handles safely but the steering is a let down and the artificial feel robs the driver of feedback. It's also not cheap to buy new, but strong reliability means it's a dependable choice as a used purchase. In mid-2008 it was facelifted with sharper looks, an improved interior and cleaner engines.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3 out of 5

Performance

3 out of 5

Handling

3 out of 5

Comfort

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

3 out of 5

Running costs

3 out of 5

Green credentials

3.5 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

3 out of 5

What owners say...

 Boot space, especially the flexibility of load space with the sets down.  

5 out of 5

Anonymous ,   21 Aug 2013    ... read more

 Sitting high up on the road, ease of getting in and out.  

4 out of 5

Derek McLean ,   27 Jun 2013    ... read more

 It has a nice, high seating position and decent rear legroom for child seats.  

3 out of 5

Paul Beasley ,   29 Oct 2012    ... read more

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