Comfortable and spacious interior, premium appeal, good engines, safety
Poor ride quality on some surfaces, dull handling, only really seats four adults, some cheap-feeling interior trim, niche appeal
The second-generation Mercedes-Benz B-Class is the first in a line of five models based on an all-new platform. The German manufacturer claims that its ‘compact sports tourer’ builds on the previous version’s merits of being versatile and spacious. It’s reputedly more comfortable and better to drive, while Mercedes states that the model has matured and is more in line with what you’d expect from a small premium car.
The original model suffered from dull handling and awkward looks that tainted its appeal. Now, featuring sharper styling and a massively updated interior, the B-Class might appeal to those looking for a classier hatchback. There’s a comprehensive range of options, while buyers can pick from economical petrol and diesel engines with manual or automatic transmissions.
So, is the B-Class really a sensible alternative to a Golf or a Focus, or is it simply filling a niche in the line-up? Read on to find out...
What owners say about this car
Snatchy automatic, especially when cold. Lots of road noise with 17" alloys. No lumbar adjustment. Deep A... Read owner review
Large boot and plenty of room for the kids in the back. Leather nice and easy to wipe down after... Read owner review
Flexibility of seating - Added the flex rear seats - everyone is impressed by the rear seat space. Read owner review