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Mercedes-Benz B-Class Estate review

2012 - 2019 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 53.5

At a glance

Price new £21,545 - £35,365
Used prices £2,782 - £17,606
Road tax cost £0 - £240
Insurance group 12 - 27
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 451 - 770 miles
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Available fuel types



Fully electric

Pros & cons


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

Written by Lewis Kingston Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


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…