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3 out of 5 3.0
Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
Mercedes-Benz B-Class (05-11) - rated 3 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £17,710 - £25,210
Used price £690 - £4,145
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £145 - £300
Insurance group 11 - 25 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Extremely versatile, plenty of interior space, decent diesels, low-emissions versions available

CONS

Ungainly styling, wooden to drive, only five seats, expensive options

Mercedes-Benz B-Class rivals

Honda
FR-V
3.5 out of 5 3.5

Written by David Ross on

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.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class rivals

Honda
FR-V
3.5 out of 5 3.5