Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8
  • High-tech, attractive dashboard impresses
  • Plenty of adjustment in the driving position
  • Some quality issues in places, though

The interior of the B-Class impresses when you jump behind the wheel. You don’t feel like you’re sitting on top of the seat looking down on everything and, thanks to a dashboard shared with the A-Class, it looks suitably upmarket and modern.

It’s certainly a significant improvement on the previous version, with nice squashy plastics on the top of the dash and smart bits of piano black or aluminium-look trim; however, move your eyeline downwards and you’ll notice rather more inexpensive bits of cheap plastic, especially on the door bins. Even the climate control buttons feel cheap when you touch them, but the vents are attractive with a nice, detailed design.

The double digital screens are easy to read, but they are susceptible to glare and adjusting radio stations while driving can be a bit of a fiddle. However, with a choice of touchpad, voice control or touchscreen, there are plenty of methods of operating the infotainment system to suit.

The heating control buttons are set low on the dashboard, and the digits for the temperature are on the infotainment screen, meaning you can’t quickly look at what the temperature is set to. Not ideal. Plus the fan setting button is a bit of a stretch for the driver.

It does feel interesting and quite special, though, and far more upmarket and interesting than any other car of its type.  

  • B-Class isn’t as comfortable as you’d expect
  • Suspension can fidget and there’s some road noise
  • Seats have a decent amount of adjustment

Comfort should be one of the B-Class’s best areas, and to a degree Mercedes has succeeded. The seats in the front offer a good amount of adjustment and visibility is good, however some may find them too firm, and ones with manual controls can be fiddly to adjust to the perfect driving position.

However, extendable seat bases mean there’s more support for your legs, and if you spend extra on the electric seats there’s an extra degree of adjustability.

Ride comfort is average, if not especially wafty for a car you’d like this to be. Sport models can fidget over rough surfaces, and there’s an acceptable level of road noise making its way into the cabin.

The petrol engines remain hushed and only become vocal when worked, but the automatic transmission whine can be more intrusive during every day driving. Luckily the sound system is powerful enough to drown this out.

However, settle down to a cruise on a smooth road there’s little to complain about, and the interior as a whole is a nice place to be.