Mercedes B-Class

Mercedes B-Class motability car frontThe second series Mercedes B Class is undoubtedly a step up in design from its dowdy predecessor, we feel it offers a perfect balance between MPV and Sporty hatchback and cuts quite a dash, the three pointed star’s chief designer has been holidaying in Italy we feel. Inside the B Class you are in safe hands, the dash is beautifully laid out and feels very high quality, the seats are very comfortable and the rear passengers enjoy limousine space, the boot is an excellent size at  486 litres.  If you are looking at a BMW 1 Series or an Audi A3 or even if you fancy a luxury competitor to the Ford C-Max then the Mercedes B Class offers an exciting alternative.

 

Mercedes B-Class motability car interior

The Mercedes B Class is available in SE, Sport and AMG Line models, all have wide opening doors, electric handbrake, electric windows all round and now come with Collision Prevention Assist, the car will brake automatically if a collision is imminent. The SE trim has 16″ alloy wheels, LED running lights, leather (artificial) upholstery, Thermatic air conditioning and an 8″ tablet style dash mounted Media system and reversing camera with a delightful low level joystick controller. Disappointingly, cruise control is a £265 extra, DAB radio £430, Sat Nav £495 and active park assist once standard on the SE trim is now a £675 extra.  The Sport models have 17″ alloy wheels, a choice of driving styles; ECO, Comfort and sport, twin exhaust pipes, climate control and automatic windscreen wipers. For an extra sporty look the AMG line offers 18″ AMG alloys, lowered suspension and AMG styling throughout the car.

 

Mercedes B-Class motability carThe pick of the engines is the 2.1 litre diesel with 136 brake horse power, badged as B200, which is quiet, quick and smooth to drive, fuel economy is boosted by the seamless start stop engine and the economy of 67.3 miles per gallon is exceptional for such a large car, 62 miles per hour can be reached in 9.4 seconds and the B Class can keep going on to a top speed of 130 miles per hour. The smaller B180 is a 1.5 litre diesel 108 brake horse power which reaches 62 mph in 11.9 seconds but can return a claimed 70.6 miles per gallon. A 120 brake horse power 1.6 litre petrol also badged as B180 can reach 62 mph in 9 seconds but only return 50.4 miles per gallon. The B Class is available as a six speed manual or an excellent seven speed twin clutch automatic but sadly prices start at a scary £2199 Advance Payment.

Summer Best Buy –  Mercedes B-Class B180 diesel SE  6 speed manual  –  £1149 Advance Payment (£95 wpms) or £1349 as Sport (£295 wpms) or £1449 as AMG line (£395 wpms)

Summer Best Buy –  Mercedes B-Class B200 diesel SE  6 speed Manual  –  £1349 Advance Payment (£295 wpms) or £1449 as Sport trim (£395 wpms) or £1549 as AMG Line (£495 wpms)