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

For production from 1 April 2018 the Mercedes B Class is available in SE, Exclusive Edition, 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 daytime running lamps, 7 inch Media Display Audio20 CD multimedia system including pre-installation for Garmin Map pilot (£495 from Merc – £50 from other sources), cruise control. keyless starting, reversing camera, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay and air conditioning. Exclusive Edition adds 17 inch alloy wheels, choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport and Individual), LED headlamps, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, twin tailpipes, 8 inch Media Display, Garmin Map Pilot navigation system, heated front seats with four-way lumbar support and climate control. For an extra sporty look the AMG line offers 18″ AMG alloys, black Artico (fake) leather upholstery, 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 220d is a 175bhp version of the 2.1 litre diesel engine that is automatic only and can be paired to the 4-Matic all wheel drive system in AMG line trim that can hit 62 miles per hour in 7.7 seconds yet return 58.9 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 £2499 Advance Payment.

The new B-Class is being released early 2019.

 Autumn Best Buy –  Mercedes B-Class B180 petrol Exclusive Edition  6 speed Manual  –  £1399 Advance Payment (£314 wpms)

 Autumn Best Buy –  Mercedes B-Class B220d diesel 175bhp 4-Matic AMG-Line Automatic  –  £3299 Advance Payment (£2214 wpms)