Mercedes-Benz B Class Hatchback (2014) Review

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Verdict

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class is positioned in the compact MPV segment but with an added pinch of luxury, thanks to the premium badge on its nose. But it may need more than that to compete with legendary MPVs like the Ford C-Max and the Citroen C4 Picasso.

Style

If you're keen on the contemporary Mercedes-Benz look, you'll be delighted with the B-Class.

The enormous three-star badge incorporated into the front grille, the narrow but bulky headlamps and the generous use of chrome elements at the front all scream Mercedes. It's got the right angles, the right curves, the right details and is exactly what you might expect from the Germans.

Heading over to the back of the B-Class, things start to look less attractive. While it's a very clean and totally MPV-like design, the rear of this car just isn't as imposing or interesting as its front. There's a few splashes of chrome but that's really not enough to make the back look anything more than boring.

Interior

The interior of the B-Class is very classy. It's well-thought-out, looks fantastic (especially with those circular air vents) and the dashboard just oozes quality.

There's heaps of head and legroom so spending time in this MPV is a real pleasure.

The infotainment system placed on top of the dashboard is a great addition and if you didn't know that you're in a B-Class, you could easily mistake this car for something less practical and more luxurious like a C-Class.

Also, passengers at the back are going to love the B-Class, because it's very generous when it comes to space and headroom is pretty good. And quality is good all-around, so everyone in the car gets to enjoy the premium feel.

Driving

Surprisingly, the B-Class is pretty sharp to drive, especially considering that it's an MPV. And while the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer offers better handling, the B-Class is still competent and composed on the road.

The awesome suspension makes the car really comfortable and everything we've come to expect from the premium German car manufacturer.

There's also a decent number of engines available, ranging from 1.5-litre to 2.2-litre.

You get to choose between two petrol units and four diesel ones. The most powerful diesel engine can be specced with Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.

Practicality

MPVs are supposed to be practical, right? Well, that's exactly what the Mercedes B-Class is. The cavernous cabin offers heaps of space and both front and rear passengers can enjoy more than enough leg and headroom.

The only issue might arise if there's a third passenger at the back because they'd most likely struggle for shoulder room. Other than that, in every other aspect, this car is seriously spacious.

And if you're wondering about boot space, the good news is that this premium MPV has a boot capacity of 486 litres, which is a tad more than the Ford C-Max and less than Citroen C4 Picasso's 537-litre boot. However, the B-Class has a small load lip, which is handy when you're loading heavier items.

As for the running costs, depending on which engine you go for you can expect MPG figures ranging from 49.6 to 70.6 mpg.

The B-Class isn't all that expensive when it comes to insurance as well. Less powerful, entry-level models fall insurance group 12, while the range-topping diesel with 4x4 falls into group 27.

Specification

Mercedes are pretty generous with the basic kit with a load of nice additions in the entry-level SE trim. If you want to get fancy, there's the middle-range Exclusive Edition. And if you're feeling sport, you can opt for the AMG Line trim.

Like I said, even if you pick the entry-level SE version, you'll still receive a nice scattering of tech like keyless entry, active park assist, cruise control, pre-collision warning system and reversing camera.

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