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Mercedes Benz B Class (2011-15)

Overall Rating

4 stars

Improved sporty looks and choice of equipment package, Mercedes don't like giving away much spec as standard so the choice of packages is useful but do cost.

For
  • Improved lowered, stylish exterior
  • New efficient engine range appearing in premium Mercedes models
  • Spacious, compact
Against
  • Choice of packages for extra cost
  • Dealer servicing costs
  • Expensive, paying for badge
Road Test

With a more aerodynamic look the B Class is being called a sports tourer with its height lowered whilst seating is higher but with improved headroom. Mercedes have improved the interior using higher quality materials and four equipment packages - Chrome, Sports, Exclusive and Night package. The 3-spoke leather trimmed steering wheel with silver chrome insert in the middle spoke reminds it is a Mercedes. Rear seats fold back to allow for more carrying space and the passenger seat can be removed offering versatility. Four-cylinder petrol engines mark the launch of a completely new engine series initially available with a displacement of 1.6-litres, as the B 180 rated at 122 hp and the B 200 with an output of 156 hp. Four-cylinder diesel engine is a further development same as in the C- to the S-Class, scaled down to 1.8 litres. The B 180 CDI generates 109 hp of power, while the B 200 CDI has an output of 136 hp. The B Class has space and is a stylish car for driving around town, the premium badge and a chance to own a Mercedes with a good choice of fuel efficient engines.

Need To Know

Best Models: All diesels

Worst Models: None


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Mercedes Benz B Class (2011-15)
Star Ratings

Handling

4 stars

Comfort

4 stars

Quality & Reliability

5 stars

Performance

4 stars

Roominess

4 stars

Running Costs

3 stars

Value for Money

3 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

4 stars
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