Mercedes-Benz B-class review - Practical people-mover not Mercedes' best effort - Mercedes-Benz B-class design

A compact MPV for those that value the Merc badge

Evo rating
Price
from £21,825
  • Refined, spacious, classy, good electric version
  • Very ordinary to drive and most models dull to look at

In 2014 Mercedes gave the B-class a little nip and tuck and it has made all the difference to its attractiveness. In fairness, the updates manifest themselves most obviously in the AMG Line car, which was a new addition to the range. It looks good too thanks to the AMG additions and a lower ride height, plus it can be had with the Night package for £445 with dark highlights and unique 18-inch wheels. Though the aesthetic improvements are probably due to it being the least B-class-like model in the line-up...

The large grille, fancy headlights and designer flourishes in the B-class's flanks can't really disguise what it is underneath. And in a sombre colour it looks quite dull. At least it feels well-made and is of high quality. The interior is more successful in design terms, especially as you spend more money on enhancing it - the Exclusive package, for example, comes with lush leather upholstery in three colours including classy hazelnut brown and cranberry red.

Visual changes to the electric model, the B250e, are very subtle indeed. For some, that will be ideal - when the alternative is the space-age styling of a car like the BMW i3, subtlety can be an appealing characteristic. It's no more attractive than a standard B-class but some details do help it stand out visually, from a set of aerodynamic alloy wheels to the obligatory electric-car-blue detailing on the grille bars and adorning the door mirrors.

Most Popular

Jaguar XJ41 – Dead on arrival
Jaguar XJ41
Jaguar

Jaguar XJ41 – Dead on arrival

The blighted ’80s ‘F-type’, the demise of which led to the creation of the Jaguar XK8 and launched a new era for Aston Martin
8 Apr 2021
New Mercedes CLS revealed – four-door coupe gets a refresh
2021 Mercedes CLS53 – front static
Mercedes CLS

New Mercedes CLS revealed – four-door coupe gets a refresh

Merc’s sleek CLS has received a few choice updates and a Panamericana grille for 2022
7 Apr 2021
BMW M4 mule with aero mods caught in testing
BMW M4 CS prototype 2021 - rear
BMW M4 coupe

BMW M4 mule with aero mods caught in testing

Could a BMW M4 CS, or perhaps even a new CSL, already be in the works?
12 Apr 2021