MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ B CLASS HATCHBACK SPECIAL EDITIONS B200 AMG Line Premium Plus Night Edition 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.2s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2149 g/km

B SENSIBLE

Can you really justify paying somewhere in the £25,000 to £35,000 bracket for a mid-sized five-seat MPV? If so, then here's the one you should probably buy. June Neary checks out Mercedes' third generation B-class..

Will It Suit Me?

The Mercedes of mid-sized MPVs was never going to be a cheap car, but it was always going to be a good one. And so it has proved. There's been a lot of moaning that, at prices starting from £25,000 or more, this third generation B-Class model is considerably more expensive than cars against which it apparently competes, like Renault's Scenic and Ford's C-MAX. But first, you'd expect it to be and second, Mercedes say that this isn't a mid-sized MPV anyway. Sure, they hope it will steal sales from top end compact People Carriers, but the company also wants you to think of it as a kind of 'Sports Tourer', aimed at 'lifestyle' (that word again) customers for whom practicality is not the be all and the end all. Whether you swallow that or not, I would have thought there would always be a market for a practical, spacious family car with a premium badge. I could see myself going for something like this, if funds permitted. Let's check out this third generation version.

Practicalities

Inside, the low-ish roofline doesn't translate into less headroom. In fact, there's actually more than you might expect, something you especially notice at the rear where there's potentially more legroom than Mercedes offers in a £70,000 S-Class luxury saloon. To really stretch out, you'll need to have paid extra for the optional sliding rear seat which can slide back and forth over a range of 14cms and can vary boot space between 455 and 705-litres. Plus it gives you a back rest that can be adjusted more vertically for awkward loads. Even if you have that though, a third adult in the second row isn't going to be very comfortable at all, perched as he or she must be on a seat that really isn't a seat at all but instead a raised section of upholstery linking the two outer chairs. Worse, this car's front driven layout hasn't prevented a transmission tunnel-shaped intrusion robbing centre seat legroom. Still, there's decent luggage room on offer, even if the 455-litre capacity is a little down on the figure offered by the MK2-era B-Class model. Which is all very worthy - but now for the best bit. Behind the wheel. It's very hard to think of any sub-£30,000 family car that feels as good as this one once you get into the driver's seat. It's a beautifully conceived cabin, from the three-dimensional fascia finish to the supercar-style air vents. Instead of the usual cowled instrument binnacle, two elongated square colour TFT screens are provided, one for the centre-dash infotainment system, the other for the dials you view through the sophisticated three-spoke multi-function steering wheel. These monitors are both 7-inches in size as standard, but can be upgraded - as on my test car - to 10.25-inches in size if you pay extra. The central one is your main interface for the brand's new 'MBUX' ('Mercedes-Benz User eXperience') multimedia system, which includes hard disc sat nav and the brand's latest - but sometimes rather frustrating - 'Hey Mercedes' voice control system. Aside from connectivity, the trimming's classy and though material quality isn't class-leading, it's all put together in a way that really raises the bar for interiors in this sector.

Behind the Wheel

So, you'll be keen to know how it'll feel on the school run or on a trip to collect your dry cleaning. I was. The answer will depend a little on the engine you choose because that dictates the kind of suspension package you get. Two passive suspension arrangements are offered, a basic torsion beam package for the lower-powered models and a suppler multi-link set-up for the more powerful 2.0-litre versions further up the range. Ah yes engines - let me tell you about those. The most affordable versions get powerplants developed by Mercedes in conjunction with its European Alliance partner Renault. There's a 116hp 1.5-litre diesel for the popular B180d derivative - or a couple of more recently developed 1.3-litre petrol units: either the 136hp engine fitted to the base B180. Or the 163hp B200, which features cylinder deactivation technology, enough to help this particular B-Class deliver reasonable efficiency figures - up to 46.3mpg on the combined cycle and 126g/km of CO2 with the 7G-DCT automatic that most buyers will want. You have to have this self-shifter if you go for either of the 2.0-litre petrol models, the 190hp B220 4MATIC and the 224hp B250. For my test though, I opted to test the 2.0-litre diesel, which only comes mated to its own 8-speed auto gearbox. It's available either in the 150hp B200d variant I sampled or in a top B220d 190hp state of tune.

Value For Money

This is the crux of it of course. Curiously, I thought the better value B-Class models were the more expensive ones. From launch, prices were pitched in the £25,500 to £33,000 bracket and there are two trim levels available - 'Sport' and 'AMG Line', with an emphasis on the latter spec level further up the range. I felt rather let down by the weedily-powered B180, but the B200d at around £30,000 I thought a very appealing package and decent value for what it was. Many will be like some of my colleagues, looking at these prices and comparing them to something like a Renault Scenic or a Focus C-MAX before deciding that the gulf is just too large. To my mind that's missing the point. If you must compare to something conventional, compare to something like a Volkswagen Passat Estate or Volvo V60 - all more natural and more realistic rivals.

Could I Live With One?

I must be what Mercedes call 'an aspirational person' since I bought into the B-Class premise without much difficulty. Class costs but in return, you get a masterpiece of packaging, an aspirational badge, low depreciation and a quality steer. If that's not enough to justify the price premium in your book, then fair enough. Me? I'd rather shake the piggy bank a bit further for a B.

  • Privacy glass
  • Variable front intermittent wipers
  • 4 Electric Front and Rear windows
  • Heated glass rear windscreen + timer control
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers with two sensitivity settings
  • Rear windscreen wiper

  • Curve dynamic assist
  • Electronic stability programme with acceleration skid control
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assist
  • Electric parking brake

  • Floor mats with black top stitching embroidered edition logo and piping in light grey

  • Lowered comfort suspension

  • Hey Mercedes Voice activation
  • Preinstallation for Mercedes Benz link
  • GPS aerial
  • Dual bluetooth interfaces

  • Attention assist - Monitors steering behaviour and long journey fatigue
  • Mercedes me remote services
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport and Individual)
  • Direct steer system
  • Speed sensitive power steering

  • ECO start/stop function

  • Fluid level warning indicator for fuel, oil, coolant and washer fluid
  • Traffic sign assist
  • 10.25" Digital instrument cluster display screen
  • Lamp failure indicator
  • Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance
  • Owners manual and service booklet in English
  • Trip computer in multifunction display with current consumption indicator
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Service indicator (Active Service System)
  • Hard disk navigation
  • Live traffic information
  • Pre-installation for car sharing
  • 10.25 inch touchscreen media display

  • Interior mirror with black reading lamps and frameless
  • Electric adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED side indicators

  • Matrix look light longitudinal-grain aluminium trim elements

  • 2 USB ports (type C) in rear stowage compartment and one in front of center console
  • MBUX multimedia system
  • Mercedes Benz sound system (100 W) with 6 speakers
  • DAB digital radio tuner

  • Car wash function
  • Exhaust system with 2 Visible tailpipe trim elements and rear apron with trim in chrome
  • Exclusive diamond radiator grille
  • Rear side wing doors
  • AMG body styling - AMG front apron with front splitter and AMG rear apron and visible exhaust tailpipe trim elements
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Body coloured door handles
  • Body coloured side skirts
  • Panoramic sliding sunroof

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Rear fog lamp
  • LED tail lamp
  • Headlamp assist automatic headlamp activation
  • High level LED third brake light
  • Multibeam LED headlamps with adaptive highbeam assist

  • Air conditioning - air vents with silver chrome surround
  • Air conditioning - Two zone thermotronic luxury automatic climate control with display

  • Freight packaging without tie-down hooks
  • Galvanished gear shift paddles on steering wheel
  • Illuminated glove compartment stowage
  • Luggage net on driver/front passenger seat backrest
  • 3 spoke multifunction sports steering wheel in nappa leather with flattened bottom and perforated grip area
  • Touchpad on center console
  • Front centre armrest with stowage
  • Rear armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Black roof lining
  • Front door sills with Mercedes Benz lettering
  • Twin front cupholders
  • Brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs
  • Artico man-made leather/Dinamica upholstery with light grey contrast stitching
  • Illuminated front door sills with changeable cover
  • Manually height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Stowage compartment in centre console with retractable cover

  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting

  • Seat comfort pack - B Class
  • Mirror package - B Class
  • Parking pack - B Class
  • Night package - B Class
  • Interior lighting with light and sight pack - B Class

  • Airbags - kneebag for driver
  • 3 rear three point seatbelts
  • Active bonnet pedestrian safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet
  • Driver and front passenger windowbags
  • Driver and front passenger head and sidebags
  • Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Crash responsive emergency lighting
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Dual stage driver/passenger airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Black seat belts

  • Heated front seats
  • Front and rear head restraints
  • 3 seat rear bench
  • Manually adjustable front seats
  • Seat occupancy sensor for front passenger seat
  • Automatic child seat recognition sensor
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats with backrest
  • Two outer rear seat isofix and top tether child seat fixing points
  • 4 way lumbar support
  • Sports seats with adjustable head restraints
  • Single front passenger seat

  • Urban guard vehicle protection - Anti theft alarm system, tow away protection with visual and acoustic warning and alarm siren
  • Alarm system with immobiliser and interior protection -Thatcham category 1
  • Keyless Go starting function
  • Remote central locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function

  • Pre-installation for trailer coupling

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Summer tyres

  • Tirefit tyre sealant kit

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Noise Level dB(A): 71
  • CO: 0.12
  • HC: 0.024
  • NOx: 0.025
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0004
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 149

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 72.2
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 81.4
  • CC: 1332
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.6:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 31
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 42.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 9.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.6

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: True
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: 97841
  • Service Interval Mileage: 15500
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 90
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 78
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 75
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 163
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: AMG Line Pre+ Ngt Ed
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30

  • Engine Power - BHP: 163
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.2
  • Top Speed: 139
  • Engine Power - KW: 120
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 184
  • Engine Torque - NM: 250
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1620
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 25.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: AMG MULTI-SPOKE
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Length: 4419
  • Width: 1796
  • Wheelbase: 2729
  • Width (including mirrors): 2020
  • Height: 1562
  • Height (including roof rails): N

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 455
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1600
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 705
  • Max. Loading Weight: 550
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1410
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1960
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 43
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1540
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11

  • Active brake assist includes forward collision warning system with autonomous braking: Included

  • Active lane keeping assist: Included
  • Cruise control + speed limiter: Included

  • Speed limit assist: Included

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £625
  • Manufaktur metallic paint: £825

  • Driving assistance pack without Blindspot - B Class: £1,495

  • Metallic - Digital white: £625
  • Metallic - Rose gold: £625
  • Metallic - Cosmos black: £625
  • Metallic - Denim blue: £625
  • Metallic - Iridium silver: £625
  • Metallic - Mountain grey: £625

  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Manufaktur metallic - Patagonia red: £825

  • Artico man-made leather/Dinamica - Black with light grey contrast stitching: £0

  • 18" AMG 5 twin spoke light alloy wheels,aerodynamically optimised, painted in black with high sheen finish: £0
  • 19" AMG multi-spoke light alloy wheels,painted in black with high sheen rim flange: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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