MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ B CLASS HATCHBACK B200 AMG Line Premium 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.2s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2141 g/km

This MK3 model Mercedes B-Class represents the brand's third stab at what it calls its 'Sports Tourer'. As for what exactly one of those might be, you can get a feel for the answer at first glance. Here's a car that's clearly more practical and versatile than a Golf or Focus-sized family hatch. But not as frumpy and high-set as a five-seater C-MAX or Scenic-like mid-sized MPV. It's the Mercedes take on compact, upwardly-mobile motoring for a compact, upwardly-mobile family.

B FOR BETTER

The B-Class is the Mercedes of mid-sized MPVs. But can this third generation version make more of an impact? Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

This MK3 model Mercedes B-Class represents the brand's third stab at what it calls its 'Sports Tourer'. As for what exactly one of those might be, you can get a feel for the answer at first glance. Here's a car that's clearly more practical and versatile than a Golf or Focus-sized family hatch. But not as frumpy and high-set as a five-seater C-MAX or Scenic-like mid-sized MPV. It's the Mercedes take on compact, upwardly-mobile motoring for a compact, upwardly-mobile family.

Background

Mercedes has always struggled to build compact, affordable cars that feel like, well..... a Mercedes. Not so long ago, you tried an original A or B-Class and thought it nicely built but not quite special enough, ultimately a very expensive way to buy a very expensive badge. And that was a problem. Executives, you see, rarely question the Three-Pointed Star price premium in their large, smart saloons and SUVs, its necessity obvious every time they ease behind the wheel. Without that extra class, choosing one of this brand's smaller models can sometimes seem like a colossally costly way of buying what in essence was a fairly ordinary family hatchback. The suits from Stuttgart knew it and in response have in recent times invested more than ever before in new, more Merc-like generation of compact models. This is one of them, the third generation B-Class which arrived here in late 2018.

Driving Experience

This time round, Mercedes is promising what it calls 'more sports for the Tourer' which, if true, would be nice because the previous generation version of this car wasn't especially interesting to drive. This one's not going to float any enthusiast's boat either but it'll probably be ideal for its likely family-orientated clientele. Any of these people wanting to get more of a move on when returning from the school run can this time round dial up a little more engineering response by switching between the modes of the provided 'Dynamic Select' driving modes system. Active adaptive damping can be specified to work with this set-up. Let's talk engines. The B 180 and B 200 petrol variants both use a 1.3-litre petrol unit mated to 7G-DCT 7-Speed automatic transmission. This offers 136hp in the B 180 and 163hp in the B 200. There's also a plug-in hybrid petrol variant, the B 250e, which mates a 1.33-litre petrol engine and 75kW electric motor to produce a sprightly 215hp total output. Alternatively, there's a base B 180d diesel, which uses a 1.5-litre unit with 116hp. Then there are the 2.0-litre powerplants. The 224hp B 250 petrol model will be a rare sight. More will want the B 200d and B 220d diesel variants which feature the brand's 2.0-litre diesel engine mated to 8G-DCT 8-Speed automatic transmission. In the B 200d, there's an output of 150hp and 320Nm of torque, while in the B 220d, you get 190hp and 400Nm. For the first time in this generation, the B-Class is able to drive semi-autonomously in certain situations. That's assuming you specify the optional 'Driving Assistance package' with its 'Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC' feature which uses camera and radar systems to anticipate the traffic up to 500 metres ahead, while predictively and conveniently adjusting the speed when approaching bends, junctions or roundabouts.

Design and Build

Pretty much everything's new here and this time we're promised a proper 'premium' feel from this car, inside and out. The designers' brief was to make this MK3 model B-Class stand out from volume brand mid-sized MPVs and to that end, there's a long wheelbase with short overhangs, a slightly lowered roof line and larger, 16 to 19-inch wheels making for more dynamic proportions. The cabin's come in for a spruce-up too, with materials quality improved and, like the current A-Class, a screen-dominated interior, with monitors of up to 10.25-inches in size for the infotainment display and the instruments. The key infotainment change is the introduction of the brand's MBUX operating system with its 'Hey Mercedes' voice functionality. The fascia's five round air vents feature a high-grade turbine look with finely styled air ducts, inspired by the world of aviation. On the back seat, the rear bench base can slide and the backrest angle can be altered to enhance luggage space, which can therefore vary between 455 and 705-litres with all seats in place. Fold the rear seat down and up to 1,540-litres of space can be freed up.

Market and Model

You won't be expecting this B-Class to be priced alongside similarly-shaped volume brand mid-sized MPVs like the Citroen C4 Space Tourer and the Ford C-MAX. It isn't. But if you were looking at an upper-spec version of a contender like that, this Mercedes could still appeal. Prices sit in the £29,000 to £35,000 bracket and there are four trim levels available - 'Sport', 'Sport Executive', 'AMG Line Executive' and 'AMG Line Premium'. The Sport trim line comes as standard with the brand's sophisticated MBUX multimedia system with 'Hey Mercedes' voice activation. Plus you get a seven-inch instrument binnacle display and a seven-inch touchscreen centre-dash media screen. Along with a reversing camera, 17-inch ten-spoke alloy wheels, hard-disk navigation, automatic two-zone climate control and LED high performance headlights. Safety stuff includes Active Lane Keeping Assist and Speed Limit Assist. AMG Line customers will benefit from 18-inch five-twin-spoke AMG alloy wheels, a three-spoke multifunction sport steering wheel in nappa leather, sports seats, AMG body styling and Dinamica microfibre upholstery with red contrast stitching. The optional 'Executive equipment line' pack includes a 10.25-inch media display, Active Parking Assist with front and rear parking sensors, heated front seats, electrically folding exterior mirrors and an automatically-dimming driver's side mirror and rear view mirror.

Cost of Ownership

The B-Class engine line up screams of efficiency with a very low drag coefficient and a number of energy saving features such as eco start/stop and the electrically-assisted steering system. So let's get to the WLTP figures. The B 180 and B 200 petrol variants return up to 45.6mpg on the combined cycle and around 125g/km of CO2. For the B 180d, it's up yo 60.1mpg and 101g/km; for the B 200d, it's up to 56.5mpg and 112g/km. For the B 250e plug-in hybrid, the quoted WLTP combined cycle fuel figure is 256.8mpg and WLTP CO2 emissions are rated up to 25g/km. That means a 6% BiK tax rating. Depreciation of the old B-Class was slightly better than average for the mid-sized MPV class and this MK3 model should improve that a little further thanks to less residual dilution due to better standard equipment and also the beneficial effect of improved engine efficiency. What else? Well, you get a comprehensive three year warranty that has no mileage restriction. And this package is built upon by Mercedes' Mobilo scheme which delivers breakdown cover for up to thirty years, as long as you continue to have your car serviced at a Mercedes main dealer. And it's worth knowing that your maintenance outlay can be kept a little in check by going for the optional Service Care package that takes care of routine maintenance, spreading the cost of regular servicing, guaranteeing the price of parts and labour for up to four services and covering the cost of all recommended service items such as brake fluid, spark plugs, air filters, fuel filters and screen wash.

Summary

Ferrying the family around isn't something most of us especially look forward to doing. But Mercedes doesn't see why it shouldn't be. In this third generation B-Class, Stuttgart has made great strides in engine efficiency, safety and hi-tech driving aids. Its real importance though, is in proving its maker capable of delivering Mercedes quality to the mainstream, True, it isn't perfect. Whether the alternatives you're considering are plusher versions of either family hatchbacks or five-seater mid-sized MPVs, you'll find sharper-handling rivals out there and many that can offer more rear seat space. I have a feeling though, that few potential buyers of this Mercedes will be put off by these issues. These people will recognise in this third generation model the car the B-Class should always been. A car that nobody but Mercedes could have built.

  • Privacy glass
  • 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
  • Active brake assist includes forward collision warning system with autonomous braking
  • Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assist
  • Electric parking brake
  • Front brake callipers with Mercedes Benz lettering

  • Floor mats with stitched AMG lettering

  • Lowered comfort suspension

  • Wireless charging
  • Preinstallation for Mercedes Benz link
  • Dual bluetooth interfaces

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

  • ECO start/stop function
  • Easy-pack tailgate

  • Pre-installation for car sharing
  • Pre-installation for trailer coupling
  • Live traffic information
  • MBUX multimedia system with Hey Mercedes, DAB Digital Radio and hard disc navigation
  • Fluid level warning indicator for fuel, oil, coolant and washer fluid
  • 10.25" Digital instrument cluster display screen
  • 10.25" media display
  • 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
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Service indicator (Active Service System)
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Speed limit assist
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light

  • Electric adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED side indicators

  • Carbon structure trim
  • Light switch in high-gloss black with ring in silver chrome

  • 2 USB ports (type C) in rear stowage compartment and one in front of center console
  • Mercedes-Benz advanced sound system - 225W

  • Car wash function
  • Radio aerial
  • AMG body styling - AMG front apron with chrome front splitter, AMG side sill panels and AMG rear apron with chrome trim and visible exhaust tailpipe
  • Window line trim strip in chrome
  • Chrome weather strip
  • Active radiator shutters open for cooling air and close when not needed to improve aerodynamics and fuel efficiency
  • Chrome beltline strips
  • Diamond radiator grille pins in chrome with silver painted louvres and chrome insert
  • Body coloured side skirts
  • Body coloured door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers

  • Rear fog lamp
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • High level LED third brake light
  • LED high performance headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lamp
  • Headlamp assist automatic headlamp activation

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

  • Illuminated front door sills with changeable cover
  • Stowage compartment in centre console with retractable cover
  • Manually height and reach adjustable steering column
  • 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
  • Artico man-made leather/Microfibre Dinamica upholstery with red contrast stitching
  • Brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs
  • Twin front cupholders
  • Rear armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Black roof lining

  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
  • Interior mirror with black reading lamps and frameless

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

  • 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
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Black seat belts
  • Active bonnet pedestrian safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet
  • Airbags - kneebag for driver
  • 3 rear three point seatbelts

  • Sports seats with adjustable head restraints
  • Rear seats with fore/aft adjustment
  • Heated front seats
  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Front seat cushion length adjustment
  • 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

  • Keyless entry lock/unlock
  • Remote central locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
  • 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

  • Rear axle multi-link

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Summer tyres

  • 18" AMG 5 twin spoke design alloy wheels painted in titanium grey with high sheen finish

  • Tirefit tyre sealant kit

  • 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: 141
  • CO2 (g/km): 124
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

  • 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
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 72.2
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 81.4
  • CC: 1332

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 42.8
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 60.1
  • EC Combined (mpg): 52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 31.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 45.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 8.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.2

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 22E
  • 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 Premium
  • 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 - KW: 120
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 184
  • Engine Torque - NM: 250
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1620
  • 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 Torque - MKG: 25.5

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

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/45 R18
  • Wheel Style: 5 TWIN SPOKE

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

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

  • MBUX augumented reality for navigation: Included

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £595
  • Designo special metallic paint: £795

  • Premium Pack 2 - B Class: £-150

  • Metallic - Digital white: £595
  • Metallic - Cosmos Black: £595
  • Metallic - Denim blue: £595
  • Metallic - Iridium silver: £595
  • Metallic - Mountain grey: £595

  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Designo metallic - Patagonia red: £795

  • Artico man-made leather/Microfibre Dinamica - Black with red stitching: £0

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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