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8/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Mercedes-Benz B-Class

£22,115£34,605
8/10
Overall verdict
The B-Class is now a genuine contender – if an expensive one – in the family hatch sector.
 

For: 

Modern design means the B-Class is pretty desirable overall

Against: 

It's not cheap and it's still not quite perfect

Overview

What is it?

The latest B-Class is a practical Mercedes five-door hatch you might actually want to buy. Which is a big improvement on the undesirable original one. It’s been designed to feel more like a big Merc, rather than an underdeveloped afterthought: its platform and interior is also used by the excellent new A-Class plus future models including a small coupe and mini SUV.

Unlike the A-Class, it’s not really a looker, but is fine in silver and on the right wheels. The body side crease hints at the CLS, which is good, and it generally looks a lot less apologetic. It’s also impressively aerodynamic: in full beardy Eco trim, its drag coefficient is just 0.24. Almost implausible for such a practical-looking car.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
B220d AMG Line 5dr Auto
7.6s 108g/km 67.3 177 £29,485
The cheapest
B180 SE 5dr
9.0s 129g/km 50.4 122 £22,115
The greenest
B250 e Electric Art 5dr Auto
7.9s 0g/km 179 £32,910
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