What’s new?

The cheapest way into B-class ownership is this petrol B150. Only at £18k for this SE version it’s not cheap.

The SE receives 16-inch alloys, rear electric windows and extra body-coloured exterior trim.

What’s it like?

Typical Mercedes inside — luxurious plastic and brushed aluminium trim. But performance is weak, as the engine struggles for pace.

The five-speed manual ’box is slick, which is good, because it’ll be in regular use to keep the revs near the 5200rpm power peak.

Should I get one?

No. The B180 CDi diesel might be £1000 more expensive, but the engine is far easier to live with.

Jon Quirk

Our Verdict

Mercedes B-class

Change is coming to Mercedes’ small-car range, and this new B-class is the first taste of it.

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