Mercedes-Benz MPV follows A-Class lead with driver aids, a high-tech cabin and chassis tweaks
James Attwood, digital editor
3 December 2018

Mercedes-Benz has revealed UK pricing details for the new B-Class, which will go on sale in Spring 2019 starting from £26,975.

Mercedes says that the MPV offers more dynamic handling and comfort than its predecessor, thanks to technology and features taken from the S-Class and A-Class. The third generation B-Class, developed under the internal codename W247, is the fourth of up to eight new compact models to be launched by the company, following the fourth-generation A-Class hatch and saloon.

When it launches in the UK, four engines and two trims – Sport and AMG Line – will be offered. The entry-level B180 Sport, which uses a 1.33-litre petrol engine, starts at £26,975, rising to £32,375 for the top-spec B220 d AMG-Line, which is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel.

Sport models sit on 17-inch wheels, and come with the latest version of the MBUX infotainment system and a seven-inch touchscreen. AMG Line models adds 18-inch wheels, exterior bodywork upgrades and revemaped interior equipment, including a three-spoke steering wheel and sport seat. As well as the two trim levels, a series of optional packages will be available.

The new B-Class retains the one-box silhouette of its predecessors but with a smoother form that reflects the firm’s latest design language. It also features the ‘predator face’ seen on the A-Class.

The five-seat rival to BMW’s 2 Series Active Tourer is marginally longer (4359mm), wider (1786mm) and taller (1557mm) than its predecessor, with a wheelbase of 2929mm and a reduced drag coefficient of 0.24.

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The new B-Class has short overhangs, designed to maximise interior space, and will be offered with wheel sizes ranging from 16in to 19in.

When order books for the B-Class open, there will be a choice of four engines: two petrol and two diesel. The B180 and B200 will use the four-cylinder 1.33-litre M282 petrol engine, with 134bhp and 148lb ft, and 161bhp and 184lb ft respectively.

 A new 2.0-litre diesel will be available with 147bhp and 236lb ft (B200d) and 188bhp and 295lb ft (B220d). The petrol and 1.5 diesel have seven-speed gearboxes, with an eight-speed ’box in the 2.0 diesels.

A 1.5-litre diesel B180d, with 114bhp and 192lb ft, is due to follow. Other engine options will follow next year, along with versions with four-wheel drive.

The car’s suspension was developed to retain the agility of its predecessor while adding comfort. It uses front MacPherson struts and a twist- beam rear axle as standard, with electronic damper tuning among several options.

The interior takes cues from the new A-Class’s, although the instrument panel is split into two units. The B-Class features two digital displays, each ranging between 7.0in and 10.25in, depending on the specification. There is also an optional head-up display.

The B-Class is the second Mercedes model, after the A-Class, to feature the newest version of the MBUX multimedia system, which includes touch, voice and gesture control, and Mercedes Me connectivity.

It also has a raft of optional driver assistance and safety systems first seen on the S-Class, allowing it to drive semi-autonomously in certain situations.

Depending on options, the rear seats can be moved by 14cm, giving a boot capacity of between 455 and 705 litres, similar to the previous model, expanding to 1540 litres with the rear seats folded.

Mercedes’ compact model blitz is set to continue with new versions of the CLA and GLA, along with the new GLB, due in the coming year.

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2 October 2018

It looks very similar to the A Class and doesn't seem much bigger.

2 October 2018

More room.

2 October 2018

well they have maybe settled on a corporate grill but I doubt it. Point is the front end styling of this is to my eye all up the creek without a paddle. Its a segment which is failing because BIG hatchbacks (Octavia) offer way more space and half the price, and folk will be buying cheaper small SUVs (Dacia - Duster - et all) for what they need in this size and that leaves those than can afford would by a roomer Q5 or bigger still. Bad shot MB

2 October 2018

It's an SUV. Of course the Octavia has more space, but it's half a metre longer, and for folks who live in cities it means being able to squeeze into a parking space or not. I've had a first gen A-Class LWB, a 1st gen B-Class and a 2nd-gen A-Class. They were very well packaged, with good space for the footprint. Having said that, at one class bigger, the Touran was even better. If packaging is not important to you, then this car is not for you. Point is, packaging and practicality are not high of the priority list of people who buy Mercedes, BMW or Audi. Hence the poor sales record of these, if you're looking for compact and roomy you may just as well get a Touran, Carens, 3008. People who buy Mercedes do so for the badge and the status, which is why they sell many more 3dr or 4th gen A-Class, long, sleek and cramped. They just don't sell them to people like me.

2 October 2018

If there were more customers like you, or if MB had not given up its principles, then it would have developed its innovative A-class 1st & 2nd gen instead of replacing them with the market-driven but utterly conventional, cramped and ugly 3rd & 4th gen A-class.

2 October 2018

I think this is much better than the current model and, for what it is, seems quite desirable. Nice interior too. 

2 October 2018

Not sure the latest M-B design language works that well on this type of car - blobby and bloated.

2 October 2018

Honey, I inflated the A Class and I made me a new automobile!

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