From £20,530
Not the B for us. Engine is too weak and price tag far too high. Go for the diesel instead.

Our Verdict

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

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

17 December 2005

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

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • McLaren 570S Spider
    First Drive
    25 July 2017
    McLaren has created its most attainable drop-top by removing the roof from the 570S coupé, but none of the car's talent has come away with it
  • 2017 Range Rover Velar
    First Drive
    23 July 2017
    The Range Rover Velar is the most road-biased car Land Rover has made. So does it still feel like a proper part of the family?
  • Seat Ibiza
    Car review
    21 July 2017
    A model upon which Seat has staked its future, the new Ibiza must now deliver
  • Honda Clarity FCV
    Car review
    21 July 2017
    Honda’s fuel cell flagship reaches its second generation, but is the world ready?
  • Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi 110 N-Connecta 2017 review
    First Drive
    20 July 2017
    A UK drive in Nissan’s crucial crossover shows an update has not cost it any of that which makes it sell so well