What is it?
A mild mid-life makeover for Mercedes compact MPV, bringing some aesthetic revisions and spec tweaks – and a good chance to re-acquainted with the A-Class’s bigger brother.
Of most relevance will be fuel economy improvements across the range, with the smaller petrol enignes getting the option of Merc’s ECO stop-start system and the diesel versions getting revised engine tuning.
Both 180 CDI and 200 CDI versions of the B-Class use the same 2.0-litre common rail diesel engine, but in different states of tune – with the 108bhp ‘180’ being the most popular – and sensible – choice.
What’s it like?
As you’d expect from such minor tweakery, pretty much identical to the original. The revised styling is almost unnoticeable, but inside the cabin a revised audio system looks and sounds better than the previous offering.
It’s no more useful than before. The cabin is airy and roomy, but despite being over a foot longer than the A-Class it’s based on, the B-Class feels barely any more spacious for front or rear seat occupants.
It’s can’t match cheaper mainstream rivals for utility, not least because it only comes with five seats.