All-New Mercedes-Benz B-Class Proves MPVs Aren’t Dead Yet

While most automakers are have given up on minivans, Mercedes-Benz isn’t willing to follow suit. Thus, earlier this year they launched the third-gen B-Class.

Underpinned by the same platform as the latest A-Class, the B-Class has a slightly larger footprint than the car it replaces.

Inside, it has loads of legroom and headroom at the back and with a sliding rear bench that’s coming shortly, the 2019 B-Class will become even more practical. Boot space is very good, and it can become even better with the rear seats folded down. As for the rest of the interior, expect A-Class quality and technology features, including the new MBUX infotainment system that’s on the standard equipment list.

Also Read: Driven: 2018 Mercedes A-Class Lives Up To The Hype – But Only Just

The slightly higher driving position compared to the hatchback provides good all around visibility. And on the go, AutoExpress says the new B-Class is a really nice car to drive, although that 7-speed DCT gearbox can feel a bit hesitant occasionally. Still, in 220d flavor, performance is almost at the same level with hot hatches.

Merc’s people carrier, which will be available in Europe starting December 3, does have other strong and weak points, which are detailed in the video review that follows right below.

 

  • Bash

    Nice. B class doesn’t interests me tbh but it’s nice.

  • Anton Yuri Calderon

    But what does it prove if nobody buys it?

    • driv3r

      Nobody buys it? – MB sold 1.5 million B-Class of the first two generations as they stated for the new generation B-Class launch event.

  • erly5

    Glad to see not all manufacturers are abandoning this sector. I’m not a huge fan of the styling but hopefully it will pay off for Mercedes.

  • Christian Wimmer

    My dad currently drives a W212 E-Class, but he’s very interested in this new B-Class if he can find a good deal on one.

    The benefits of the B-Class over the E-Class are practically the same (if not more) interior space and compact exterior dimensions (easier to live with in a crowded European city environment and small community parking spaces). Better fuel economy is also a plus. The model he wants is the B200 with the 163-hp 1.33-l turbo engine.

    To him, moving down from an E-Class to a B-Class is not a downgrade.

    • bxniels0

      What about boot space?
      Did you watch Thomas’s comparison of the A, C, E and S class interiors on YouTube? Obviously there are quality changed but the cabin space got more wider rather than longer in my mind.

      • Christian Wimmer

        Hi Bxniels0,

        If the boot space of the new B-Class will be similar to or larger than that of the outgoing model, then it’s good news. That being said, the boot of his E350 CGI W212 is very large, but he hardly uses it. The B-Class has a large boot and will no doubt suffice.

        My dad is reaching an age where he wants a car that is easy to drive in tight European city environments, easy to get in and out of, and has enough room for our family of four (dad, mom, me and my sister) for the few times we get together in the year. For such situations the B-Class is ideal.

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