2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class: A Family-Friendly Option With A Premium Appeal

In a market dominated by high-riding vehicles, MPVs are finding it hard to survive. However, while some carmakers are phasing them out, Mercedes-Benz has brought the B-Class into the third generation.

Based on the same platform as the latest compact cars in their lineup, such as the A-Class and the CLA, it follows a similar suit in terms of styling, getting a significant makeover compared to its predecessor, which wasn’t exactly a looker. Think of it as an A-Class hatch with a raised roofline, more space in the boot and a slightly reworked interior that has become more family-friendly.

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Strangely enough, for a people carrier that calls itself premium, it’s a bit noisy on the go and the suspension is kind of firm. Then comes the pricing, which could be another drawback for those in the market for such a ride: £25,460 ($30,868/€27,917) in the UK and about €33,000 ($36,500) in Ireland, where this one was put to the test.

BMW’s 2-Series Active Tourer costs about the same in both markets, but if you’re willing to drop the Merc’ badge for Renault’s, you could get the Grand Scenic for a tad less. And if that doesn’t sound like a good deal, you should know that the B180d reviewed below is powered by the 1.5-liter diesel engine, developed by the French company, rated at 116 horsepower. Furthermore, the AMG Line version is even more costly, at €35,000 ($38,700) for the auto version that also adds more equipment and a specific exterior makeover.

Then again, that’s a Merc, so it gets priced accordingly and putting it against a non-premium product is like comparing apples and oranges. Or is it?

 

  • Christian Wimmer

    Great car for sure.

    At first I thought the AMG Line body kit option was silly for the B-Class, but the more I see the better it looks. I’ve seen a handful of these on the road already, and they tend to look really good in AMG Line trim.

    My dad is considering a B180 to replace his 2010 E350 CGI (W212); easier to drive/own a smaller car in European cities.

    • Able

      Car people wonder why so many are buying SUVs but when dowdy ugly MPVs like this exist, why would you NOT buy the SUV?

      Better yet, buy a WAGON! Best of both worlds.

      • Christian Wimmer

        Well my dad is still waiting for the GLB to come out before his final decision.

        Between the GLB and the B-Class the B-Class is more practical. The GLB will probably drive sportier, but he does not care about that.

  • sidewaysspin

    What’s premium about those looks.

    • PK

      It’s Mercedes Benz that’s all you have to know.

    • Stephen G

      I think “premium” refers to what the labor rates are when it’s in the shop having a new transmission put it.

  • Bhaskar Manda

    I could watch SUVs all day and not see one as clean-looking. They could lengthen is and make it more multipurpose… but it isn’t coming to the US, so it’s all academic for me.

  • erly5

    The B-Class has never been a looker and this version doesn’t change that. If the MPV is to survive the industry must up the style stakes to fight back against the SUV.

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