Used Mercedes B-Class (2011-2018)

If you're looking for a tall family car without rugged off-road looks, the Mercedes B-Class fits the bill

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Practical, spacious interior
Economical diesel engines and electric option
Well-made and equipped

Weaknesses 

Diesel engines are noisy
Expensive for a small car
Bland design
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Mercedes-Benz B Class Diesel Hatchback b220d amg line premium plus 5dr auto

Total RRP £36,214

Your quote £30,528

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The B-Class is a compact people  carrier, with many characteristics of a family hatchback, but with extra headroom to help make it more practical for families.

When launched in 2011, there weren’t many rivals, with the Ford C-Max the most obvious. However, in recent years, the Volkswagen Golf SV (which replaced the Golf Plus) and the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer have been launched and can be considered serious rivals.

Practicality is in plentiful supply in the B-Class, with lots of interior space, plenty of legroom in the rear, a sizeable boot with a 488-litre capacity, and lots of useful storage and stowage cubbies for keeping all the bits and pieces that keep families contented and occupied on the road.

There’s also a range of petrol and diesel engines that accommodate most users’ needs – including a pure electric variant for the eco-conscious buyer – and return low running costs. There’s nothing that offers significant performance – no AMG version, as is the case with many cars in the Mercedes-Benz model range – but that’s as it should be for a family car such as the B-Class. More concerning is the fact that the diesels, while economical, are noisy and not a match for those found in the Golf SV or 2 Series Active Tourer.

Buyers also have a choice of trim levels to fit in with different requirements – from comfort-oriented to sporty – along with a choice of additional equipment packs that add a range of optional features.

A series of updates in 2014 added some of the latest technology, including smartphone integration, Apple CarPlay and Connect Me connectivity features, which add a range of online-enabled services.

On the road, the B-Class has been engineered for comfort, despite the pretensions of Sport models. Ride quality is impressive, while it also remains stable and resists too much body roll in the corners, despite its relatively high-sided nature. Handling is also pretty accomplished for a compact people carrier, with sharp and accurate steering, good levels of grip, and good balance and agility for the type of car that it is.

A practical, premium car, on the face of it, seems a good idea for families, but with the trend for SUVs and crossovers taking a firm grip of the market in recent years, cars such as the B-Class can now be fairly considered as fairly niche.

Add into the mix elements such as high-quality materials and fit and finish that make this a (more expensive) premium model, and the B-Class becomes an even harder sell.

Last Updated 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 14:15

Key facts 

Warranty: 
3 years / unlimited miles
Boot size: 
488 litres
Width: 
1786mm
Length: 
4393mm
Height: 
1557mm
Tax (min to max): 
From A (£0 per year) to D (£110 per year)

Best Mercedes-Benz B Class for... 

Mercedes B180d SE
Aside from the pure electric B250e, the money-saving champion in the range is the B180d diesel, which has an official fuel consumption of 70.6mpg and emissions of 104g/km.
Mercedes B180 Sport
For families not racking up huge mileages, the lower-powered petrol engine (with a seven-speed automatic gearbox) is a good option, with its smooth running unit returning 52.3mpg.
Mercedes B220d Sport
The most powerful diesel option not only manages 0-62mph in 8.3 seconds, but at the same time returns 68.9mpg.

Mercedes-Benz B Class History 

  • November 2011 The current Mercedes B-Class goes on sale.
  • September 2014 The B-Class is updated, with technology improvements inside and minor styling changes outside.
  • February 2015 The Mercedes B250e electric version goes on sale.

Understanding Mercedes-Benz B Class car names 

  • B Class
  • Engine
    B200d
  • Trim level
    Sport
  • Engine
    Every car starts with the letter B (for B-Class), followed by a number to indicate engine power. The larger the number, the more powerful the engine is, although the figures don't relate to the exact power output. If the numbers are followed by a letter d, then the car is a diesel. An e indicated that the car is electric.
  • Trim level
    There are three trim levels, each with different levels of standard equipment. SE is most basic, followed by Sport and then AMG-Line.

Mercedes-Benz B Class Engines 

Petrol: B180, B200, Diesel: B180d, B200d, B220d
Electric: B250e

The petrol engines start with the B180. Combined with a six-speed manual gearbox, produces 122 horsepower (hp) and accelerates from 0-62mph test in 9.3 seconds (9.2 seconds if the optional seven-speed automatic is chosen). The 156hp B200 can hit 62mph from a standing start in 8.6 seconds (8.4 seconds with the auto). Both versions return 50.44mpg (52.3mpg) and emit 129g/km and 130g/km respectively (or 125g/km in auto form).

Both petrol units are smooth, but require high revs to get the best performance out of them, which reduces their efficiency. However, buyers who don’t cover huge annual mileages (below around 10,000 miles) should find they’re better options than a diesel.

Talking of diesels, there’s a trio of options for buyers. A 1.5-litre unit with 109hp comes badged as a B180d: official fuel consumption figures are 68.9mpg (or 70.6mpg with the seven-speed auto transmission) and CO2 emissions are an impressively low 104g/m.

The other diesels are based on a 2.2-litre powerplant and are also available with 4Matic four-wheel drive. The B200d has a 136hp output (0-62mph takes 9.9 seconds, or 9.8 seconds with an auto ’box) and fuel economy of 65.6mpg (70.6mpg with the auto or 56.5mpg with 4Matic) and CO2 emissions as low as 104g/km.

The more powerful 177hp B220d comes with the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission as standard, which means 68.9mpg and 107g/km (56.5mpg and 130g/km with 4Matic).

All the diesels, although economical, sound rough and loud, especially compared to similar engines in rivals. An overly noisy grumbling sound accompanies acceleration and the overall experience is far from satisfying, especially when everything else about the car is what you expect a premium model to be.

The B-Class is also available as a pure electric vehicle. The B250e has a 180hp of power and can go from 0-62mph in 7.9sec.

Fuel

Fuel economy

Power

Acceleration (0-62mph)

Top speed

B 180 d

Diesel

68.9mpg

109hp

11.6s

117mph

B 180 d 7G-DCT

Diesel

70.6mpg

109hp

11.9s

117mph

B 180 d Eco

Diesel

78.5mpg

109hp

11.6s

117mph

B 200 d

Diesel

65.6mpg

136hp

9.9s

130mph

B 200 d 7G-DCT

Diesel

70.6mpg

136hp

9.8s

130mph

B 220 d

Diesel

68.9mpg

177hp

8.3s

139mph

B 220d 4Matic

Diesel

56.5mpg

177hp

8.3s

136mph

B 180

Petrol

50.4mpg

122hp

9.3s

124mph

B 180 7G-DCT

Petrol

52.3mpg

122hp

9.2s

124mph

B 200

Petrol

50.4mpg

156hp

8.6s

136mph

B 200 7G-DCT

Petrol

52.3mpg

156hp

8.4s

136mph

Mercedes-Benz B Class Trims 

SE, Sport, AMG Line

There are three basic trim levels available to B-Class buyers, with the option of adding to their features with three equipment lines.
SE cars come with 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, comfort suspension, air conditioning, man-made leather upholstery, reversing camera, 7-inch display for the infotainment system, cruise control, USB input for portable media devices, smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and multifunction steering wheel.

Additional features in Sport cars include 17-inch alloys, Dynamic Select driving modes (Eco, Comfort, Sport and Individual), rain-sensing windscreen wipers, 8-inch infotainment display, automatic climate control, twin tailpipes and ambient interior lighting.

The range-topping AMG Line adds 18-inch alloy wheels, AMG bodystyling features, lowered comfort suspension, speed-sensitive power steering, man-made leather and suede upholstery with red stitching, AMG sports pedals and floor mats, and carbon fibre-look trim.

The Executive equipment line (which costs an additional £995) adds satellite navigation, heated front seats and parking pilot self-parking.

The £1,695 Premium equipment line – available for Sport or AMG Line cars – adds 12-colour ambient lighting, electric folding mirrors, satellite navigation, heated front seats, LED headlights and parking pilot.

Also available for Sport and AMG Line models is the Premium Plus equipment line, which (for £2,995) adds electric front seats, keyless Go system and full-length glass roof, on top of the features from the Premium package.

Mercedes-Benz B Class Reliability and warranty 

There's limited data on the reliability of the B-Class itself, but Mercedes tends to have an average rating. It was ranked 18 out of 32 in the 2016 Auto Express Driver Power survey, and offers a three-year warranty. High-mileage owners get a bit more reassurance than the industry standard because the warranty has no mileage limit.

Used Mercedes-Benz B Class 

The Mercedes B-Class holds its value reasonably well. Three-year-old models with average mileages (around 30,000-36,000) are worth around 44% of their new value.

Given its high initial price, it means that used car bargains are scarce - Alternatives such as the VW Golf SV or Ford C-Max are cheaper, and the difference in quality isn't as big as it used to be.

List price

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1 year old

2 years old

3 years old

Best for economy

Price

£23,245

£19,723

£15,995

£14,990

£11,480

Mercedes B180d

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15%

31%

35%

51%

Best for families

Price

£22,170

£18,788

£17,990

£14,292

£11,750

Mercedes B180

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15%

29%

35%

47%

Best for performance

Price

£28,245

£24,073

£22,495

£20,950

£12,999

Mercedes B220d

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15%

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26%

54%

Mercedes-Benz B Class Prices

Mercedes-Benz B Class AMG Line

b180 amg line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,472

You could save up to: £4483

b180 amg line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,864

You could save up to: £4691

b180 amg line executive 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,686

You could save up to: £4664

b180 amg line executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,078

You could save up to: £4872

b180 amg line premium 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,438

You could save up to: £4776

b180 amg line premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,830

You could save up to: £4984

b180 amg line premium plus 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,482

You could save up to: £4932

b180 amg line premium plus 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,874

You could save up to: £5140

b180d amg line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,647

You could save up to: £4658

b180d amg line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,019

You could save up to: £4866

b180d amg line executive 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,860

You could save up to: £4840

b180d amg line executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,232

You could save up to: £5048

b180d amg line premium 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,612

You could save up to: £4952

b180d amg line premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,984

You could save up to: £5160

b180d amg line premium plus 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £26,656

You could save up to: £5108

b180d amg line premium plus 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,028

You could save up to: £5316

b200 amg line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,821

You could save up to: £4684

b200 amg line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,213

You could save up to: £4892

b200 amg line executive 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,034

You could save up to: £4866

b200 amg line executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,426

You could save up to: £5074

b200 amg line premium 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,786

You could save up to: £4978

b200 amg line premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,178

You could save up to: £5186

b200 amg line premium plus 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £26,830

You could save up to: £5134

b200 amg line premium plus 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,222

You could save up to: £5342

b200d amg line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,170

You could save up to: £5035

b200d amg line executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,383

You could save up to: £5217

b200d amg line premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,135

You could save up to: £5329

b200d amg line premium plus 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,179

You could save up to: £5485

b220 4matic amg line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,487

You could save up to: £5178

b220 4matic amg line executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,700

You could save up to: £5360

b220 4matic amg line premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,452

You could save up to: £5472

b220 4matic amg line premium plus 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,496

You could save up to: £5628

b220 amg line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 45.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,775

You could save up to: £4970

b220 amg line executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 45.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,988

You could save up to: £5152

b220 amg line premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 45.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,740

You could save up to: £5264

b220 amg line premium plus 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 45.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,784

You could save up to: £5420

b220d amg line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,518

You could save up to: £5237

b220d amg line executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,732

You could save up to: £5418

b220d amg line premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,484

You could save up to: £5530

b220d amg line premium plus 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,528

You could save up to: £5686

b250 amg line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 44.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,558

You could save up to: £5087

b250 amg line executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 44.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,771

You could save up to: £5269

b250 amg line premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 44.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,523

You could save up to: £5381

b250 amg line premium plus 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 44.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,567

You could save up to: £5537

Mercedes-Benz B Class Sport

b180 sport 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,172

You could save up to: £4288

b180 sport 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,564

You could save up to: £4496

b180 sport executive 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,385

You could save up to: £4470

b180 sport executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,777

You could save up to: £4678

b180 sport premium 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,137

You could save up to: £4582

b180 sport premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,529

You could save up to: £4790

b180 sport premium plus 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,181

You could save up to: £4738

b180 sport premium plus 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,573

You could save up to: £4946

b180d sport 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,346

You could save up to: £4464

b180d sport 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,718

You could save up to: £4672

b180d sport executive 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,560

You could save up to: £4645

b180d sport executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,932

You could save up to: £4853

b180d sport premium 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,311

You could save up to: £4758

b180d sport premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,683

You could save up to: £4966

b180d sport premium plus 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,355

You could save up to: £4914

b180d sport premium plus 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,727

You could save up to: £5122

b200 sport 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,520

You could save up to: £4490

b200 sport 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,912

You could save up to: £4698

b200 sport executive 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,734

You could save up to: £4671

b200 sport executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,126

You could save up to: £4879

b200 sport premium 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,485

You could save up to: £4784

b200 sport premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,877

You could save up to: £4992

b200 sport premium plus 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,529

You could save up to: £4940

b200 sport premium plus 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,921

You could save up to: £5148

b200d sport 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,869

You could save up to: £4841

b200d sport executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,083

You could save up to: £5022

b200d sport premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,834

You could save up to: £5135

b200d sport premium plus 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,878

You could save up to: £5291

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