One of Mercedes-Benz’s compact models, the B-Class brings a healthy measure of sophistication and luxury to the hatchback market. An electric-powered model is on offer if you’re looking to up your eco-friendly credentials and save on fuel.
The B-Class is a robust hatchback that mirrors the sportiness and power of its drive. It has a large bonnet as if to conceal a weighty powertrain, with its nose pronounced by a copious grille with striking silver-painted panels. Two front air intakes are decidedly large and sculpted into the low-slung bumper creating a sporty front profile. LED indicators are built into the door mirror for classy style, while LED daytime running lights make sure you’re instantly recognised on the road.
Generous space inside makes the B-Class a luxurious ride compared to traditional hatchbacks. A 2.6m wheelbase means there’s lots of legroom in the back while the substantial height brings extra headroom. It’s crafted for comfort with cushion adjustments in the seats, air-conditioning and a multifunction steering wheel that stops you having to strain to reach a control. Ambient lighting keeps the interior calm and elegant at night. Storage compartments are dotted about the cabin so everyone can keep their essentials close by. A seven-inch touchscreen is standard and sits in the centre of the dashboard so all the entertainment and driving assistance tools are in your line of sight.
A choice of three petrol engines and
two diesels power the B-Class, with the fastest being the B 220 d. It
can reach top speeds of 139mph and will get you to 60mph in less than
eight seconds. The petrol units closely follow, reaching 0-60mph in less
than nine seconds and getting to speeds of around 137mph. The electric
version is powered by a 132 kW motor. With the foot on the acceleration
pedal, it too will go from 0-60mph in less than eight seconds.
Cruise control is standard for a relaxing drive along the motorway, and there’s a speed limiter to stop you from breaking 70mph or your set speed. You can choose to add a driving mode selector which allows you to choose how you want each drive to feel, whether that’s sporty and fun or easy and relaxing. The SE and Sport trims get comfort suspension for a smooth drive, while the AMG Line has lower suspension so you feel close to the road.
Acceleration Skid Control, Active Brake Assist and ESP with Curve Dynamic Assist are included to help prevent the B-Class from swerving or skidding when travelling at speed. A series of airbags give the shell extra support to protect you in the event of a crash.
All drives are given plenty of entertainment and tools for an easier experience. Along with the stereo and radio you expect in a car of its class, the B-Class comes with an SD card slot and Bluetooth with a keypad on the screen for making calls. You can use the apps on your iPhone on the touchscreen thanks to the Apple CarPlay™. It can be controlled using your voice so you don’t have to take your hands off the wheel. A reversing camera with guidelines is shown on the touchscreen so you can easily parallel park in the city without worry of damaging the paintwork.
Call Connolly Motor Group or get in touch via the online contact form to book your test drive. From our showrooms in Collooney, Co. Sligo, you can try out the B-Class’ features and get a feel for its performance.