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It is a Benz, so look else­where for a bar­gain. The all-wheel-drive B250 comes with 18-inch al­loys, key­less en­try and start, tinted win­dows, LED in­te­rior lights (in 12 colours), syn­thetic leather trim, AMG body kit, low­ered sus­pen­sion, self park­ing, park­ing sen­sors, sat­nav and full-LED head­lights. War­ranty is three-years/ un­lim­ited km and ser­vice in­ter­vals are 12 months/25,000km.


With its tall roof to max­imise space ef­fi­ciency, it is never go­ing to be a style icon. This one looks a bit goofy, even with the big­ger wheels. The am­ple in­te­rior space makes it a pretty handy hauler for young fam­i­lies. The up­dated in­te­rior de­sign is con­tem­po­rary Mercedes, with a well-de­signed lay­out and eight-inch in­fo­tain­ment screen. The man-made leather feels just as good as hide.


The B250 4Matic gets a 2.0-litre four-cylin­der turbo (155kW/350Nm), en­abling 0-100km/h in 6.7 sec­onds. Fuel econ­omy is 6.8L/100km . Mercedes has thank­fully ditched the aw­ful con­tin­u­ously vari­able au­to­matic, mov­ing to a regular seven-speed au­to­matic.


The B-Class gets five stars from ANCAP and has no less than nine airbags. A re­vers­ing cam­era is stan­dard on all B-Class mod­els, as are park­ing sen­sors, semi-au­to­mated brak­ing and blind-spot warn­ing. Good to see fea­tures stan­dard on all mod­els, not re­stricted to top­spec car. Out­ward vi­sion is ex­cel­lent.


De­spite the rally car at­tributes (turbo four-cylin­der and per­ma­nent AWD). it is more at home do­ing the school run. The B-Class is at its best in a straight line and moves along sur­pris­ingly quickly, even in slip­pery con­di­tions. There is even a nice sporty ex­haust note. The trans­mis­sion shifts smoothly and quickly and is so much bet­ter than the old CVT. Cor­ner­ing is noth­ing to write home about, but that is no sur­prise. The ride is on the firm side, but not un­com­fort­able.

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