Plenty of space in

baby Merc MPV

Mercedes B-Class Sport, driving
Mercedes B Class, interior
Mercedes B Class, side
Mercedes B Class, rear

MERCEDES' small MPV, the B-Class, has huge interior space and a decent range of smooth, quiet engines.

I would like to have driven the cheaper versions, because the 220CDi BlueEFFICIENCY Sport at the top of the range - which was all that was available - comes with sports suspension.

You know my feelings about that - it spoils the ride for very little improvement in handling and road-holding.

However, the 220CDi does not ride too badly most of the time and does everything else beautifully.

It comes with a seven speed, smooth changing automatic gearbox, with paddles behind the steering wheel for those who want to do it themselves.

There is a good surge of acceleration from almost any speed and it changes down easily and in exactly the right places as you slow down.

The steering is a little lacking in feedback but economy is brilliant and it comes with start/stop to help.

There is space for four to ride in complete comfort, but five would struggle over anything but shorter journeys.

It is very expensive for a family hatch but equipment includes umpteen airbags, stability control, leather-look interior, multi-function steering wheel, air con, and attention assist to warn of driver fatigue.

FAST FACTS

Price: £27,880

Mechanical: 168bhp, 2,143cc, 4cyl diesel engine driving front wheels via 7-speed automatic gearbox

Max Speed: 136mph

0-62mph: 8.3 seconds

Combined MPG: 61.4

Insurance Group: 25

C02 emissions: 120g/km

Bik rating: 17%

Warranty: 3yrs/ unlimited miles

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