2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class

The B-Class compact was launched in 2005, when Mercedes-Benz decided it needs a bigger A-Class in Europe. The B-Class received most of its underpinning and engines from its little brother, but more powerful unit were added to compensate the extra weight. Marketed as a compact sports tourer, the B-Class is essentially a slightly larger hatchback available in a five-door configuration. The first-generation model was built until 2011 with a bevy of gasoline and diesel engines. The hatchback was redesigned for the 2012 model year and gained an all-electric iteration two years later. Dubbed Electric Drive , the EV is the sole B-Class sold in the United States. As we’re moving onto the 2015 model year, the B-Class gets further updates by means of an anticipated mid-cycle refresh.

The facelifts comes with minor styling updates, all-around LED lighting, new equipment and a revised interior. The compact continues to offer a wide selection of drivetrains, including two gasoline units, two diesels, an electric motor and a natural gas version. Read on to check out the full details.

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Spy Shots

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Judging by the strategically placed camo, we expect to see new headlights, a new front bumper and changes to the grille up front. Above, you can see a comparison between the spy shot (right) and the current model (left), but the camo hides most of the differences.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

On the rear, we expect to see a new bumper with nicely integrated exhaust pipes. The rear comparisons make it a little easier to see the differences, as the camo is far lighter on the backside.

Exterior

Mercedes-Benz B-Class
Mercedes-Benz B-Class
Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Visual upgrades are minor, with the new LED High Performance headlamps system being the main highlight

Visual upgrades are minor, with the introduction of the LED High Performance headlamps system being the main highlight up front. The revised fascia also includes a reshaped bumper. The same is available around back, where a new set of LED taillights and an updated bumper replace the previous units. Also new is a B-Class lineup consisting of three distinct lines: Style, Urban and AMG Line. The latter includes sportier styling features and make up the most aggressive-looking B-Class you can buy, as Mercedes-Benz has no plans to develop a B45 AMG.

The B-Class also benefits from the already familiar Night, Exclusive and AMG Exclusive packages. These provide more options for individualization at an extra cost.

Interior

Mercedes-Benz B-Class
Mercedes-Benz B-Class
Mercedes-Benz B-Class

The facelift also brings numerous interior updates with a focus on premium quality

The facelift also brings numerous interior updates with a focus on premium quality. The large infotainment system now measures 8 inches, while the instrument cluster comes with a stylish dial layout. The company also offers a choice of 12 colors for the ambient lighting, a feature usually available on luxury sedans. Previously not available, keyless access and start is now an option for this vehicle. Also new are the Collision Prevention Assist Plus and Attention Assist safety systems.

Other than that, the B-Class has remained largely unchanged. That’s far from being an issue though, as its revamped interior can be labeled as the most luxurious in the hatchback segment.

Drivetrain

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Two gasoline engine are available, with both of them featuring two different output ratings

As expected, the B-Class comes with a wide variety of drivetrains. Two gasoline engine are available, with both of them featuring two different output ratings. The 1.6-liter, inline-four in the base B180 model generates 122 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque, while the B200 benefits from 156 ponies and 184 pound-feet. Both the B220 and the B250 get a 2.0-liter four-banger. The former has 184 horses and 221 pound-feet on tap, while the later is motivated by 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet.

As for diesels, Mercedes offers a Renault-sourced 1.5-liter and a 2.1-liter, both with four cylinder. The B160 is the most frugal of them all and comes with just 90 ponies and 177 pound-feet.

Mercedes offers Renault-sourced 1.5-liter and 2.1-liter diesels

Moving up to the B180, there are 109 horses and 191 pound-feet under the hood. The larger 2.1-liter unit pumps 136 horsepower and 221 pound-feet in the B200 and 177 horses and 258 pound-feet in the B220, respectively.

Mercedes also offers a natural gas version dubbed B200 Natural Gas Drive. It uses the same 2.0-liter block as the gasoline version, but it runs on both gasoline and natural gas. The mill generates 156 horsepower and, when working on natural gas, it requires 4.2 kilograms of them for every 100 kilometers traveled.

Lastly, there’s the B-Class Electric Drive, the only model available Stateside. The facelifted EV is powered by 177 horses and 251 pound-feet of torque and sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds. Its range sits at 60 miles.

Diesel models:

Model B 160 CDI B 180 CDI B 180 CDI BE Edition B 200 CDI B 220 CDI
Number of cylinders/arrangement4 in-line4 in-line4 in-line4 in-line4 in-line
Displacement (cc)14611461146121432143
Rated output (hp at rpm)90 HP @ 2750-4000 RPM109 HP @ 4000 RPM109 HP @ 4000 RPM136 HP @ 3200-4000 RPM177 HP @ 3600-3800 RPM
Rated torque (LB-FT at rpm)177 LB-FT @ 1700-2500 RPM191 LB-FT @ 1750-2500191 LB-FT @ 1700-2500 RPM221 LB-FT @ 1400-3000 RPM258 LB-FT @ 1400-3400 RPM
Combined fuel consumption from (l/100 km)4.1 (4.0)4.1 (4.0)3.64.3 D (4.0)4.1 [5.0]

Gasoline models:

Model B 180 B 180 BE Edition B 200 B 220 4MATIC B 250
Number of cylinders/arrangement4 in-line4 in-line4 in-line4 in-line4 in-line
Displacement (cc)15951595159519911991
Rated output (hp at rpm)122 HP @ 5000 RPM122 HP @ 5000 RPM156 HP @ 5300 RPM184 HP @ 5500 RPM211 HP @ 5500 RPM
Rated torque (LB-FT at rpm)147 LB-FT @ 1250-4000 RPM147 LB-FT @ 1250-4000 RPM184 LB-FT @ 1250-4000 RPM221 LB-FT @ 1200-4000 RPM258 LB-FT @ 1200-4000 RPM
Combined fuel consumption from (l/100 km)5.6 (5.4)5.25.6 (5.4)6.56.1 (6.6)

Prices

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

The refreshed B-Class arrives in European dealerships in November 2014, after making its official debut at the Paris Motor Show. There’s no word on U.S. availability yet, but it’s likely the Germans won’t ship the compact over the pond. In its home market, the B-Class will retail from €27,102.25, which means about $35,110 as of 09/12/2014.

Competitors

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

The Mercedes B-Class gets its main competition from BMW, who has moved into building front-wheel-drive cars with the 2 Series Active Tourer. Munich has opted for a similar design approach and a lineup that includes three engines for the 2014 model year. A 1.5-liter, three-cylinder unit serves as a base propeller with 136 ponies and 220 pound-feet of torque at its disposal. A larger, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine delivers 231 gasoline-fed horses and 350 pound-feet of torque. The only diesel offering consists of a 2.0-liter four-banger rated at 150 horsepower and 330 pound-feet.

M Sport and plug-in hybrid versions are also underway for the 2015 model year, but specific details are rather thin as of September 2014. Pricing has yet to be revealed and there’s a good chance we won’t get the 2 Series Active Tourer in the United States.

Conclusion

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Although this facelift doesn’t bring many exterior changes, it places the B-Class in line with the brand-new models from the Mercedes-Benz lineup. The highlights obviously lie in the cabin, which boasts a more premium feel and a stylish layout that reminds of more expensive vehicles from the German company. The compact benefits from an impressive lineup of engines, which also includes a potent EV and a natural gas version. That’s likely to help increase sales in Europe, where the model is offered in its full diversity.

LOVE IT
  • Premium interior
  • LED lighting all around
  • Plenty of engines to choose from
  • Green drivetrains
LEAVE IT
  • Mild exterior updates
  • U.S. availability not likely
  • BMW 2 Series Active Tourer delivers strong competition

Press Release

In terms of both design and technology, the second generation of the B-Class car has heralded a new compact class era at Mercedes-Benz. More than 350,000 of the sports tourer have been sold since the market launch in late 2011. Now the best-seller from Mercedes-Benz has undergone a major facelift including exterior and interior enhancements along with attractive, redefined design and equipment lines.
The breadth of choice is unique in this segment: five economical diesel models with consumption statistics ranging from 3.6 to 5.0 l/100 km, four efficient petrol engines at between 5.4 and 6.6 l/100 km, alternative drive systems (B 200 Natural Gas Drive and B-Class Electric Drive), as well as optional 4MATIC all-wheel drive. What is more, with a Cd value of less than 0.25 the sports tourer continues to be the role model for its class. Sales of the new B-Class commence on 12 September, with the world première taking place during the Paris Motor Show (4 to 19 October). The revamped models will be making their way to dealerships from 29 November 2014. Prices start from 27,102.25 euros for the B 180.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

"As the first member of a completely new generation of compact class, for us the B-Class paved the way for great success in this vehicle segment. The pioneer is now in better shape than ever," says Ola Källenius, Member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars responsible for Marketing & Sales. "The B-Class is the perfect (family) car for anyone who attaches importance to practicality, comfort and safety, but at the same time doesn’t want to miss out on sportiness or driving dynamics."
More light: LED High Performance headlamps now available
The easiest way to recognise a facelifted B-Class with a petrol or diesel engine is from the front: a new bumper, wide radiator trim with two louvres and now integral daytime running lamps in the headlamps give the vehicle a more organic and dynamic appearance. The rear bumper has also been modified and now features a contoured covering and an additional chrome trim strip. LED High Performance headlamps create a more striking look, both day and night (optional extra, not available for the B-Class Electric Drive or Natural Gas Drive). These increase safety at night due to their wide beam pattern and light of a colour similar to daylight. Bicolour tail lamps featuring LED technology provide emphasis and make the vehicle more visible.
A high-grade, functional interior underscores the B-Class’s premium quality claim. The facelift gives the vehicle a more exclusive, up-to-date feel and boosts the scope for individualisation. Mercedes-Benz has enhanced a number of high-quality details in the B-Class such as the large, free-standing head unit display, which is now larger, with a diagonal of up to 20.3 cm (8 inches), and the stylish dial layout for the instrument cluster. There is a choice of 12 colours for the ambient lighting, allowing different moods to be created.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Mercedes-Benz has also revised the model range and aligned the logic to the other compact models. There are three new design and equipment lines: Style, Urban and AMG Line. Each features a number of distinctive exterior and interior details. The Night, Exclusive and AMG Exclusive packages build on these and provide more options for individualisation.
KEYLESS-GO is new as an optional extra. This access and drive authorisation system with KEYLESS-GO starting function allows the vehicle to be opened, started and locked simply by carrying the electronic key with you.
Safety: autonomous partial braking if the risk of a collision is detected
When it made its début, the B-Class redefined the standard of safety in the compact class with a variety of new driving assistance systems, some of them included as standard equipment. These functions have now been enhanced and new assistance systems added to give the driver more support. COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS extends the functionality of COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST with autonomous partial braking to reduce the risk of rear-end collisions. The standard ATTENTION ASSIST feature has also been upgraded: operating within an extended speed range (60 - 200 km/h), this now uses a five-stage bar display to visualise the driver’s current attention level.
"Mercedes connect me" links the B-Class to its environment
Next-generation telematics offer more intuitive operation; functions are more accessible due to animated menus and visual representations on a larger display in the head unit.
"Mercedes connect me" links the B-Class to its environment. Basic Mercedes connect me services can be used with the standard communications module.
The available services include, among others, accident recovery, as well as service maintenance and incident management. In an accident, the Mercedes-Benz emergency call system automatically connects the occupants with the Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call Centre and sends the position and condition of the vehicle to the rescue operations centre. A rescue vehicle can then be dispatched immediately. The system works automatically but can also be triggered manually.
The special Remote Online equipment enables customers to connect with their vehicle anywhere and at any time via the URL "connect.mercedes.me" and to query by smartphone the fill level of their fuel tank, for example.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Mercedes connect me services are even more extensive for the B-Class Electric Drive: Via "connect.mercedes.me". The current charging level of the lithium-ion battery and current vehicle range can be queried comfortably from a distance. The range of Mercedes connect me services is rounded off by the ability (depending on the temperature) to preheat or precool the vehicle ready for a specified departure time.
COMAND Online customers are also able to receive real-time traffic information courtesy of Live Traffic Information.
A wide spectrum: petrol and diesel engines, all-wheel drive and alternative drive systems
In terms of efficiency, the new B-Class continues to set benchmarks with the best Cd value in its segment. The choice of efficient engines is extensive – four diesel engines, four petrol engines and two models with alternative drive systems. Also available are the B 180 and B 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Editions.
Thanks to the new B 200 CDI 4MATIC, the pleasure of all-wheel drive and safety now start at around 130 g CO2/km instead of over 150 g CO2/km (B 220 4MATIC) as previously. In total there are now four models with all-wheel drive for improved traction, high driving stability and safe handling.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

The B 200 Natural Gas Drive and the B-Class Electric Drive coming soon (sales release: 3 November) join the portfolio as two models with alternative drive systems. Both use the B-Class’s modular ENERGY SPACE body concept: The underbody houses one large and two smaller gas tanks and a 14-litre petrol tank (B 200 Natural Gas Drive) or the lithium-ion battery (B-Class Electric Drive). Due to this intelligent packaging method, the five-seater model has been able to retain the generously proportioned luggage compartment for which it is known.
The model range: new product logic with three lines
As part of the facelift, Mercedes-Benz has revised the B-Class’s model range and brought the model breakdown into line with the other compact models. There are three new design and equipment lines: Style, Urban and AMG Line. Each features plenty of distinctive exterior and interior details. The Night, Exclusive and AMG Exclusive packages build on these and provide more options for individualisation. New KEYLESS-GO functions simplify operation.
The Style equipment line underlines the B-Class’s stylish appearance. Exterior characteristics include light-alloy wheels in an expressive design, radiator trim with two louvres painted in iridium silver with chrome inserts, and shoulderline trim strips in chrome. For the stylish interior there are seats with Vianen upholstery fabric, trim with a line pattern, and selected elements in silver chrome such as the moulding on the multifunction steering wheel, highlights on the gear lever, and the switches on the top control panel. Useful details like a double cup holder on the centre console and a 12V socket in the rear round off the high-quality feel.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

The Urban equipment line emphasises the vehicle’s sportiness both inside and out. The radiator trim with two louvres painted in iridium silver and chrome inserts, 43.2 cm (17-inch) 5-spoke light-alloy wheels, and a twin-pipe exhaust system integrated into the bumper with chrome-look tailpipe trim create a dynamic impression. In the interior the sporty character is on display with seats featuring upholstery in ARTICO man-made leather/Montfoort fabric and a leather multifunction steering wheel with perforated grip area. Details like contrasting topstitching, silver chrome highlights and sail pattern trim round off the high-quality feel.
The AMG Line augments the vehicle’s sportiness and exclusivity. Powerful AMG bodystyling ensures a dynamic appearance along with the radiator trim, which has two louvres painted in iridium silver and chrome inserts, and the two-pipe exhaust system integrated into the bumper with chrome look tailpipe trim. A lowered comfort suspension with Sports Direct-Steer system improves handling and boosts driving enjoyment. 45.7 cm (18-inch) 5-twin-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels, perforated brake discs at the front, and brake callipers at the front with Mercedes-Benz lettering complete the striking exterior. Seats in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre and the multifunction sports steering wheel with flattened bottom section, as well as a gear lever with perforated leather, add stylishly sporty elements in the interior. This equipment line also includes red contrasting topstitching on the door armrests, centre console, seats, and gear lever. Brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs are another highlight.
The Night package allows the exterior to be individualised further. It includes selected design elements in black. The radiator trim sports two high-gloss black louvres and chrome inserts. The 45.7 cm (18-inch) high-sheen light-alloy wheels, exterior mirror housing, and shoulderline trim strips also come in black. Dark-tinted glass from the B-pillar to the rear protects against prying eyes and simultaneously emphasises the sporty character.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Comfort, quality, and design are hallmarks of the Exclusive package. Highlights include heated front seats with 4-way lumbar support that, like the multifunction steering wheel and gear lever, are covered with high-quality leather. The instrument panel and door centre panel are trimmed with matching ARTICO man-made leather. Leather seats are available in the following expressive colours: cranberry red, hazelnut brown and black. Silver chrome design elements also help to create an exclusive ambience. Among the many other practical details are infrared convenience closing and a 12V socket in the rear.
Building on the AMG Line, the AMG Exclusive package offers even more exclusivity, individuality and sportiness. Features include heated seats with 4-way lumbar support where black RED CUT leather upholstery with red contrasting topstitching creates striking highlights. To match them, the instrument panel and door centre panels, as well as the armrests in the doors, are trimmed with ARTICO man-made leather and have red contrasting topstitching. The leather multifunction sports steering wheel with flattened bottom section and perforated grip area and the leather gearshift lever emphasise the sporty character.


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