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2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Preview

Pros: The 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class offers levels of practicality seen in less-prestigious brands, but with the three pointed star logo on the front and the driving dynamics to match. 

Cons: Despite the famous logo on the front, the B-Class can feel a bit cheap compared to other Mercs in the lineup. However, this is the entry-level Mercedes-Benz, and an acceptable starting point for someone entering the brand -- especially those with a young family.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class
Photo: Mercedes-Benz

2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Pricing: With only one model available, the B 250 Sports Tourer, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class starts at $30,500. Of course, various options are available such as a Sport Package that includes LED daytime running lights and 18” 5-twin-spoke wheels for $2,000. The Premium Package is the most expensive at $2,400 and includes amenities such as heated front seats and a panoramic sunroof.

2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Fuel Economy: This little turbocharged city-dweller, according to MB, returns fuel efficiency numbers well under the 10L mark with a city rating of 7.9L/100km and a highway rating of a paltry 5.5L/100km. Combined numbers fall in the 6.8L/100km range.

Improvements and Changes: The most noticeable change in the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class is the exterior and interior look, as well as the elimination of options across the model line. With only one trim level available, this limits options however packages ensure buyers can still customize their Merc to their preference. With a much more mature look inside and out, the B-Class has definitely grown up over the years.

Don’t Miss: The column shifter. Mercedes-Benz offers its DIRECT SELECT lever on the steering column across most of its line, and is a unique touch in a vehicle that wouldn’t normally sport such hardware.

2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Powertrain: As mentioned, the new 2014 B-Class offers up only one engine and transmission set-up: a DOHC turbocharged 2.0L I4 good for 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque coupled with a 7-speed double-clutch automatic transmission. Power is sent to the front wheels.

Safety: Mercedes-Benz is dedicated to keeping its drivers safe and so offers a host of safety features such as Brake Assist, ATTENTION ASSIST (Brake Pad wear indicator, tire pressure loss warning system, etc.), Heated windshield washer system, ABS, Passive blind spot assist, Collision Prevention Assist, ISOFIX child seat anchors, and of course the full gambit of airbags (dual front, front side, side window, driver’s knee).

Comparables: Mazda5 GT, Kia Rondo, BMW X1, Toyota Matrix XRS, Ford C-Max.