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MERCEDES-BENZ B CLASS HATCHBACK

B250e AMG Line Premium 5dr Auto

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Yet another compact Mercedes plug-in model - but this one's aimed at small families. Jonathan Crouch checks out the B 250e.

Background

Given that it's over half a decade since Volkswagen and Toyota pioneered plug-in hybrid technology in compact family cars, you could accuse Mercedes of a certain tardiness in bringing PHEV models to market - but then that's also true of other premium brands like Audi and Volvo. The Stuttgart maker's certainly making up for lost time now though, having introduced this tech to its GLA, CLA and A-Class models as well as to the car we're looking at here, the B-Class small MPV. The model in question, the B 250e, uses a plug-in powertrain set-up that right now just happens to set the segment standard. But can it justify a significant price premium over conventional petrol and diesel B-Class variants? Let's take a look.

Driving Experience

Rather than electrify one of its older engines, as for instance Volkswagen did with the Golf GTE, Mercedes has here developed a much more bespoke unit, a 1,332cc petrol powerplant that manages to put out as much as 218hp. That figure combines the 160hp of this model's 1.33-litre powerplant with a 75kW electric motor linked to a 10.6kWh lithium-ion battery. These power sources collectively generate a pretty potent system pulling power figure of 450Nm. So, not surprisingly, performance is sprightly, 62mph dispatched in around 7s en route to well over 140mph. You have to have front wheel drive and an 8-speed 8G-DCT dual clutch auto transmission. Of most interest to a potential PHEV buyer though, will be this model's projected WLTP all-electric driving range - up to 42 miles. Obviously, you won't get anywhere near that figure if you regularly approach the quoted all-electric top speed of 87mph. An 'Electric' drive programme keeps the car in battery drive unless the accelerator pedal's kickdown function is used. In the 'Electric' programme, the energy recovery level can also be selected via paddles behind the steering wheel. The paddles on the steering wheel enable the selection of five different recuperation levels ('DAUTO', 'D+', 'D', 'D-' and 'D--'). The usual additional 'Comfort', 'Sport' and 'Individual' mode settings are also available. According to the given requirements, the driver is thus able to give priority to electric driving, place the emphasis on driving dynamics or give preference to combustion mode in order to save electric range, for example.

Design and Build

This B 250e's PHEV set-up is all very cleverly packaged. An innovative exhaust system layout explains the need for a relatively minimal reduction in boot capacity compared with a conventionally-engined B-Class model. The exhaust ends in a centrally positioned outlet under the vehicle floor, with the rear silencer housed in the transmission tunnel. Integrating the fuel tank into the axle installation space creates additional room beneath the rear seats for the high-voltage battery. Otherwise, it's much as it would be in any other A-Class and there's the choice of either hatch or Saloon body shapes. Visual differentiators as to this variant's plug-in status are limited to subtle badging. And inside, the cabin is unchanged, save for extra 'Electric' and 'Battery Level' menus in the MBUX infotainment system. As with any B-Class, in standard spec, you get a couple of 7.0-inch infotainment screens - one in front of the driver for the instruments and a centre-dash one for the infotainment functions. Pay extra and you can have both these displays uprated to 10.3-inches in size. And in the back? Well a 6ft 3-inch driver could sit behind his or her self, helped by the fact that the sportier roof line of this third generation model hasn't impacted on headroom; actually, there's 8mm more of it. Mercedes claims to have sculpted the centre transmission tunnel to make it easier for a third adult to be accommodated in the middle, but that feature is still quite prominent and the centre part of the rear bench cushion isn't especially comfortable. We mentioned boot space earlier: at 385-litres, it's 60-litres down on the 445-litre figure of the standard model.

Market and Model

Mercedes has priced this B 250e plug-in at about the same level as the top B-Class diesel, the 190hp B 220d, so you're looking at needing around £35,500. An 8G-DCT automatic transmission comes as standard, along with a 7.4 kW AC on-board charger. For trim, you'll need to choose one of three 'AMG Line' variants. There's 'AMG Line Executive', 'AMG Line Premium' and 'AMG Line Premium Plus'. Standard kit across the range includes LED headlights, heated front seats and Thermatronic two-zone air conditioning. Infotainment's taken care of by a couple of 7-inch screens that feature the MBUX multimedia system with its 'Mercedes me' connectivity and the 'Hey Mercedes' voice-activated virtual assistant. 'AMG Line Executive' trim includes 18-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke alloy wheels, privacy glass, an AMG body styling kit, ARTICO/DINAMICA sports seats with red contrast stitching and carbon interior trim. Plus there's front and rear parking sensors and smartphone integration, along with wireless charging and a 10.25-inch central media display.

Cost of Ownership

The 10.6kWh battery can be charged with AC or DC current via a socket located in the right-hand side wall of the vehicle. This B 250e can be charged via its 7.4kW on-board AC charger within 1 hour 45 min from 0-100%. Keep everything charged up and Mercedes reckons that 90% of regular commuting journeys can be completed without using the petrol engine. One important comfort feature is the pre-entry climate control prior to starting a journey, which reduces energy usage and can also be activated conveniently by smartphone. The quoted WLTP combined cycle fuel figure is 235.4mpg and WLTP CO2 emissions are rated up to 27g/km. That means a 6% BiK tax rating; compare that to 28 or 30% for a conventional diesel or petrol-powered B-Class. The MBUX infotainment system assists the driver in finding charging stations. Just start a search simply by saying "Hey Mercedes, find charging stations nearby". Via the 'Mercedes me Charge' system, drivers of this plug-in hybrid model can optionally obtain access to one of the world's largest charging networks, with over 300 different operators in Europe alone (municipalities, car parks, motorways, shopping centres, etc.). Thanks to navigation, Mercedes-Benz customers can find these stations easily and can gain convenient access to the charging stations via the Mercedes me Charge card, the Mercedes me App or directly from the car. No separate contracts are necessary for this: apart from simple authentication, customers benefit from an integrated payment function with simple billing after they have registered their payment method once. Each charging process is booked automatically. The individual charging processes are clearly listed in a monthly invoice.

Summary

If you were shopping further up the B-Class range, it's certainly difficult to see why you'd buy a B 220d diesel variant for the same sort of money as is being asked here. It's just a pity that Mercedes doesn't feel able to offer this technology with lower, more affordable trim levels on this car. Still, you pay for plug-in sophistication and the 42 mile all-electric driving range figure is undeniably impressive car a car of this class. As usual with Plug-ins, there's lots to like about the PHEV formula if you can afford the asking price for it; superb refinement, clean emissions that lead to super-low BiK taxation and the appealing prospect of largely fuel-free commuting mileage. Ultimately, it's all about whether you can justify the up-front cost. But we still think this B 250e could make more sense than a conventional model once you add up whole-life costs on a finance deal. And in return for that outlay, you'll get a premium package in return.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeHybrid
Emissions
Emissions32.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed146mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 180 degree reversing camera with parking guidelines
  • 7 inch Instrument display with digital cockpit
  • 7 inch touchscreen media display
  • Active lane keeping assist
  • Active park assist with parktronic system including front and rear parking sensors
  • Attention assist - Monitors steering behaviour and long journey fatigue
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Direct steer system steering
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
  • Easy-pack tailgate
  • ECO start/stop function
  • Fluid level warning indicator for fuel, oil, coolant and washer fluid
  • Hey Mercedes Voice activation
  • Lamp failure indicator
  • Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Owners manual and service booklet in English
  • Power assist steering
  • Pre-installation for car sharing
  • Pre-installation for trailer coupling
  • Pre-installation for Vehicle Monitoring
  • Pre-installation for Vehicle Setup
  • Preinstallation for Mercedes Benz link
  • Service indicator (ASSYST PLUS)
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Speed limit assist
  • Trip computer in multifunction display with current consumption indicator
  • Wireless charging

Entertainment

  • DAB digital radio tuner
  • Dual bluetooth interface, 2 USB ports (type C)
  • MBUX multimedia system
  • Mercedes-Benz advanced sound system - 225W

Exterior Features

  • 4 Electric Front and Rear windows
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Aerial for GPS
  • AMG body styling front apron, rear apron and side skirts
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Body coloured door handles
  • Body coloured side skirts
  • Chrome beltline strips
  • Diamond radiator grille pins in chrome with silver painted louvres and chrome insert
  • Electric adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED side indicators
  • Exhaust system with 2 Visible tailpipe trim elements and rear apron with trim in chrome
  • Headlamp assist automatic headlamp activation
  • Heated glass rear windscreen + timer control
  • High level LED third brake light
  • LED high performance headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lamp
  • Privacy glass
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers with two sensitivity settings
  • Rear fog lamp
  • Rear windscreen wiper
  • Window line trim strip in chrome

Interior Features

  • 2nd row seat adjustment
  • 3 spoke multifunction sports steering wheel in nappa leather with flattened bottom and perforated grip area
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats with backrest
  • Acoustic ambient protection
  • Air conditioning - Two zone thermotronic luxury automatic climate control with display
  • Air vents with surround in silver chrome
  • Artico man-made leather/Microfibre Dinamica upholstery with red contrast stitching
  • Automatic child seat recognition sensor
  • Black roof lining
  • Brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs
  • Charging cable
  • Charging socket
  • Charging system
  • Floor mats with stitched AMG lettering
  • Freight packaging without tie-down hooks
  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Front centre armrest with stowage
  • Front seat cushion length adjustment
  • Front sport seats
  • Galvanished gear shift paddles on steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • Illuminated glove compartment stowage
  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
  • Luggage net on driver/front passenger seat backrest
  • Manually adjustable front seats
  • Manually height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Pre-entry climate control
  • Rear armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Seat occupancy sensor for front passenger seat
  • Seats with adjustable head restraints
  • Spectacles compartment for driver
  • Stowage compartment in centre console with retractable cover
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Touchpad on center console
  • Twin front cupholders
  • Two outer rear seat isofix and top tether child seat fixing points

Packs

  • Interior lighting with light and sight pack - B Class
  • Mirror package - B Class
  • Seat comfort pack - B Class

Safety

  • 3 rear three point seatbelts
  • Active bonnet pedestrian safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet
  • Active brake assist includes forward collision warning system with autonomous braking
  • Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assist
  • Airbags - kneebag for driver
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • Black seat belts
  • Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
  • Crash responsive emergency lighting
  • Driver and front passenger head and sidebags
  • Driver and front passenger windowbags
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Electric parking brake
  • Electronic stability programme with acceleration skid control
  • ESP curve dynamic assist
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front brake callipers with Mercedes Benz lettering
  • Radar-based recuperation
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Alarm system with immobiliser and interior protection -Thatcham category 1
  • Keyless entry lock/unlock
  • Remote central locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function

Technical

  • BlueTEC diesel emission control system including AdBlue reservoir
  • Comfort suspension
  • Rear axle torsion beam

Trim

  • Carbon structure trim
  • Light switch in high-gloss black with ring in silver chrome

Wheels

  • 18" AMG 5 twin spoke design alloy wheels painted in titanium grey with high sheen finish
  • Summer tyres
  • Tirefit tyre sealant kit

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    10.9
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    7.4
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    10-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    318
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    11
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    10-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    87
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km
    15.4
  • NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles
    48
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb
    65
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb
    40
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb
    21.8
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb
    2.9
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb
    69
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max
    69
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min
    69
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb
    43
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max
    43
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min
    43

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.133
  • CO2 (g/km)
    32
  • HC
    0.016
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    68
  • NOx
    0.011
  • Particles
    0.0001
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb
    27
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max
    27
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min
    27

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1332
  • Compression Ratio
    10.6:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    72.2
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    81.4
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb
    6.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High
    7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High
    5.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low
    9.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium
    6.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb
    40.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High
    40.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High
    47.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low
    28.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium
    44.1
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb
    1.2
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    1.2
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    1.2
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb
    235.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max
    235.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min
    235.4

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.3
  • Badge Power
    218
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    AMG Line Premium
  • Generation Mark
    3
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    31E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    30
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Mileage
    15500
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    6.8
  • Engine Power - BHP
    218
  • Engine Power - KW
    160
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    332
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    45.9
  • Engine Torque - NM
    450
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1620
  • Top Speed
    146

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    225/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear
    225/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1562
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4419
  • Wheelbase
    2729
  • Width
    1796
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2020

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    35
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2225
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1440
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    405
  • Max. Loading Weight
    500
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1600
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1725
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11
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