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2017 Mercedes-Benz B-Class KBB Expert Review

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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By Scott Oldham -- Contributing Editor


The 2017 Mercedes-Benz B-Class, a moderately priced EV from an established luxury automaker should be a winner. But the B-Class debuted into a market forever changed by the Tesla Model S. And the competition has grown since and now includes the more affordable Chevy Bolt, which offers 200-plus miles of range. The 88-mile range of the new Mercedes B250e was already small compared to other EVs available, and it doesn’t offer a range-extending gasoline engine as you'll find in a Chevy Volt or BMW i3, plus the B-Class is more expensive. Although its interior offers premium materials, and the new 2017 B250e offers a better driving experience than many other EVs, the new B-Class needs more style and more range to compete successfully in today’s EV market.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you must have a Mercedes-Benz and you want an EV, then the 2017 B250e is truly the only game in town. And it's no punishment, thanks to its premium interior, good driving dynamics and reasonable price. It also delivers the features and safety systems you expect in a Mercedes.

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The 2017 B250e is all-Benz, but it's also a little dull-looking. The BMW i3 and the Nissan LEAF, although no beauties, cut more distinctive profiles, and the new Chevy Bolt offers much more range. The 88-mile range really limits the B-Class to around-town excursions only.

What's New for 2017

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz B250e is essentially unchanged from last year’s model; however, its price has been slashed around $500 to about $41,000, which includes a $925 transportation charge.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Aside from the complete lack of engine noise, there's nothing unusual about driving the 2017 Mercedes-Benz B250e. The new B-Class accelerates, brakes and handles with all the skill expected of a car wearing the 3-pointed star. The interior offers the same high aesthetic we've come to admire in the rest of the Mercedes-Benz lineup, with the hard plastics on the lower dash and door panels the exceptions to an otherwise excellent use of materials. The Tesla-supplied electric motor provides 177 horsepower and moves the B250e smartly from a stop, thanks to excellent torque, and it’s quick if you keep the "gas" pedal pinned to the floor, although your range will be considerably shortened. The good news is that if you have a 240-volt charger at work or home it takes only about 3.5 hours to fully recharge. The downside is that a 120-volt plug takes more than 24 hours.

Favorite Features

ATTENTION ASSIST
This unique system, which is standard on the new Mercedes B250e, learns your driving style in the first few minutes of a drive, then, as your journey continues, it continues to check your driving and conditions. If it determines you’ve become drowsy it sounds an alert and encourages you to stop.

VEHICLE HOMEPAGE
Cars are more connected than ever these days, and the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class uses its mbrace app in some interesting ways. For example, you can program the climate control to heat or cool the vehicle while it's charging, saving the battery for actual driving and not for keeping the car comfortable.


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