Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive
Autocar recently tested the newly refreshed Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive and, as it turns out, the UK reviewers were very impressed with the driving experience.
The electric version is well ahead of the internal combustion engine version, so if the range, charging time or price isn't a problem, then the EV version is the better option:
"In terms of all-round refinement and pace, the electric B-class is far better than its internal combustion engine sister cars. Indeed, the car’s effortless torque and near-silent progress puts it in a category of its own."
"This car has the refinement that would shame some luxury models and the kind of effortless overtaking ability that would trouble some hot hatches."
Beside this, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive has a similar 500-litre boot and generous head and legroom, so the batteries didn't take up too much space.
Interior was well received too:
"It’s also a handy size, well-packaged and nicely finished inside. The big, tablet-sized screen on the dashboard might look a little clunky, but is ideally placed and the graphics and presentation of Mercedes-Benz's sat-nav system is first rate."
In the UK, the price of electric B-Class after the plug-in grant (roughly £27,000 or $43,500) is about the same like B-Class B220 diesel with an automatic transmission, so the driving pleasure is "leagues ahead" for free.