Road Test Review: Mercedes-Benz B-Class AMG Line

Independent review by Maggie Barry

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Mercedes-Benz B-Class AMG Line Rear

Road Test: Mercedes-Benz B-Class AMG Line

Explore the key features of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class AMG Line in our expert road test review

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Highlights

Mercedes-Benz haven't held back with their B-Class AMG Line; a dynamic and sizeable model, perfect for the whole family.

 

  • Spacious interior
  • High-tech equipment
  • Attractive design
  • Impressive performance
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Introduction

The performance focused AMG Line trim is the perfect option for the Mercedes-Benz B-Class, offering a punchy and powerful experience, standard of an AMG specification.

This B-Class offers plenty of interior space, an upgraded AMG style exterior, and a wide range of features and technology to make your journey safer and more enjoyable.

Equipment and Technology

Everything about the interior of the Mercedes B-Class is pretty, but the screen on the centre console is a revelation. Not only do you get the artistically correct clouds, but put on the sat nav, and it is really difficult to go wrong.

Cameras around the car give you an exact picture of your surroundings so that what you see through the window is also what you see on the screen. In addition, Google-type arrows show you exactly where to go. Mercedes calls it Augmented Reality navigation technology, and I loved it.

Some sat nav systems are a bit slow and others can lack slightly in accuracy, but this one is truly impressive. It also has the 'Hey Mercedes' voice control, which you can activate simply by asking the car to do something.

I have used this in the past when I mistakenly knocked the sat nav off, and I instructed 'Hey Mercedes' to hook us up again, and it did so very quickly and easily.

Parking is incredibly easy aided by all the cameras onboard and standard safety systems include Active Brake Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Speed Limit Assist and cruise control with a variable speed limiter.

Design and Practicality

All this is contained in the B-Class, a very smart evolution of what we would have previously called an MPV, although I am hesitant to dub this car with that title because it is so smart looking. It has the lovely AMG grille front and body styling, which is about as far removed from a people carrier as you can get.

This car also sits quite high off the ground and inside there is plenty of room for five people.

There is lovely carbon fibre trim across the dash of the car and the sports seats are in black man-made leather with a red stitch trim. It is all offset with some wonderful ambient lighting that lit up the car as soon as I got in the underground car park.

There are AMG sills, sports pedals, and to top it all off a lovely big boot that will take loads of gear wherever you are going.

Engine and Performance

This car is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine delivering 187bhp, which means that as well as not looking anything like the traditional idea of an MPV, it doesn’t behave like one either.

It comes with Dynamic Select allowing you to choose Eco, Comfort, Sport or Individual driving modes, making it versatile for rushing along the motorway or taking it easy in town.

I found it very easy to drive; smooth and with plenty of performance in the outside lane.
Maggie Barry

Summary

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class people carrier has definitely come of age with the AMG Line trim.

With such an enjoyable driving experience and a spacious interior, it's no wonder the B-Class is a popular choice for families. No longer do you have to sacrifice style and luxury for passenger space.

And with the AMG Line specification, you can get all that space and technology, with the added power and performance of an AMG vehicle.