Quiet cabin; responsive handling; swift acceleration; versatile hatchback body style; upscale character
Anonymous styling; high price
The 2015 B-Class Electric Drive is unchanged.
The B-Class Electric Drive doesn't quite live up to Mercedes-Benz's reputation for innovation, but it's a competitive offering that's worth considering if you're looking for an EV with a little extra luxury. Find a Mercedes-Benz B-Class for sale
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is offered in a single trim level. Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights and taillights, a 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel, a hybrid-specific vehicle app with remote functions (My Mercedes Electric Vehicle Homepage), keyless entry/start, a 4.5-in color driver-information display, MB-Tex synthetic-leather upholstery, 14-way power front seats with memory settings, split-folding rear seatbacks, dual-zone automatic climate control, the COMAND infotainment system with a 7-in central display and console-mounted control knob, a voice-controlled navigation system, Bluetooth and an 8-speaker audio system with a USB port and HD Radio.
Options include bi-xenon headlights, auto-dimming mirrors, parking sensors, a self-parking system, an upgraded regenerative braking system with fingertip paddles, a button-activated range-extender feature (which provides a claimed 15 extra miles of range if used sparingly), extended MB-Tex trim with exposed stitching, leather upholstery, an automatic garage-door opener, wood trim, a Harman Kardon audio system, smartphone-app integration and an upgraded navigation system with hard-drive music storage.
Rear-seat space is adequate in the B-Class Electric Drive, though this is a small hatchback, so it's not exactly roomy back there. Cargo capacity measures 17.7 cu ft. behind the rear seatbacks, which isn't all that impressive, but it expands to a healthy 51.4 cu ft. with those seatbacks folded flat.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Hybrid/Electric Components||8 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
2015 BMW i3 -- The funky i3 is the aesthetic opposite of the conservative B-Class Electric Drive, and it's even more entertaining to drive.
2015 Kia Soul EV -- What's in a badge? The Soul EV has a high-quality interior with a dashboard inspired by Apple devices, and it's as versatile as the Mercedes, if not as quick.
2015 Volkswagen e-Golf -- For affordable German engineering in an understated package, the practical e-Golf hatchback is a prospect not to be missed.
Used Toyota RAV4 EV -- Don't underestimate the electrified RAV4. It has serious acceleration and a cavernous cargo hold.