Charl Bosch
Online Motoring Reporter
4 minute read
14 Nov 2019
9:26 am

Mercedes-Benz B-Class the sports tourer not on the B-list yet

Charl Bosch

B-Class has made the switch from a polarising, awkward looking A-Class van, to a sleek eye-catching compact MPV

A ‘‘compact sports tourer’’ was how Mercedes-Benz described the Vision B Concept that bowed at the Paris Motor Show 15 years ago. Unsurprisingly, the taller version of the A-Class become known as the B-Class just over a year later when the covers came off at the Geneva Motor Show. Unveiled at a time when MPVs had reached their zenith among buyers and when SUVs still hadn’t shrunk in size, the B-Class was touted by Mercedes-Benz as being a “trendsetter” model “preparing the way for a young market segment with a promising future”. In what can only be described as a...