For today’s unboxing review we have the 2017 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive. Yes, it’s a pure EV. And yes, we were very impressed by it. Despite its boring interior and exterior design, the B-Class EV features a drive system courtesy of Tesla – a lithium-ion battery packed under the floor and a 132 kWh electric motor under the hood. Fully charged, it’s good for 87 miles of all-electric range.
Performance? Decent, like 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds, which is thanks to a total of 177 hp and 251 of instant torque being delivered to the front wheels via a single speed transmission. You should think of the B-Class EV as sort of a place holder for the automaker until more EVs arrive, which will happen fairly soon. In the meantime, we think the B-Class EV has gone unnoticed long enough. With seating for up to five, it’s an excellent everyday vehicle that does everything very well. Yes, it’s driving range isn’t anywhere near a Tesla’s 200+ range, but this thing is an awful lot cheaper than what Elon Musk is asking for his car. Base price: ,450. Oh, and don’t forget to factor in thousands of dollars of tax credits, depending on which state you live. Enjoy the review!
Europe-only versions: 0:45
Extra features: 3:15
Engine and transmission: 4:00
Spacious rear seat: 5:35
From the driver’s seat: 6:00
How does it drive?: 9:05
All-electric driving range?: 10:00
What do I like?: 11:40
Don’t like: 12:00
What’s the competition: 12:35
Not a stand out design: 15:00
Special thanks to Mercedes-Benz of Walnut Creek for letting us film the car. Check out their entire inventory at: http://www.mbofwalnutcreek.com
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