2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

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of the 2014 Mercedes‑Benz B‑Class Electric Drive. Base trim shown.

2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Overview

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Vehicle Overview

The words "electric vehicle" usually aren't synonymous with luxury. Mercedes-Benz is aiming to change that with the 2014 B-Class Electric Drive. No, this isn't a concept; the brand's first electric car has an estimated driving range of 115 miles.

The car might look a little familiar: A non-electric version of the B-Class has been on sale globally for years; model-year 2014 marks the first time it's being offered in the States. A conventionally powered version won’t be available in the U.S., however.

Powering the compact hatchback is a lithium-ion battery and 177-horsepower motor. Mercedes says acceleration will be lively, but quotes a zero-to-60 time of around 8 seconds.

The B-Class Electric Drive has room for five occupants; the battery is under the floor, and Mercedes says the B-Class retains the conventional version's amount of "generous" luggage and passenger space.  Inside, the B-Class uses a familiar Mercedes air-vent layout: there are three large round vents with cross-form nozzles. Also prominently displayed in the cabin is a power display in the instrument panel. It uses a green-to-red gauge to show when power is being consumed.

Mercedes says vehicle information can also be accessed online using a computer or smartphone app. Owners can remotely check the charge status of the battery, confirm expected range and pre-heat or pre-cool the cabin.

Optional B-Class Electric Drive equipment includes navigation and voice co...

Vehicle Overview

The words "electric vehicle" usually aren't synonymous with luxury. Mercedes-Benz is aiming to change that with the 2014 B-Class Electric Drive. No, this isn't a concept; the brand's first electric car has an estimated driving range of 115 miles.

The car might look a little familiar: A non-electric version of the B-Class has been on sale globally for years; model-year 2014 marks the first time it's being offered in the States. A conventionally powered version won’t be available in the U.S., however.

Powering the compact hatchback is a lithium-ion battery and 177-horsepower motor. Mercedes says acceleration will be lively, but quotes a zero-to-60 time of around 8 seconds.

The B-Class Electric Drive has room for five occupants; the battery is under the floor, and Mercedes says the B-Class retains the conventional version's amount of "generous" luggage and passenger space.  Inside, the B-Class uses a familiar Mercedes air-vent layout: there are three large round vents with cross-form nozzles. Also prominently displayed in the cabin is a power display in the instrument panel. It uses a green-to-red gauge to show when power is being consumed.

Mercedes says vehicle information can also be accessed online using a computer or smartphone app. Owners can remotely check the charge status of the battery, confirm expected range and pre-heat or pre-cool the cabin.

Optional B-Class Electric Drive equipment includes navigation and voice control, and safety systems like blind spot warning and a backup camera.


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The 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive currently has 1 recall

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The 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive has not been tested.

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The B-Class Electric Drive received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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