2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class vs. Its Competition

2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The completely new BMW i3 wows with an eye-catching design (more startling than stunning to some people, admittedly), a futuristic carbon-reinforced carbon fiber and aluminum construction, and a futuristic interface.

It's a counterpoint to the B-Class Electric Drive's straightforward presentation—and technically the B-Class has a longer driving range.

The Nissan Leaf is affordable and also quite straightforward, although its interior trims and cabin noise aren't up to the standards of other models here.

The Chevrolet Volt and Ford C-Max Energi are both plug-in hybrids, able to go a certain number of miles before their gasoline engines kick on; for around the same price or somewhat less, those vehicles might better meet the needs of some families looking to 'green' their garage.

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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive delivers tall-hatchback versatility and impressive performance, with all the finesse and features you might expect from the luxury marque.
7.4
The 2014 BMW i3 is a truly radical attempt to reinvent the car--and the BMW--for the crowded cities of a new century.
7.6
The 2014 Chevrolet Volt is one of the best plug-in vehicles on the market, and it costs $5,000 less than it did last year.
7.4
The 2014 Nissan Leaf is the world's most popular battery electric car, and the greenest--but it can take time to get used to real-world ranges of 60 to 90 miles.
MSRP From    
$41,450$41,350$34,185$31,635$28,980
Gas Mileage    
35 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy40 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Engine    
ElectricElectricGas/Electric I4Gas/Electric I-4Electric
EPA Class    
Compact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name    
4-Door HB Electric Drive4-Door HB5-Door HBEnergi 5-Door HB SEL4-Door HB S
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
54455
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/A4N/AN/A
Body Style    
HatchbackHatchbackHatchbackHatchbackHatchback
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticCVT w/ODAutomatic