First Drive: 2013 Mercedes Benz B 250 mercedes benz luxury cars first drives
2013 Mercedes-Benz B 250. Click image to enlarge

Various options can increase the price of the B 250 considerably. Useful options include the Driving Assistance Package ($800) with Blind Spot Assist and Lane-keeping Assist; heated front seats ($550), rear-view camera ($480), Parktronic with parking assist ($900), and COMAND APS HDD navigation with a seven-inch screen and DVD player ($1,950). The optional Sport Package ($2,000) is likely to be popular—it includes: 18-inch five twin-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in summer performance tires; bi-xenon headlights and headlight washers; two-bar grille with black and chrome; LED daytime running lights; LED taillights; glossy black exterior trim; Direct Steering; steering wheel shift paddles; lowered suspension; and perforated front rotors.

Possible competitors for the B 250 include the Audi A3, BMW X1, Lexus CT200h (hybrid), and possibly the VW GTI, or a fully loaded Toyota Matrix or Mazda3 Sport. But based on its price, standard features and luxury brand image, there’s really nothing that competes directly with the B 250.

First Drive: 2013 Mercedes Benz B 250 mercedes benz luxury cars first drives First Drive: 2013 Mercedes Benz B 250 mercedes benz luxury cars first drives First Drive: 2013 Mercedes Benz B 250 mercedes benz luxury cars first drives
2013 Mercedes-Benz B 250. Click image to enlarge

Interestingly, the new B 250 won’t be sold in the U.S. Given Canadian’s love of compact cars, particularly hatchbacks—and more particularly, affordable hatchbacks—the new B 250 is likely to find plenty of willing buyers here. Built in Rastatt, Germany, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz B 250 is on sale now.

Pricing: 2013 Mercedes-Benz B 250
Base price: $29,900
Options:
Premium Package ($2,650): Panoramic sunroof; dual-zone automatic climate control; heated front seats, media interface; black fabric roof liner.
Sport Package ($2,000): 18-inch five twin-spoke alloy wheels and 18-inch summer performance tires; bi-xenon headlights and headlight washers; Direct Steering; steering wheel shift paddles; lowered suspension; perforated front rotors; two-bar grille with black and chrome; LED daytime running lights; LED tail lights; glossy black exterior trim; honeycomb interior trim; stainless steel pedals.
Memory Package ($1,200): 14-way power front seats with power lumbar and three-position memory; power tilt/telescopic steering wheel; auto-dimming rearview and driver’s side mirror; power folding mirrors.
Driving Assistance Package ($800): Blind Spot Assist; Lane-keeping Assist
Bi-xenon headlight package ($750): Bi-xenon headlights and headlight washers; straight bar LED daytime running lights.
COMAND APS HDD navigation with 7-inch screen and DVD player ($1,950)
Exclusive Package ($1,700): Black leather upholstery; Burl walnut wood trim; radio frequency remote locking
Harmon/Kardon 500-watt surround sound audio system with 10 speakers ($1,000)
Sirius satellite radio ($475)
Heated front seats ($550)
Rearview camera ($480)
Distronic Plus ($2,400)
Parktronic with parking assist ($900)

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