Difference between Mercedes A Class and B Class

Key difference: Mercedes-Benz is mainly known for its luxury vehicles. The A-Class and B-Class are a couple of the more popular classes. The main difference between the A-Class and B-Class is the fact that the cars produced under the A-Class are hatchbacks, whereas the cars produced under the B-Class are multi-purpose vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz is a division of Daimler AG, a German multinational automotive corporation. The name has originated from Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft's 1901 Mercedes and from Karl Benz's 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen, which is considered as the first automobile. However, the term in its present form, i.e. as Mercedes-Benz appeared in 1926 under Daimler-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz is headquartered in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, with factories in numerous different countries. These factories produce everything from trucks, buses, vans and limousines. However, Mercedes-Benz is mainly known for its luxury vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz’s line of passenger cars includes the A-Class, B-Class, C-Class, CL-Class, CLA-Class, CLS-Class, E-Class, G-Class, GL-Class, GLA-Class, GLK-Class,

M-Class, R-Class, S-Class, SL-Class, SLK-Class, SLS AMG, Viano, and Citan.

The A-Class and B-Class are a couple of the more popular classes. The main difference between the A-Class and B-Class is the fact that the cars produced under the A-Class are hatchbacks, whereas the cars produced under the B-Class are multi-purpose vehicles. Hatchbacks are cars that have a rear door that swings upward to provide access to a cargo area. There usually come in a three-door or a five-door configuration. A multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), on the other hand, is a type of van, commonly known as a mini-van. The MPV is usually bigger and taller than a sedan, hatchback, or a station wagon.

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is a small family car. It was first released in 1997. The first generation A-Class (W168) was followed by the second generation model (W169) in 2004. The latest model (W176) was launched in late 2012. The A-Class was originally launched only as a five-door hatchback; however a three-door hatchback was launched as the second generation model. The W169 sat six inches below the five-door W168. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is the entry level model of Mercedes-Benz in the markets that is sold.

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class is a compact luxury car. Mercedes-Benz describes the B-Class as a Compact Sports Tourer instead of hatchback or multi-purpose vehicle. The B-Class was originally a larger version of the A-Class and had some of the same engines; however nowadays models with more powerful engines are available. The B-Class even has the same basic suspension system as the A-Class. Like the A-Class, the B-Class is also a front wheel drive vehicle.

Comparison between Mercedes A Class and B Class:

 

Mercedes A Class

Mercedes B Class

Company

Mercedes-Benz, a subsidy of Daimler AG

Mercedes-Benz, a subsidy of Daimler AG

Class

Small family car (Hatchback)

Compact MPV

Layout

Front-engine, front-wheel drive

FF layout

Production

1997–present

2005–present

Generations

First generation (W168: 1997–2004)

Second generation (W169: 2004–2012)

Third generation (W176: 2012–)

First generation (W 245, 2005–2011)

Second generation (W246; 2011–)

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