The Mercedes B-class is one of those cars that's hard to classify. In terms of it's styling alone it could be a hatchback or a small MPV. Buyer's however have not been perturbed by this ambiguity and in South Africa it has proved the most popular in a segment that includes the Toyota Verso and the Renault Scenic. Not satisfied with seizing this part of the market only, Mercedes has set out to create a car that also appeals to more enthusiastic drivers. In the looks department they have obviously succeeded, but will it drive as well the Golfs and Astras of the world?