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In case you have not spotted this, the difference between Hymer B Starlines and B Class / Classic is the base vehicle. Starlines are built on a Mercedes Sprinter chassis with rear-wheel drive; B Class / Classic are on a Fiat Ducato chassis which is front-wheel drive. The Starlines tend to have a tighter turning circle because the front wheels do not have to carry the drive-shafts.
The Starline and B Class are finished to the same standard which is a bit higher than the B Classic. The B Class has an Alko chassis bolted on to the back of the Fiat base and has double floor (well the later ones do anyway), whilst the Starline and Classic have a single floor built on the original base chassis.
In 2002 / 2003 the shortest Starline was the B630 (which I have) and that is 6.41 metres long. It has a rear over-garage bed and there was no Starline made at that time with the end-kitchen / bathroom layout of the 544. All B Class types are the same width of just under 2.3 metres, and height of just under 3 metres. It is a tight squeeze in any 'normal' car-sized parking space and will usually overhang one end. I believe there may have been some shorter Starlines made in earlier years.
The other thing you might consider is the matter of 'winterisation'. Although the Starline does not have the double floor of the B Class, I have found no problems. The waste water tank is external, but it is heated, as is the waste valve. The fresh water tank is internal. The B Class is also very well 'winterised', but I am not sure if the Classic has the heated waste tank.
Hope this helps in your decision process. BTW, I am absolutely delighted with my Starline.