The Mercedes-Benz GLB is a brand-new versatile SUV that sits somewhere between the GLA and GLC. Competing with the likes of the Volvo XC40 and the Range Rover Evoque, the GLB certainly has some interesting features and looks that may tempt drivers who are looking for something a bit different.
The GLB is certainly posh, it’s sturdy and practical. Available with seven seats, the Mercedes’ GLB is the one to go for if you need seven seats but still want the premium feel of something like a Volvo XC40 or Range Rover Evoque.
Here’s everything you need to know about the new Mercedes-Benz GLB:
The Mercedes-Benz GLB fits between the smaller Mercedes-Benz GLA and larger GLC in Mercedes’ SUV line up.
The GLB range opens with the GLB 200 Sport, with a starting price from £34,200 OTR with seven seats.
The Mercedes-Benz GLB is available to order now, with the first deliveries expected in December.
First shown off at the Shanghai Auto Show, the GLB sported a chunky, rugged look. Whilst that still stands for the production model, it’ll be very unlikely that the standard version will come with the external roof lights that the concept version had.
The shape of the GLB is boxy, which is very different from what we’ve seen from manufacturers in recent years as cutting costs and making cars more aerodynamic has been a priority for all automakers.
The boxy theme features throughout the GLB, even down to the smallest detail, for example the hexagonal grille.
Sharp lines appear throughout the GLB’s exterior styling to accentuate more of a sporty look, whilst keeping the overall cubic design without making it look too much like a Kia Soul.
The new Mercedes-Benz
As the GLB gets Mercedes’ new interior, you’ll find features such as the new MBUX infotainment system that brings a driver-orientated display and central infotainment system that is voice-operated.
Another welcomed addition to the new MBUX system is the augmented-reality satnav. Navigation systems in cars have often been bashed for low resolution graphics, lack of features and just being very hard to use. The augmented-reality satnav superimposes digital graphics over a live feed from the camera at the front of the car, making it much easier to follow instructions.
Rear passengers can benefit from more leg room as the GLB’s wheelbase is 130mm longer than the Mercedes-Benz A Class. The rear seats can also recline for added comfort, an optional extra will give rear passengers the ability to slide the seats back and forth.
In standard form, the GLB comes as a five-seats, but is available with seven seats. Mercedes’ claims that the third row of seats will be comfortable for people below 5’5” tall. Both seats get ISOFIX mounting points, their own USB ports and separate storage compartments.
In five-seater form, the GLB has a 560-litre boot capacity, folding the seats down will increase this to 1,755-litres.
Two petrol engines and two diesel engines are available to choose from in the GLB line up. Power in the petrol engines comes from a 1.4-litre, 163hp GLB200 and a 2.0-litre GLB250 with 224hp. Both models will be two-wheel-drive only.
Your choice for diesel engines consists of a 150hp 200d and a 190hp 220d. If four-wheel-drive is something you need then the 220d is available in both two and four-wheel-drive configurations.
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