Mercedes GLB Review
The Mercedes GLB is a sturdy, posh SUV that should offer solid practicality and will be available with seven seats.
This score is awarded by our team of expert reviewers after extensive testing of the car
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The Mercedes GLB is a small, family-friendly SUV that fits into the Mercedes line-up between the smaller Mercedes GLA and larger Mercedes GLC. This means that the car should cost from below £40,000 for entry-level models, going up to more than £50,000 for the top-spec version.
The new GLB mixes the curves of the GLA and GLC with a chunkier look that gives more than a cursory nod to the chunky, straight-edged G-Class. With tiny overhangs and the wheels pushed right out to the corners of the body, the GLB should be well-suited to going off-road, where its underbody protection will be a huge help.
There are two petrol engines and two diesel engines to choose from in the GLB line-up. Petrol power comes in the form of the 1.4-litre, 163hp GLB200 and the 2.0-litre GLB250, with 224hp. These are both two-wheel-drive only. Diesel choices consist of the 150hp 200d and the 190hp 220d. The 200d can be specified with either two- or four-wheel drive, while the 220d is only available with four.
Sure, the Suzuki Jimny looks a bit like a mini G-Class, but the GLB really is the Mini Gee. It’s superbly butch and boxy and has the all-important three-pointed star on the bonnet.
The interior of the GLB is based on the design found in the Mercedes A-Class and Mercedes CLA. As such, the car gets the manufacturer’s MBUX infotainment setup, which conjoins the driver’s display and central infotainment as twinned screens on the dashboard.
Despite their interiors sharing many similarities, the GLB has a wheelbase that’s 130mm longer than the Mercedes A-Class’s. This means that rear-seat passengers can expect more legroom in the small SUV. Furthermore, the rear seats can recline for extra comfort, and can slide back and forth as an optional extra. As standard, the GLB is a five-seater, although it is available with seven seats, too.