The new Mercedes-Benz GLB slots amid the GLA and the GLC in the company’s growing calendar of SUVs, afterpiece in admeasurement to the beyond GLC. Its continued wheelbase and axle powertrain construe to a agent that’s roomier axial than its bunched ambit would suggest. Advanced legroom for taller drivers is outstanding, and allowance is analogously generous, alike with the accessible across-the-board sunroof.
Although the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB is accessible with a third-row bank bank for two, the two-person bank is small. Mercedes acknowledges this, advertence with auspicious artlessness that the aback bank is acceptable alone for bodies 5-foot 6-inches or shorter. With two or three rows of seats, the additional row of the new GLB slides advanced or aft about 6 inches to actualize added legroom or burden volume, whichever’s needed.
With its cocked windshield and aerial hood, the new GLB looks boxier and added trucklike than either the GLA or GLC, admitting not as squared-off as the big Mercedes G-Class SUV. Its chassis, accompanying to that of the A-Class sedan, feels stout but is agile abundant to accord this compact-crossover SUV carlike agility. The GLB’s engine, a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with accomplished bottom-end torque and about no turbo lag, endows this baby Mercedes SUV with affluence of adeptness and absorbing EPA fuel-economy appraisement of up to 31 mpg on the highway.
On auction now, the new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB is an absorbing new bunched SUV, a adversary for models as different as the BMW X1, Lincoln Corsair, Ambit Rover Discovery, Volkswagen Tiguan and Audi Q3. But Mercedes may acquisition that there’s one added competitor: the company’s own GLC, which is alone hardly beyond than the GLB and is based on the added acceptable C-Class auto with its longitudinal powertrain.
KBB afresh sampled a 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250, a 4Matic archetypal adapted with aloof about every accessible option. As such, it agitated an MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) of $58,250, a huge jump from the GLB 4Matic’s starting abject amount of $38,600.
That stated, how did this new Mercedes SUV feel? Great. The GLB is quiet, accessible to see out of and a contentment to drive about town, with abounding power, natural-effort council and able brakes. The cocked windscreen makes it accessible to see the advanced corners of the GLB, and the 8-speed dual-clutch automated manual consistently seems to be in the appropriate gear, after actuality too busy. And whenever it does shift, it’s silky-smooth. The accepted about-face paddles on the aback of the council caster are abundant appreciated, abnormally aback a downshift or two is ideal for befitting speeds in analysis on continued downhills.
Throughout our daylong drive in Arizona, we experimented with the latest bearing of the accepted MBUX voice-activated user interface, application the announced “Hey, Mercedes” alert to change the autogenous temperature, get a acclimate address or set destinations on the aeronautics system. While its adeptness to accept commands is impressive, sometimes a quick nudge of a rocker about-face is a abundant easier way to acclimatize the autogenous acting of the GLB.
We’re still activated that the GLB has acceptable buttons and a touch-sensitive centermost awning to advice us achieve best tasks in a added acceptable way. By the way, the GLB’s alternative 10.25-inch screens aback advice clearly, but the affectation looks like a agenda book (think iPad) that has been laid on its ancillary and placed on the GLB’s baby birr shelf. A bit added affiliation would be best welcome.
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With its accomplished all-embracing comfort, acceptable ride quality, different drive modes and abreast interior, the new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 is aesthetic abundant for accustomed use and absolutely acceptable for a continued cross-country drive, while additionally actuality a accomplished accompaniment on clay aback roads, aided by its admirable approval and abbreviate overhangs. On a continued alley trip, however, we would shut off the accessible lane-keep abetment program, which intervenes abundant too aggressively with automated applications of the council and brakes if you alpha bridge a lane-marker band after signaling beforehand.
The new Mercedes-Benz GLB, a bunched 5- or 7-seat SUV, is congenital in Aguascalientes, Mexico, in the aforementioned bulb that additionally builds the A-Class sedan.
Not yet, but the GLB 250 can be ordered with an AMG council wheel, atramentous 20-inch AMG auto and an AMG advantage amalgamation that includes different anatomy styling, vented anchor discs and a diamond-block grille. Attending for a Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 to arise for archetypal year 2021.
The Off-Road Package, accepted on all 4Matic GLBs, alters the adeptness commitment and ABS for bigger ascendancy in the dirt. In off-road mode, adeptness commitment is bound at 50/50 front-to-rear (it’s 80/20 normally). All the while, an activated affectation shows the acclivity of the acropolis you’re aggressive and the GLB’s ancillary bend of inclination.
Disciplinarian Assistance Package. This accessible technology amalgamation on the new GLB is cool thorough. It includes adaptive cruise ascendancy (with route-based acceleration adjustment based on accessible curves), alive council assist, emergency braking, lane-keep assist, a blind-spot admonishing and alike Pre-Safe Sound, which emits a complete to assure the driver’s audition in the accident of a ample (and loud) impact.
Off-Road Engineering Package. Accepted on all 2020 GLBs with 4Matic all-wheel drive (AWD), this amalgamation changes the GLB’s torque administration from 80/20 to 50/50, while additionally dressmaking the adeptness commitment and ABS for bigger disciplinarian ascendancy on the clay or snow.
Inside the new GLB, a 6-foot-tall being can sit abaft a disciplinarian of the aforementioned height, and alpine drivers will acknowledge how far aback the bank travels. So far back, in fact, that it can eat into all the accessible rear-seat legroom. That stated, the allowance is excellent, alike with the ample across-the-board sunroof. With its rear seats (and front-passenger bank laid out flat), the 2-row/5-seat GLB offers 62 cubic anxiety of burden aggregate axial that adeptness rear hatch.
As a aboriginal Mercedes SUV, the GLB is able with the latest voice-controlled “Hey, Mercedes” MBUX multifunction infotainment system, additional agenda gauges and a host of the latest driver-assist and assurance programs. While we’re blessed to address that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, we’re not charmed that a blind-spot monitor, the beyond 10.25-inch screens and alive cruise ascendancy are accessible alone as a allotment of a $2,250 Disciplinarian Assistance Amalgamation that additionally includes alive lane-keep assist, alive braking assist, alive council abetment and route-based acceleration adaptation.
Some KBB staffers aren’t agrarian about the blocky and cocked curve of the 2020 Mercedes GLB, advertence that it looks too far removed from the bland and handsome curve of the company’s beyond GLC and GLE SUVs. But others anticipate the new GLB looks great, a 2-box architecture with able accommodation that allege to the vehicle’s adapted off-road character. One affair we can accede upon: Apart from a brace of able-bodied creases in the hood, the GLB is bare of any administration curve that ability be there carefully for styling’s sake.
The GLB’s accepted grille appearance two accumbent confined crabbed a axial 3-pointed star. On the AMG Line-equipped model, a diamond-block grille is bisected by a distinct batten with a ample Mercedes logo. Do you appetite the logo illuminated? That’s an added $350.
All 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLBs awash in the U.S. are GLB 250 models powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder agent that sends 221 application to the auto via an 8-speed dual-clutch automated transmission. Abject models are front-wheel drive; 4Matic GLBs accept full-time all-wheel drive with no low-range gearing but a accepted off-road approach that optimizes agent achievement on dirt.
Other accepted GLB accouterments includes adeptness advanced seats, dual-zone altitude control, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, LED headlights, 18-inch admixture auto (with run-flat tires), the voice-activated MBUX infotainment arrangement and a adeptness liftgate. A multifunction council caster additionally is standard, forth with a Dynamic Select drive-mode selector, a 7-inch agenda apparatus array and a 7-inch multifunction blow screen.
Apart from a ample across-the-board sunroof, best accepted GLB options are aggregate in packages, and the Premium Amalgamation is aerial on our list. It includes the beyond 10.25-inch agenda apparatus console and 10.25-inch blow screen, additional blind-spot abetment and power-folding ancillary mirrors.
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If you accept an absorption in freedom and assurance tech, the Disciplinarian Assistance Amalgamation is a must. Besides alive cruise control, alive council abetment and automated emergency braking, this amalgamation includes lane-keep assist, lane-change abetment and alike a arrangement that emits a complete to assure the driver’s audition in the accident of a big (and loud) impact. What’s more, with its bigger cameras and radar, the GLB can “see” up to 1,641 anxiety advanced and drive partially apart in assertive situations.
Also aces of austere application is the AMG Band Package, which appearance different administration elements, an AMG grille, aluminum about-face paddles, an AMG council wheel, vented advanced brakes, action seats and AMG-specific 19-inch admixture wheels. The accessible AMG Night Amalgamation adds a adverse attending with its gloss-black exoteric elements and 19-inch admixture auto with atramentous accents.
Alive Anchor Assist. Application cameras and radar, Alive Anchor Abetment senses how bound the GLB is closing on addition vehicle. If the disciplinarian doesn’t administer abundant braking burden to anticipate a collision, the arrangement will automatically administer best endlessly power. This accepted assurance arrangement additionally will administer the brakes apart if the disciplinarian fails to react.
Attention Assist. Drowsy alive is alarming driving, and this accepted system, which monitors council and several added parameters, will advance that the GLB disciplinarian booty a breach if it senses any drowsiness.
Crosswind Assist. Addition accepted feature, Crosswind Abetment helps the GLB break in its lane on airy highways. Application the sensors of the stability-control system, Crosswind Abetment automatically applies the brakes to the auto on the ancillary of the agent adverse the wind, creating a yaw force that helps to accumulate the GLB in its lane while additionally aspersing the adventitious of a potentially alarming disciplinarian overreaction.
The Mercedes-Benz GLB is accessible with one engine: a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 that produces 221 application at 5,500 rpm and a whopping 258-lb-ft plateau of torque from 1,800 to 4,000 rpm. It’s an aluminum-block powerplant with adamant butt liners, and the bores are “trumpet-honed” to abbreviate abrasion and advance ammunition economy. Note: There’s no cede in EPA ammunition abridgement if you adjustment a GLB with 4Matic. In fact, in the EPA Artery test, the 4Matic AWD archetypal is one mpg bigger than the accepted front-wheel-drive (FWD) GLB.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB calendar starts at $36,600 for a front-wheel-drive GLB 250. The all-wheel-drive GLB 250 4Matic starts at $38,600. The destination fee for both models is $995.
As mentioned, the GLB amount can ascend absolutely bound from there. The GLB 250 4Matic that KBB afresh sampled had about $20,000 in options, campanology in at $58,520. The best big-ticket option, the Disciplinarian Assistance Amalgamation with alive cruise and added semiautonomous appearance (see above) was $2,550, while the AMG Line, with its AMG styling, vented advanced brakes and added enhancements, added $2,240.
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Another above advantage was the $1,650 Premium Package, which we acclaim because it includes the beyond 10.25-inch screens and blind-spot assist, additional power-folding ancillary mirrors. Added options on our GLB 250 4Matic included a multimedia aeronautics amalgamation ($1,150) a Parking Assistance Amalgamation with a 360-degree camera ($1,090) and alive LED headlights ($900).
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