Introducing the new Mercedes-Benz GLB
SUVs are very popular choices across the United Kingdom at the moment, what with the sheer number of them we see on the roads everyday. Mercedes-Benz have catered for the market well enough, with the GLA, GLC and GLE proving popular in their respective categories.
However, the German giants recognised that there are few options that sit between an MPV and large SUV. That is where the latest GLB comes into play, a stylish and small SUV that offers comfortable seating for seven people. Translated; the GLB represents the best of both worlds.
Unsurprisingly, the versatility of the GLB is not its only forte, because luxurious touches and the latest driver technology can be found throughout the design. Learn more by reading on.
Design and Practicality
Mercedes-Benz describe the GLB as their most versatile compact SUV ever, which is certainly hard to disagree with. The first thing to note is that it is available with seven seats, something that is rarely found in an SUV this size.
Passengers will be pleased to see that there is ample head and leg room, regardless of the row they are sat on. Among the oceans of plush materials and soft-touch surfaces, Mercedes-Benz have incorporated various cubby spaces and storage compartments, which helps to keep the interior tidy.
Those riding in the back will no doubt enjoy the built-in arm rests, cup holders and C-type sockets. Boot space is suitably large, with 500 litres available. This increases to 1,680 litres with the rear seats folded down.
Technology and Safety
Typical of a modern Mercedes-Benz, the interior design and technology is elegant in its execution. The most noticeable feature is the stunning digital Widescreen Cockpit, which combines the traditional media system with the instrument display for seamless menu navigation that is clean and intuitive to use.
Equipment across the range is generous, with the base-level offering 19" alloy wheels, LED High Performance headlamps and the MBUX multimedia system. Other luxuries include a multi-function sports steering wheel, heated front seats and KEYLESS-GO.
Safety equipment is well-catered for, with features such as Active Brake Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist ensuring the driver has an extra pairs of eyes on the road when they drive. Go up the range and the desirable Driver Assistance Package is included.
Engines and Performance
The GLB is available with a single petrol unit and two diesel engines, all of which provide excellent real-world economy and performance.
The single petrol unit is a 1.3-litre that produces 161bhp and. This particular engine is a strong performer regardless of the driving conditions, with a generous spread of torque making for effortless acceleration. Fuel consumption is up to 39.2mpg for this unit.
For families that do more mileage on an annual basis, one of the two diesel engines are ideal. Available with either 148 or 187bhp, these units still provide plenty of usable power, while returning up to 49.6mpg. The GLB 200 d and GLB 200 d 4MATIC both utilise the same 2.0-litre diesel engine, with 148bhp, but as the name suggests one model features the excellent 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.
For those who want more potent performance, there is the AMG GLB 35 4MATIC with an impressive 302bhp and a zero to 62mph time of 5.2 seconds..
- 19" AMG alloy wheels – 5-twin-spoke design
- AMG bodystyling
- Brake calipers with ‘Mercedes-Benz’ logo on front
- EASY-PACK tailgate
- LED High Performance headlamps
- Privacy glass
- 180° reversing camera
- ATTENTION ASSIST
- Active Brake Assist
- Active Lane Keeping Assist
- Speed Limit Assist
- Heated front seats
- THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control
AMG Line Premium
Key features in addition/replacement to AMG Line:
- Mirror package
- Pre-installation for trailer coupling
- KEYLESS-GO Comfort package
- Ambient lighting including 64 colours
- Door sill panels with illuminated ‘Mercedes-Benz’ lettering
- Parking package – includes reversing camera 180° view with
- Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC, front and rear parking sensors
- MBUX augmented reality for navigation
- 10.25" digital instrument digital and touchscreen media display
- Mercedes-Benz advanced sound system (225W)
- Smartphone integration including Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
- Wireless charging
AMG Line Premium Plus
Key features in addition/replacement to AMG Line Premium:
- MULTIBEAM LED headlamps with Adaptive Highbeam Assist
- Panoramic sunroof
- Electrically adjustable front memory seats including lumbar support
- Driving Assistance package
- Active Blind Spot Assist
- Active Braking Assist with congestion emergency braking function and cross-traffic function
- Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC
- Active Steering Assist
- Evasive Steering Assist
- PRE-SAFE PLUS
- Traffic Sign Assist
Test drive the Mercedes-Benz GLB
The GLB represents an excellent addition to the catalogue of vehicles Mercedes-Benz have engineered.
The contemporary design and latest technologies are typical of the German manufacturer, while the versatile interior and excellent choice of engines ensure the GLB fulfils its remit as a desirable family car.
Book a test drive at your nearest Stratstone Mercedes-Benz retailer to experience the full potential of the GLB.