2019 Mercedes-Benz GLB: everything you need to know
UK orders for the all-new Mercedes GLB will be taken from mid July, with the first customers receiving their cars towards the end of the year.
Slotting in between the compact GLA and the GLC SUV, the GLB gets styling that breaks away from Mercedes SUVs that have gone before it and is aiming to take on the new Range Rover Evoque and Volvo XC40. Has this been the missing link in the Mercedes line-up?
At 4,634mm long and 1,890mm wide, it’s not the most compact of vehicles, considering that’s what it claims to be. Its squared off shape has a touch of the G-Class about it, although overall you should consider it a mini-GLS rather than a mini-G-Class: in all other regards the details are much more modern and fits the bill with an Evoque alternative.
Mercedes is making some of the classiest interiors around at the minute, and the GLB is no exception. The dashboard is dominated by the MBUX infotainment system, which can be specified with two screens. Expect the usual exceptional levels of quality too, with neat turbine-style air vents and aluminium trim.
Aside from the tech and usual Mercedes quality though, the most impressive thing about the GLB is its practicality. Despite its relatively compact dimensions, it’ll be available as a seven seater as well as a five. And thanks to that boxy look, it’s fair to say headroom won’t be an issue, particularly compared to something like an Evoque.
In the seven-seat version, four of them (two in the middle row and two in the rear row) will feature Isofix points for child seats. There’ll even me USB-C charging points in the rear-most row, too.
Meanwhile, five-seat versions get a generous 560-litre boot as standard – that’s almost 100 litres larger than a Range Rover Evoque. Adding further to its practical nature, the middle seats split in a 40:20:40 fashion, making it even more versatile.
Engine-wise, two petrols and three diesels have been confirmed. Petrol options are limited to the 200 and 250, which produce 163hp and 224hp respectively. The diesel options include the 150hp 200d – which is also available with Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel drive – and the larger 220d which makes 190hp. The latter comes with 4MATIC as standard.
All but the entry-level 200 petrol model feature an eight-speed automatic gearbox; the 200 gets an seven-speed instead. GLBs fitted with the 4MATIC system feature an off-road driving setting which changes the vehicle’s dynamics and adds a low-speed cruise control and hill-descent mode.
UK list prices are to be confirmed, but expect the GLB to cost from around £30,000. It’s set to be produced in Mexico and Beijing, with the first European models set to arrive in the UK towards the end of 2019.