Mercedes-Benz GLB 2019: What you need to know
Mercedes has revealed prices for the new seven seater GLB will start from £34,200 for the GLB 200 Sport, rising to £45,950 for the GLB 220 d 4MATIC AMG Line Premium Plus.
A flagship Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 will also be offered, powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine producing 306hp – enough to get it from 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds.
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.
The GLB is available with seven seats as standard across the range, with the exception of the GLB 220 d 4MATIC AMG Line Premium which can be specified with five seats.
The GLB 200 is powered by a 163hp, four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 250 Nm of torque. This allows 0 to 62 mph in 9.1 seconds, a 129 mph top speed, with fuel economy from 47.1 mpg (combined) and emissions from 138 g/km CO2. A 7G-DCT gearbox comes as standard.
The GLB 200 d – available with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive – features a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine which generates 150hp and 320 Nm. It can travel from 0 to 62 mph in 9.0 seconds and has a top speed of 127 mph. It can deliver up to 56.5 mpg combined and emits 133 g/km.
The GLB 220 d 4MATIC is powered by a 190hp, four-cylinder diesel engine producing up to 400 Nm for 0-62 mph in 7.6 seconds, and a 135 mph top speed. Fuel economy figures and emissions figures for this engine are 51.4 mpg (combined) and 146 g/km CO2. The GLB 200 d and 220 d are both mated to an 8G-DCT transmission.
The AMG GLB 35 (in red) gets the same 306hp turbocharged four-cylinder as the AMG A35. Producing 400Nm, it gives this crossover a 0-62mph time of 5.2 seconds. It features the AMG-specific drive program, featuring Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual modes.
The driving modes are linked to the AMG DYNAMICS agility control, which means that the handling characteristics can be even more closely matched with different requirements and driving conditions.
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.
As standard the GLB will feature a seven-inch digital cockpit display and seven-inch touchscreen media display, the MBUX multimedia system and ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice activation. 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, four driving modes, comfort suspension, LED headlights and tail lights, 180° reversing camera, aluminium roof rails and heated front seats also feature.
Standard safety and assistance equipment includes Active Brake Assist, Active bonnet, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Attention Assist, Speed Limit Assist, and Keyless-Go locking and unlocking.
Premium models come as standard with 64-colour ambient lighting, a Parking package which includes reversing camera and parking sensors, Augmented Reality Navigation, a 10.25-inch infotainment display and 10.25-inch digital cockpit display as well as smartphone integration and wireless charging.
First deliveries of the GLB are expected in December, with lease deals arriving imminently.