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The GLB features sharp window lines, a squared-off front facia, steep body lines, a boxy look, and oval-esque rear LED lights, making the GLB look like a miniature version of the iconic G-Class. The square nature of the GLB makes entry/exit very easy with wide door openings and a fantastic seating position inside, which gives you an unobstructed wide-open view of the road.
The GLB is one of my favorite SUVs from Mercedes-Benz, as it’s affordable yet stylish and easily differentiates itself from others in the segment with its unique boxy look and a lot of useable interior space.
Having driven the GLB at length, I can say it has enough power to make most drivers happy and then some. However, it would be interesting to see the beefed-up AMG model come to the USA. The only powertrain available on the GLB in the USA is a two-liter, the four-cylinder turbocharged engine making 221hp @ 5,500 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,800 rpm which does provide substantial off-the-line acceleration and gets the GLB from 0-60 in a reasonable 6.9 seconds.
Under the hood, the GLB has a trick up its sleeve, and that’s it's incredible 8-speed dual-clutch transmission, which puts the power to the wheels effortlessly, shifts incredible quick and makes manual shifting in a crossover fun. This fantastic transmission makes driving the GLB more enjoyable and increases its appeal.
When it comes to handling, the suspension and steering feel prioritizes comfort, which is fine as this is a crossover for families. But if you’re looking for an SUV to run around a canyon road, this probably isn't the one (get a GLA AMG for that).
Seating For Seven
While the GLB is a compact SUV, it still offers an optional seating package for seven people, which is something competitors don’t provide. Plus, the seats can be folded flush with the load compartment floor to extend the load compartment. It’s nice to have in a pinch or for small children, but it’s not suited for a long-haul with adults.
Next Generation Mercedes-Benz Interior & Technology
The GLB benefits from Mercedes-Benz's next generation of interior design and intuitive multi-media system, which incorporates a large touch screen and touchpad. In addition to being very easy to use, the system boasts an incredibly clear display and the perfect combination of physical buttons for often-used functions like volume control.
The new Mercedes-Benz navigation system uses augmented reality to ensure you’re heading in the right direction. It uses the front camera along with its mapping system to show you on the screen which lane to be in and when to turn, which makes city driving much more relaxed and less confusing. It’s the most effective navigation system out there.
GLB has a high-quality interior that takes after the famous G-Class. The dashboard is boxy and the front dashboard flat with three air vents front and center, setting up a defined boxy interior look. They even incorporated a grab handle for the passengers for when the off-roading gets serious.
The newly introduced GLB should be a big hit for consumers in the USA, which are hungry for small SUVs and crossovers. Even though it’s not crazy expensive, it still manages to boast a high-quality interior, the latest technology, and unique styling. Other models to consider in this segment would be the BMW X1 and Jaguar E-Pace. Although, I feel the GLB does a better job overall at playing the small SUV then the competition.