First Drive: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Delivers Practical Luxury
All-new compact SUV even offers an optional third-row seat
The Mercedes-Benz GLB is boxier and more rugged-looking than the mechanically similar GLA. These attributes may help it appeal to buyers looking for a practical compact luxury SUV while still delivering the brand cache that comes with a Mercedes.
The GLB is an all-new model, and sizewise it slots above the GLA and below the GLC SUVs, while utilizing the same front-wheel-drive-based platform that anchors Mercedes’ A-Class and CLA small sedans. Despite the GLB’s compact dimensions (182 inches long overall, similar to a Honda CR-V—a nonluxury compact SUV that easily costs $10,000 less than the Mercedes), it is offered in both five- and seven-passenger configurations, the latter by way of an optional third-row seat.
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What we bought: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4Matic
Powertrain: 221-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine; eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
Options: $7,840, including Premium package (10.25-inch instrument cluster, 10.25-inch infotainment screen), panoramic sunroof, Parking Assistance package (surround-view camera), Galaxy Blue metallic paint, blind spot warning, heated front seats, heated steering wheel
Destination fee: $995
Total cost: $47,435