There is no such thing as having too many SUVs for certain automakers, including Mercedes-Benz, which expanded its lineup with the GLB last year.
Based on the same platform as the A-Class, B-Class, CLA and GLA, it slots between the latter and the premium compact GLC and offers seating for up to seven.
The third row is suitable for people up to 5ft6in (1.68m) tall, according to the automaker, so it’s better suitable for kids. There is, however, sufficient room on the second row for three adult occupants, who can enjoy more legroom thanks to the sliding bench. A nice, and quite useful, touch is the fact that the GLB is equipped with USB ports, cup holders and air vents at the back.
Meanwhile, those sitting at the front will have lots of things to play with, starting with the huge dual-screen setup that dominates the dashboard panel and ending with the voice control that can be used to set a destination point, change the color of the ambient lights and adjust the climate control’s temperature.
There is no fancy air suspension, but the ride quality is good, as the GLB does a decent job at absorbing most bumps. The steering is light and the visibility is good, but the automatic transmission can, at times, be a bit hesitant.
In the UK, where this GLB was tested, it can be ordered from £35,105 ($46,859) in the GLB 200 trim level, with 7 seats and the 161 HP (163 PS / 120 kW) 1.3-liter petrol engine mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. The GLB 220d 4Matic, which was the model reviewed, starts at £43,855 ($58,539) and is powered by a 2.0-liter diesel with 188 HP (190 PS / 140 kW). The engine family also includes a 148 HP (150 PS / 110 kW) 2.0-liter diesel and a 302 HP (306 HP / 225 kW) 2.0-liter petrol in the AMG GLB 35, which can be had from £51,210 ($68,357).
Meanwhile, in the United States the GLB is offered in the 250 version, with a 2.0-liter inline-four making 221 HP (224 PS / 165 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque, with standard front- or optional all-wheel drive, and with a starting price of $36,600.