If there's one thing that the world isn’t short on right now its SUVs. Especially Mercedes, as with the GLA, GLC, GLE, GLS, and G-Wagon occupying the range, you think you’d be spoiled for choice. Apparently, Mercedes didn’t think so and decided to introduce a brand new model to the lineup called the Mercedes Benz GLB, and you know what? We’re glad they did.
Designed to be a rival to the BMW X1 and Audi Q3, the 2020 Mercedes Benz GLB is based on the German manufacturer's compact car platform, a platform that already underpins the likes of the A-Class, B-Class, and the CLA. Mercedes describe the GLB as “the most versatile compact SUV ever” and after spending some time in one. You may not find it to be overzealous marketing bluff after all.
While the rest of the models in Mercedes lineup scream at you with their aggressive and imposing design language, the 2020 GLB in comparison could pretty much fly under the radar if it wasn’t for the three-pointed star at the front.
Its definitely a good looking compact crossover and if you opt for the AMG styling pack, which undoubtedly most people will, you get a blinged-out AMG grille, more aggressive front, and rear bumpers and various other assortments of aggressive yet tasteful upgrades.
If you're looking to gain back some of that slightly obnoxious Mercedes flair, you can opt for the GLB 35 AMG model. With it, you get the famous AMG Panamericana grille, larger AMG wheels, and a sportier exhaust setup at the rear.
The interior like on all modern Mercedes-Benz is top-notch. All the materials feel nice and high quality, the turbine air vents are still just about the coolest air vents on the market and the Mercedes MBUX infotainment system still manages to outclass just about anything its rivals can bring to the party.
Though as standard you do only get the twin 7-inch screen setup, it's well worth upgrading to the bigger 10 inch widescreen displays (only available with the Premium or Premium Plus packages), although at least they throw in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. In addition to that, you also get LED headlights, power tailgate, heated front seats, and keyless go.
Though if you bring your piggy bank you can spec out electric seats, a higher-end stereo, wireless charging, panoramic sunroof, and a plethora of other high tech goodies. Prices start from £34,000, however, you can easily get into the £50,000 range if you're not careful with the options list.
While the Mercedes GLB exterior dimensions may not show it, this compact SUV is actually a seven-seater. The third row features seating for two small children, and they even come with ISOFIX points. However, once the third row is erect, there's basically no boot space left at all.
Engines & Performance
The base engine in a GLB 200 is a 1.3 liter 4-cylinder with around 163bhp. If possible try and avoid this setup as once you load up with cargo and a fair few passengers, the 0-62mph times start venturing into the double digits.
A much better option would be the Mercedes GLB 220d. Under the bonnet here is a 2.0 litre diesel engine with around 187bhp. That’s enough to send it to 62mph in just under 8 seconds and with a top speed of 135mph. All engines get paired with either a seven or eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
If your feeling particularly brave, the GLB 35 AMG features the classic AMG 2.0 litre turbocharged engine with 306bhp. That’s more than enough grunt to get you to 62mph in just over 5 seconds and a 155mph top speed.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB slots in between the smaller Mercedes GLA and the more expensive GLC SUV. The GLB was designed to be an affordable posh everyday kid hauler. While It may not be the cheapest or the best all-rounder in its class. It does still have a Mercedes badge and for some, that’s reason enough.
If the 2020 Mercedes Benz GLB has made you shortlist, then maybe consider giving us a call. Here at Pantheon Leasing, we’re a family run leasing company with none of the overheads of a larger firm and customer satisfaction as our top priority. So if you are looking for the best leasing deal possible on the 2020 Mercedes Benz GLB, with no bogus extra charges or hidden admin fees, get in touch with us now.