Mercedes-benz Mercedes-benz Glb Estate GLB 200 AMG Line Premium 5dr 7G-Tronic

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DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport and Individual)
Cruise control with limiter
MBUX augmented reality for navigation
Radio aerial integrated into front and rear windshields
Easy-pack tailgate
Attention assist - Monitors steering behaviour and long journey fatigue
Active lane keeping assist
Trip computer in multifunction display with current consumption indicator
Owners manual and service booklet in English
Hey Mercedes Voice activation
Mercedes me remote services
Car wash mode
Pre-installation for trailer coupling
Parameter steering system
Pre-installation of private car share
Pre-installation for Vehicle set up
Pre-installation for Vehicle Monitoring
10.25" Digital media screen display
Service indicator (Active Service System)
Outside temperature gauge
Brake pad wear indicator warning light
Fluid level warning indicator for fuel, oil, coolant and washer fluid
BUX multimedia system with DAB digital radio and touchpad including satellite navigation
ECO start/stop function
Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance
Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
Wireless charging
Lamp failure indicator
10.25" Digital instrument cluster display screen
Speed limit assist
Rear axle multi-link
Sporty engine sound system
52 litre fuel tank
Comfort suspension
Pre installation for Mercedes Benz Link
Hard disk navigation
DAB digital radio tuner
Mercedes Benz sound system (225 W) with 10 speakers, 1 central speaker, speakers on doors, a tweeter on door,one sub woofer + boost amplifier
Mercedes Benz advanced sound system (225 W) with 10 speakers, 1 central speaker, speakers on doors, a tweeter on door,one sub woofer + boost amplifier
USB (type C) ports (2) in stowage compartment
USB (type C) port in front stowage compartment
Privacy glass with dark tinting on rear side windows and rear window
Beltline strips and weather strip in chrome
Aerial for GPS
Body coloured door mirror caps
High level LED third brake light
AMG bodystyling door panels black grained with chrome plated inserts
Radiator grille with pins in chrome and single louvre with chrome insert
Two visible tailpipe trim elements exhaust
Exhaust system with dual flow exhaust pipes (non-functional)
Body coloured door handles with chrome insert for keyless entry
AMG specific front and rear bumper including underride guard in high gloss chrome
AMG bodystyling rear apron with diffuser optics and chrome trim element
AMG bodystyling front apron with chrome splitter
Rain sensor windscreen wipers
Rear fog lamp
Polished aluminium roof rails
Adaptive brake lights
Front and rear electric windows
Electric adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED side indicators
LED high performance headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights
Headlamp assist automatic headlamp activation
LED tail lamp
Body coloured door handles
Heated glass rear windscreen + timer control
Freight packaging with tie-down hooks
Two outer rear seat isofix and top tether child seat fixing points
AMG sports pedals with brushed stainless steel surfaces and black rubber studs
Black floor mats with AMG lettering
Twin front cup holders
Touchpad on center console
Spectacles compartment for driver
Front door sills with illuminated Mercedes lettering
Sports seats with adjustable head restraints
Floor mats with stitched AMG lettering
Luggage net on driver/front passenger seat backrest
Galvanished gear shift paddles on steering wheel
Freight packaging without tie-down hooks
Air conditioning - Two zone thermotronic luxury automatic climate control with display
Stowage compartment with retractable cover
Third row of seats for two people on rear seat
Fore/aft adjustment rear seats
Rear armrest with two integral cup holders for drinks
Third row of seats with isofix and top tether child seat fixing points
Front door sills with illuminated changeable cover
Interior mirror with black reading lamps and frameless
Front passenger grab handle with brushed side silver chrome
Stowage compartment in centre console
3 spoke multifunction sport steering wheel in nappa leather
Net in front passenger footwell
Black roof lining
Height/reach adjustable steering column
Heated front seats
Front centre armrest with stowage
Automatic child seat recognition sensor
Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
Artico man-made leather/Microfibre Dinamica upholstery with red contrast stitching
Seat comfort pack - GLB
Mirror pack - GLB
Keyless Go comfort pack - GLB
Interior lighting with light and sight pack - GLB
Parking pack - GLB
Seat comfort package - GLB
Driver and front passenger head and sidebags
Driver and front passenger windowbags
Active bonnet pedestrain safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet by 65mm
Dual stage driver and front passenger airbags
Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
Front passenger seat occupancy sensor
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Tyre pressure monitoring system
3 rear 3 point seatbelts
Electronic parking brake
Front brake callipers with Mercedes Benz lettering
Front and rear seatbelt reminder
Electronic stability programme with acceleration skid control
Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
Airbags - kneebag for driver
Curve dynamic assist
Active brake assist includes forward collision warning system with autonomous braking
ESP curve dynamic assist
Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assist
Crash responsive emergency lighting
Thatcham category 1 alarm system with immobiliser and interior protection
Alarm system with immobiliser and interior protection -Thatcham category 1
Urban guard vehicle protection - Anti theft alarm system, tow away protection with visual and acoustic warning and alarm siren
Vehicle key with decorative surround in chrome
Remote central locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
Carbon structure trim
Black air vents with chrome surround
Air vent outer ring in chrome and turbines in high gloss black
Tirefit tyre sealant kit
19" AMG 5 twin spoke light alloy wheels painted in tantalite grey with high sheen finish
19" AMG 5 twin spoke alloy wheels painted tremolite grey with high sheen finish
Summer tyres
CO2 163
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1332
Compression Ratio 2020
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 530
Gears 7
Transmission Automatic
Combined 39.20
Urban 38.70
Extra Urban 56.50
Badge Engine CC 1332
Badge Power 163.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 8.81
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 9.10
Engine BHP 163.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 1555
Engine Torque 250.00
Top Speed 129
Front Tyres 235/50 R19
Rear Tyres 235/50 R19
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 1659
Length 4634
Wheel Base 2829
Width 1834
Fuel Tank Size 52.00
Weight 2085
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 1555
Towing Weight Unbraked 750
Number Of Seats 7

Ten Second Review

The Mercedes GLB delivers to the market the first properly practical mid-sized SUV from the Three-Pointed Star. There's enough room for seven seats, enough capability for light off road excursions and enough of a premium feel to make other class rivals feel rather low rent. In short, it's a potentially appealing package.

Background

So, yet another Mercedes SUV - this is actually the eighth. But this one has a little more substance than its compact stablemates. The GLA suits only quite small families and the GLC is too expensive for larger ones - and can't be ordered with the third seating row that many of them need. In the same way that at the top of the Stuttgart brand's SUV range, the G-Class offered a practical alternative to a GLE, such is the role of a GLB against a GLA or a GLC. Still with me? If you are, then you'll be interested in the way that Mercedes wants to use this car to address a growing niche on the mid-sized family SUV class, that for seven seats. The VW Group currently does quite well here with ones like the Skoda Kodiaq, the SEAT Tarraco and the VW Tiguan Allspace. The Koreans provide the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Sorento, plus there are 7-seat versions of the Nissan X-Trail and the Honda CR-V. There have to be buyers in that sub-sector who'd like a premium badge. The GLB, mostly offered in 7-seat form, caters directly to them.

Driving Experience

The GLB offers the same engine and powertrain combinations that you'll find in other compact Mercedes models. This means that the starting point to the range is provided by the same Renault-derived 1.3 litre petrol turbo engine you'll find in an A-Class. In the GLB 200, it puts out 163hp and drives the front wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox. If you want the option of 4MATIC 4WD, you'll need to move to a diesel, the 150hp GLB 200d. In the next model up, the GLB 220d with 190hp, you have to have the 4MATIC system, a variant that can be specified with an optional off-road engineering package. This gives you hill start and descent assistance, LED Multibeam headlights and an extra off-road driving mode which includes a special infotainment display showing gradient, technical settings and your various incline angles. At the top of the range sits the Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 performance model, which gets the 306hp 2.0-litre turbo petrol unit from the A 35 hot hatch. Power comes through an 8-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox with a race start function. Plus there's an AMG Dynamic Select driving modes system that as well as the three modes featured in other GLBs ('Comfort', 'Sport' and 'Individual') also features two further ones ('Slippery' and 'Sport+').

Design and Build

The look of the GLB draws inspiration from Mercedes' grand 'G-Class' 'Gelandewagen' - which you need to know because otherwise, you might wonder why it's quite so squarical and van-like. Even Designer Robert Lesnik describes it as 'a box with rounded edges'. The dimensions are a little confusing too, this car actually being almost the same size as the GLC model it supposedly sits beneath in the Mercedes SUV line-up; this GLB's 4.63m length sees it measuring in only 21mm shorter than a GLC - and it's actually 18mm taller than that car. Inside buyers get much the same 'widescreen cockpit' instrument layout as you'll find on all the company's modern compact models. And as usual, it's controlled by the brand's MBUX voice-activated interface. All this hardware integrates into a rather unusually shaped dashboard, this one with an aluminium-look 'tubular' lower element. In the second row, the boxy shape contributes towards quite a spacious feel. And if you're going for a GLB with 7 seats, you'll get an easy-entry feature to reach them. As for the boot space, well there's 560-litres of it in the 5-seat model, which to give you some perspective is 140-litres more than you'd get in an Audi Q5. And you can expand that by flattening the 40:20:40-split backrest to free up 1,755-litres. In 7-seat GLBs, the third row pews fold flat into the floor when not in use.

Market and Model

Pricing starts at around £34,000 and there are four trim levels - 'Sport', 'AMG Line', 'AMG Line Premium' and 'AMG Line Premium Plus', with prices in the mainstream range rising up to around £46,000. Generally, you have to have seven seats, though Mercedes does offer a single five-seat GLB 220d 4MATIC model with mid-range 'AMG Line Premium' trim and a price tag of around £42,000. Think in terms of over £50,000 for the top high performance Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4MATIC variant. All mainstream models are well equipped. Even entry-level 'Sport' variants come as standard with 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, the 'Dynamic Select' driving mode system and LED headlights and tail lights. Plus across the range you get a 180-degree reversing camera, aluminium roof rails, two-zone Thermotronic climate control, heated front seats and Artico man-made leather upholstery. Infotainment includes a DAB tuner, a six-speaker/100 watt sound system, a seven-inch digital cockpit display and seven-inch touchscreen media display, the MBUX multimedia system and 'Hey Mercedes' voice activation. Plus you get Mercedes me connect (which includes emergency call system (eCall), accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance management). 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.

Cost of Ownership

The engines used here deliver decent returns in other Mercedes compact models, so we'd expected the same from the GLB - which is broadly how it turns out. The base petrol GLB 200 manages a 47.1mpg WLTP-rated combined cycle reading, plus a 138g/km NEDC-rated CO2 emissions reading. For the GLB 200d diesel, the figures are up to 56.5mpg and 133g/km in 2WD form, or up to 51.4mpg and 145g/km as a 4MATIC. The GLB 220d 4MATIC diesel manages 51.4mpg and 146g/km of CO2. As you'd expect, the Mercedes after-care package is comprehensive, with a three-year unlimited mileage warranty that's matches BMW. This is built upon by Mercedes' Mobilo scheme which delivers breakdown cover for up to thirty years, as long as you continue to have your car serviced at a Mercedes main dealer. Ah yes, maintenance. As usual with one of the Stuttgart brand's models, there's an ASSYST PLUS dashboard service indicator that monitors engine use and tells you exactly when a garage visit is due. Fixed price servicing is available across the range and most buyers opt for the Mercedes ServiceCare plan that could cost you as little as about £28 a month based either on a two-service/two year deal, three years with three services or four years with four services.

Summary

At first glance, you might think the GLB an unnecessary further addition to the Mercedes SUV line-up. After looking closely at what it has to offer, we've ended up concluding that going forward, it's likely to be a vital part of it. The brand has never before offered a car in this class that's really practical for a growing family, yet remains reasonably affordable. This is it. Are there issues? Well probably, you could pay slightly less and get a slightly bigger seven-seat SUV in this class from a volume brand but after trying a GLB, we think you may not want to. It has a premium, desirable feel that cars like SEAT's Tarraco, Skoda's Kodiaq, Hyundai's Santa Fe and even Volkswagen's Tiguan Allspace struggle to match. And the interior technology of those cars seems rather yesteryear compared to the cabin media tech on offer here. You probably won't have started off wanting a GLB in this class. But take a look at one and, if you're prepared to pay a slight premium, you could find it a difficult package to overlook.