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Assessing Mercedes GLB 2020, which has no rival thanks to 7-seat design

Mercedes' latest small-sized SUV has absolutely no rival in the segment, assessed CarBuzz.
Stronger design than GLA, spacious interior space, competitive price, the GLB shall be the new choice for customers who want luxury but don't want to spend too much money.

Small-sized but not small at all

Despite sharing the same FWD MFA2 platform with the A-Class, the GLB 2020 is only 1 inch shorter than the GLC in total length and 1.7 inches shorter on the wheelbase.

Compared to the GLA, the GLB is 5 inches longer on the wheelbase and 8 inches in total length. It is easy to see more spacious third-row seats for 7-seat cars with boxy design to increase cabin area.

It means that GLB is suitable for young families or single people. The third row of seats is only suitable for small people, but it is still a 3 seat row car with 7 seats, without any competitors in a very new segment, which can be called a medium-sized luxury 7-seater SUV at reasonable prices.

Of course, if the owner doesn't like it, he can fold the third row to increase the luggage compartment area. This design is more practical than the 5-seat competitor, even more practical than the GLC and G-Class.

Initially, Mercedes intended to copy the design of G-Wagon with the intention to turn GLB 2020 into a miniature G-Wagon, but then the manufacturer realized it was difficult to mount the design on the FWD platform.

GLB 2020 features many characteristics of the G-Class with grille as well as cool and square headlights compared to GLA and GLC. GLB is a balance between the romance, the strong design and the world's leading utilities.

GLB’s interior is luxurious, using the same design language as the A-Class. However, some details are simplified such as clock clusters, main screens and ventilation slots.

Towards young customers

The A-Class is aimed at young customers who are passionate about technology. GLB 2020 also goes in this way. The car uses the latest MBUX infotainment software (Mercedes Benz User Experience) of the A-Class with two 7-inch screens for infotainment system and digital clock cluster.

Customers can choose 10.25 inch screen duo, of course, they have to spend more money. MBUX supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and has Mercedes' new intelligent voice assistant.
Controlling all of these features is quite easy thanks to the steering wheel with two separate touchpads for the two screens, the latest touchpad version added to the center.

New GLB standard equipment include proactive braking, Crosswind Assist body stabilizer, rear camera, USB-C port etc.

Optional equipment also include LED headlights and fog lights, driver assistance package with automatic cruise control and parking assistance, Off-Road Engineering Package package with downhill control, cross-slope departure assistance.

The similar panoramic sunroof and adaptive suspension system on the A-Class are also optional equipment of the GLB 2020.

Strong off-road

The Off-Road Engineering Package is equipped with a powerful off-road capability for GLB 2020 with 4Matic all-wheel drive technology. In normal mode, the system will transmit 80% of the traction for the front wheelbase.

When switching to sport mode, the front and rear axle force distribution is 70:30. Off-road mode allocates a uniform force of 50:50.

At the time of the launch, GLB 2020 will only have an aligned 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, producing 221 horsepowers and 350 Nm of torque. Power transmitted to the wheelbase through 8-speed automatic dual-clutch gearbox. The car accelerates from 0-96 km/h in 6.9 seconds.

GLB 2020 will have additional other engine versions. Specifically, AMG GLB 45 will be equipped with M139 engine for a capacity of 419 horsepowers and 500 Nm of torque (S version) or 382 horsepowers (lower version).

Competitive prices

Mercedes has not announced the GLB 2020 price, but it is likely that the prices of GLB 250 and GLB 250 4Matic will be between GLA (35,000 USD) and GLC (40,000 USD). CarBuzz predicted GLB 2020 will start from 37,000 USD for the 5-seater, FWD drive version. 4Matic Version will add 2,000 USD, like the calculation of the A-Class.

GLB will compete with BMW X1, Jaguar E-Pace, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque and Audi Q3. Thanks to the advantage of the third row, the GLB will be different, even it can compete with larger rivals such as the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 (which have only 5 seats).