2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250

2020 GLB 250 Photos
It might be easy to dismiss the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB as yet another box-checking effort by Mercedes, but as the SUV and crossover segments get carved into thinner and thinner slices, it’s offerings like the GLB that remind us why customers want high-riding hatchbacks in the first place. Not only does it provide the fancier interior, superior performance and advanced technology expected of a luxury badge, it's also surprisingly spacious and well-equipped for the money. There’s even an available third row, which is an outlier for this niche of the luxury market even if its usefulness is questionable. The GLB shares most of its mechanical underpinnings with the next-generation GLA (itself related to the A- and CLA classes), but differentiates itself with a boxy, practical shape that still manages to look sleek and upmarket. Its front-wheel-drive architecture may not gird any enthusiasts’ loins, but Mercedes-Benz throws the driving-matters crowd a few bones with available AMG-inspired brakes and dress-up bits, plus an adaptive suspension that can tighten up when you want some driving fun without sacrificing ride quality the rest of the time. For everyone else, the GLB is responsive, refined and comfortable enough to warrant its Mercedes badge and represent a clear advantage over non-luxury offerings. Altogether, its combination of practicality and versatility makes the GLB a top choice in the growing subcompact luxury segment, eclipsing the likes of the BMW X1 and X2, Audi Q3, Cadillac XT4 and Lexus NX. What's new for 2020? The GLB is a fresh entry for this model year. It debuted late in 2019 and went on sale shortly thereafter. What's the interior and in-car technology like? Mercedes-Benz put quite a bit of thought into the GLB’s interior packaging. It offers lots of clever storage in both the passenger cabin and cargo area, making it more practical than most luxury offerings in this segment (and indeed many others). The GLB’s driving position is excellent, and its front- and second-row seats are comfortable and supportive with plenty of adjustment. The GLB is on the inexpensive side for a Mercedes-Benz, but the quality of materials and available options are on par or better for expectations at this price point. The fancier options will drive up the price, of course, but even the fundamental components are high-quality and precise. The GLB is offered with the latest iteration of Mercedes-Benz’ MBUX infotainment suite, which is controlled by a central touchscreen (7 inch standard, 10.25 inch available) that's also controlled by touchpad on the center console, steering wheel controls and natural-language commands. We like this choice of inputs and the displays themselves are very pretty, but there's a lot going on and the system can be overwhelming or confusing to use, especially early on. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration are both standard, as are five USB Type-C ports. Other noteworthy standard features that are typically optional are driver memory settings and a power liftgate. How big is the GLB? The GLB's wheelbase is closer to that of many …
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It might be easy to dismiss the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB as yet another box-checking effort by Mercedes, but as the SUV and crossover segments get carved into thinner and thinner slices, it’s offerings like the GLB that remind us why customers want high-riding hatchbacks in the first place. Not only does it provide the fancier interior, superior performance and advanced technology expected of a luxury badge, it's also surprisingly spacious and well-equipped for the money. There’s even an available third row, which is an outlier for this niche of the luxury market even if its usefulness is questionable. The GLB shares most of its mechanical underpinnings with the next-generation GLA (itself related to the A- and CLA classes), but differentiates itself with a boxy, practical shape that still manages to look sleek and upmarket. Its front-wheel-drive architecture may not gird any enthusiasts’ loins, but Mercedes-Benz throws the driving-matters crowd a few bones with available AMG-inspired brakes and dress-up bits, plus an adaptive suspension that can tighten up when you want some driving fun without sacrificing ride quality the rest of the time. For everyone else, the GLB is responsive, refined and comfortable enough to warrant its Mercedes badge and represent a clear advantage over non-luxury offerings. Altogether, its combination of practicality and versatility makes the GLB a top choice in the growing subcompact luxury segment, eclipsing the likes of the BMW X1 and X2, Audi Q3, Cadillac XT4 and Lexus NX. What's new for 2020? The GLB is a fresh entry for this model year. It debuted late in 2019 and went on sale shortly thereafter. What's the interior and in-car technology like? Mercedes-Benz put quite a bit of thought into the GLB’s interior packaging. It offers lots of clever storage in both the passenger cabin and cargo area, making it more practical than most luxury offerings in this segment (and indeed many others). The GLB’s driving position is excellent, and its front- and second-row seats are comfortable and supportive with plenty of adjustment. The GLB is on the inexpensive side for a Mercedes-Benz, but the quality of materials and available options are on par or better for expectations at this price point. The fancier options will drive up the price, of course, but even the fundamental components are high-quality and precise. The GLB is offered with the latest iteration of Mercedes-Benz’ MBUX infotainment suite, which is controlled by a central touchscreen (7 inch standard, 10.25 inch available) that's also controlled by touchpad on the center console, steering wheel controls and natural-language commands. We like this choice of inputs and the displays themselves are very pretty, but there's a lot going on and the system can be overwhelming or confusing to use, especially early on. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration are both standard, as are five USB Type-C ports. Other noteworthy standard features that are typically optional are driver memory settings and a power liftgate. How big is the GLB? The GLB's wheelbase is closer to that of many …
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Retail Price

$36,600 - $38,600 MSRP / Window Sticker Price
Engine 2.0L I-4
MPG Up to 23 city / 31 highway
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission 8-spd auto-shift man w/OD
Power 221 @ 5500 rpm
Drivetrain 4MATIC all wheel, front-wheel
Curb Weight 3,638 - 3,759 lbs
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