2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250

2021 GLB 250 Photos
Most subcompact luxury SUVs come across as a bit cynical; built to a price on less sophisticated bones than its pricier, more refined siblings. It sure seems like people buy them cause they can't make the payment on one of those pricier, more refined siblings they really want. With the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class, however, there is enough that's distinctive, versatile and stylish in its execution that it manages to exceed expectations for the segment and stand more assuredly on its own feet. Segment leader? The Volvo XC40 might give it a run for its money, but it's also different enough, that an argument of 1a and 1b can easily be made. A big reason for the GLB's transcendent appeal is its extra-large size for the segment and extra-boxy shape. Add in the versatility of a sliding back seat, and you have a subcompact SUV with a midsize SUV's interior space. We were stunned by how much its cargo area could swallow. However, besides the cabin's packaging, its striking design stands out in a segment that often comes across as a bit cheap. The bold rotary air vents and pretty dual-screen infotainment system carry a lot of the weight, but materials quality is better than average for the segment, too. And although the GLB is indeed built to a price on less sophisticated bones than its pricier, more refined GLC sibling, we think it's a dropoff that's more than fair for the price. In fact, we can easily see someone happily choosing a GLB over a GLC just because they like it better, with saving money as a bonus. We can't say the same thing about a BMW X1, Audi Q3 or even the Mercedes GLA 250. What's new for 2021? The GLB gets the AMG 35 treatment for 2021, gaining the same 302-horsepower engine and myriad performance upgrades as its AMG GLA 35 sibling (plus the A 35 and CLA 35). It also gets sportier design flourishes, most notably seen in AMG's Panamericana grille. The regular GLB 250 now comes standard with blind-spot warning and a 115-volt power outlet. What's the Mercedes GLB 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. Every GLB includes the latest iteration of Mercedes-Benz’ MBUX infotainment suite, which is controlled by your choice of a central touchscreen (7 inch standard, 10.25 inch available), center console touchpad, steering wheel controls and …
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Most subcompact luxury SUVs come across as a bit cynical; built to a price on less sophisticated bones than its pricier, more refined siblings. It sure seems like people buy them cause they can't make the payment on one of those pricier, more refined siblings they really want. With the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class, however, there is enough that's distinctive, versatile and stylish in its execution that it manages to exceed expectations for the segment and stand more assuredly on its own feet. Segment leader? The Volvo XC40 might give it a run for its money, but it's also different enough, that an argument of 1a and 1b can easily be made. A big reason for the GLB's transcendent appeal is its extra-large size for the segment and extra-boxy shape. Add in the versatility of a sliding back seat, and you have a subcompact SUV with a midsize SUV's interior space. We were stunned by how much its cargo area could swallow. However, besides the cabin's packaging, its striking design stands out in a segment that often comes across as a bit cheap. The bold rotary air vents and pretty dual-screen infotainment system carry a lot of the weight, but materials quality is better than average for the segment, too. And although the GLB is indeed built to a price on less sophisticated bones than its pricier, more refined GLC sibling, we think it's a dropoff that's more than fair for the price. In fact, we can easily see someone happily choosing a GLB over a GLC just because they like it better, with saving money as a bonus. We can't say the same thing about a BMW X1, Audi Q3 or even the Mercedes GLA 250. What's new for 2021? The GLB gets the AMG 35 treatment for 2021, gaining the same 302-horsepower engine and myriad performance upgrades as its AMG GLA 35 sibling (plus the A 35 and CLA 35). It also gets sportier design flourishes, most notably seen in AMG's Panamericana grille. The regular GLB 250 now comes standard with blind-spot warning and a 115-volt power outlet. What's the Mercedes GLB 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. Every GLB includes the latest iteration of Mercedes-Benz’ MBUX infotainment suite, which is controlled by your choice of a central touchscreen (7 inch standard, 10.25 inch available), center console touchpad, steering wheel controls and …
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$38,050 - $40,050 MSRP / Window Sticker Price

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Engine 2.0L I-4
MPG 23 City / 31 Hwy
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission 8-spd auto-shift man w/OD
Power 221 @ 5500 rpm
Drivetrain front-wheel
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