Mercedes-Benz GLB First Drive Review

For the first time, a manufacturer has introduced both the ICE and EV version of the same car simultaneously in India. Mercedes-Benz has brought in the all-new EQB which is an electric equivalent of the GLB in the country. Do check out the detailed first-drive review of the EQB here. Now, the GLB as the Three-Pointed naming scheme goes is positioned between the entry-level GLA and the GLC, Mercedes-Benz’s blockbuster in India.

Mercedes-Benz GLB First Drive Review

As it will bridge the gap between the two, the GLB is also expected to occupy the space that the current-gen GLC will vacant, more because the newer-generation GLC is due. But does the GLB has what it takes to fill the GLC’s shoes? Let’s find out.

Mercedes-Benz GLB First Drive Review

Getting inside the GLB is fairly easy as the seat height and door sill are neither very tall nor too short. Once inside, you are greeted with the familiar Mercedes cabin which has an upright massive panel with two 10.25-inch digital screens integrated with the latest MBUX system. The steering wheel design is familiar too, and has nice-looking brushed aluminium finished buttons. Speaking of the brushed aluminium, the GLB gets rugged yet premium-looking inserts on the dashboard, centre console, and door pads, all of which make the cabin feel more upmarket.

Mercedes-Benz GLB First Drive Review

Part of the MBUX system is a touchpad that controls the screen and we liked how there’s a place to rest your palm when using this touchpad. Then, there are two cup holders and a place to keep your phone which doubles up as a wireless charger. In fact, you have more storage area under the armrest with a couple of USB-C ports, apart from the one near the centre console. As for the visibility, you don’t sit too high and the visibility around is good. However, bigger ORVMs would have helped in parking as these are a bit too small and there’s no 360-degree camera either. This being an AMG version, gets beautiful-looking upholstery with a much more expensive Alcantara-like finish in contrast red stitching.

Mercedes-Benz GLB First Drive Review

The second row is likely to be the most important place in the GLB for the chauffeured driven or those looking for family comfort. So, there’s ample leg room at the back and the flat roof with head scoops provides ample headroom. Even the seats offer good comfort with the same sportier upholstery and support. You can squeeze in three here but the middle passenger will have to manage with a protruding backrest with a hard cushion. Further, the second row can be moved back and forth and gets a 40:20:40 split as well. Then, there’s a single USB Type-C port and a recess below the rear air vents. Additionally, the sunroof adds to the overall ambience at the back.

As for the third row, Mercedes-Benz says it is suitable for kids or preteens. It’s a 5+2-seater at best because full-size adults won’t be comfortable here for longer hauls. To access the third row, the second row won’t tumble down either, so there’s a very narrow space. Once inside, the headroom is just enough for my size (I am 5’5”) with the knees propped up against the backrest of the second row. Thankfully, the quarter window at the back is large enough and the individual seats here have two cupholders in the middle, a USB Type-C port on each, and recess on either side for knick-knacks.

Mercedes-Benz GLB First Drive Review

Lastly, at 130 litres, the boot space with the third row up is only good enough for a couple of soft bags or backpacks. Fold the third row and the space extends up to 500 litres. But if you want to move a house, then folding down the second row elevates it up to 1,680 litres.

In terms of the feature list, you get all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a car at this price point. Apart from the powered front seats with memory functions, you get a dual sunroof, electronic tailgate, 64-colour ambient lighting, wireless charger, two-zone climate control, and sportier seats in this AMG line. We’d have loved it if the feature list included a 360-degree camera, ventilated seats, and a fancier sound system. On the safety front, you do get seven airbags and ISOFIX in the second and third row along with active brake assist. Not to mention, the GLB has scored five stars on the NCAP test.

Mercedes-Benz GLB First Drive Review

With the GLB200 you get the 1.3-litre turbo petrol from the A-Class and GLA. It puts out 161bhp and 250Nm. Meanwhile, the diesel iteration, which we are driving here, is 2.0-litre with an output of 188bhp and 400Nm. The petrol is paired to a seven-speed DCT while the diesel gets an eight-speed DCT sending the power to the front wheels except in the AMG line which has the 4Matic AWD.

Mercedes-Benz GLB First Drive Review

Now, whether idling or moving, this turbodiesel is slightly noisier. But it’s more heard than felt. It has good grunt lower down the rev range, and even the mid-range has good shove when there’s a need for overtakes and that too with minimal lag. Mercedes-Benz says the 0-100kmph time of the 220d is just over 7.5 seconds. Moreover, EQB includes an engine start-stop function as a fuel-saving measure. Plus, it gets the usual three modes — Eco, Comfort, and Sport, apart from Individual, which alters the throttle response and weighs up the steering. Even the exhaust note gets throatier in the Sport mode. With this 4Matic version, you also get an Off-road mode. It changes the torque that goes to the required wheel, with the top speed clocked at 110kmph, and the ABS tuned differently for off-road along with hill descent control.

Mercedes-Benz GLB First Drive Review

Where the petrol version gets a seven-speed DCT gearbox, here in the 220d, you get an eight-speed automatic. Unlike the newer nine-speed unit which constantly runs through the gears every time you accelerate or brake to find the right gear, this one is more familiar – more conventional. It tends to upshift around 2,000rpm and in sport mode or when accelerating hard it would easily hold the gear for longer, thus giving you the strong mid-range grunt when you want to go uphill or while overtaking on highways.

Mercedes-Benz GLB First Drive Review

Going almost three-turn lock-to-lock, the steering isn’t very quick but it is direct. Driving on the ghat section from Kodaikanal, its direct nature combined with the grippier Pirelli tyres was too much fun. More fun than you’d expect from a three-row, family SUV. As for the ride quality, we experienced smooth surfaces on highways and some bad sections on the ghat. Although on the stiffer side, the ride wasn’t very jarring and it took in everything nicely. We wanted to try driving the GLB with seven people on board but that’s something for another day.

Mercedes-Benz GLB First Drive Review

Currently, the GLB takes the CBU route. Whether Mercedes Benz will manufacture it here in the country depends on the response this three-row family crossover gets from the Indian buyers. As we know, this GLB will occupy the space that the outgoing GLC will create. With no direct alternatives that provide a three-row configuration in its space, the GLB offers a good practicality package, decent driving dynamics, loads of features and everything else the Mercedes-Benz badge comes with as default.

Mercedes-Benz GLB First Drive Review

And since the new-gen GLC – which is due next year – will eventually get more expensive, the GLB has a high chance of garnering the same popularity the GLC had enjoyed in India all these years. So the buyers who found the GLC to be an enticing deal, the GLB now offers almost all of that but with the addition of a third row.

Mercedes-Benz GLB First Drive Review

Pictures by Kapil Angane and Mercedes-Benz India

News Related

OTHER NEWS

1990s GMC Typhoon: There’s Never Been an SUV That Can Beat It

Keep in mind that the 1992 and 1993 GMC Typhoon SUV is from 1992 and 1993. Try to remember what trucks and SUVs were like back then. Now, wrap your ... Read more »

Your 2022 Ford Maverick Might Have Faulty Airbags

As Ford’s small truck, the 2022 Maverick has been a huge success. It not only comes standard with a hybrid engine, but it also offers legitimate utility. Plus, it doesn’t ... Read more »

3 Most Common GMC Sierra 1500 Problems Reported by Hundreds of Real Owners

Many consumers view the GMC Sierra 1500 as the standard in the luxury pickup truck market, but there’s more to this pickup than you might expect. All vehicles have issues, ... Read more »

Only 1 Type of Buyer Should Even Consider the 2022 Jeep Compass

If you’re in the market for an affordable four-wheel drive Jeep SUV, the 2022 Jeep Compass ranks at the top of the list. While the Compass offers a choice of ... Read more »

“Part of the Journey Is the End;” Marvel’s Avengers Seems to be Shutting Down

Whether it be purely the lackluster quality of the game or the general distaste for live service games, Marvel’s Avengers never truly found its footing in the two years since ... Read more »

5 Used Cars with the Biggest Price Drops

Used car prices have been elevated for the past two years, but the good news is that they are on the decline. According to a recent study conducted by iSeeCars, ... Read more »

Satechi Thunderbolt 4 Slim Hub review: A sleek and portable laptop hub

Thunderbolt 4 docks are now much more widely available, meaning that it’s much easier to get a high speed dock that works with your laptop. But unfortunately, while they’re relatively ... Read more »

Wi-Fi routers are being hit by a dangerous new Android malware with extra DNS hacks

null A new Android app has been found tricking unsuspecting users (even those with clean devices) into visiting malicious versions of popular websites, where they might end up giving away ... Read more »

Incredibly Rare and Awesome Pontiac GTO Judge Sold for $1.5 Million

Photo: Mecum The Pontiac GTO is a proud member of the glorious Muscle Car era, and collectors are always looking for the rarest and most incredible examples. Last weekend in ... Read more »

Is the 2023 Toyota RAV4 Too Old to Keep Up?

Today we’re putting the Toyota RAV4 in the spotlight to take a closer look at it. We know that there are tons of great things to say about it. It’s ... Read more »

Servant unleashes a bed bug blitz [Apple TV+ recap]

Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse … bed bugs! Photo: Apple TV+ Dorothy is back in the bizarre Turner household this week on Apple TV+ thriller Servant ... Read more »

Hostinger quietly shutters Zyro to focus on Hostinger Website Builder service

Will Zyro website builder still exist soon? Read more »

Carroll Shelby’s 100th Birthday Honored by Centennial Edition Mustang

Shelby American is well known for their beefed-up takes on the Ford Mustang, and now the company is celebrating the 100th birthday of its founder, the late Carroll Shelby, with ... Read more »

Redmi Note 12 Turbo Tipped to get Snapdragon 7-series SoC

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Series arrived in China and India last year. With that being said, we might see another offering in the Redmi Note series phone in the ... Read more »

Avatar 2 animators tricked James Cameron into believing some shots were practical

Exclusive: James Cameron was fooled by his own VFX Read more »

The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Got ‘Nearly Everything Right’

Hyundai is building a reputation as an automaker that makes a lot of great cars. This is the case with the 2016 Hyundai Sonata, as Hyundai gave the car a ... Read more »

Super Bowl 2023 live stream: how to watch the game, commercials and halftime show from anywhere

(Image: © Getty Images / Christian Petersen) It’s nearly Super Bowl time; time to figure out how to watch a Super Bowl 2023 live stream. The Buffalo Bills and Kansas ... Read more »

The Minecraft Community Answers the Age-old Question: “Can it Run Doom?”

In the world of gaming, there are many questions gamers ask like, ” What’s the refresh rate,” and, “How is it already 4 AM?” But one is held high above ... Read more »

Mark Hamill Hints That His Time as the Joker Is Over

Legendary actor Mark Hamill, acclaimed for his roles as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars series and the Joker in Batman media, has recently indicated that he most likely won’t ... Read more »

Deadpool joins Marvel's Midnight Suns next week, adding new story missions

Mercenary solutions Read more »

Tesla Price Cuts Aimed Directly at Ford and GM EVs

While most automakers increase the prices of EVs, Tesla changed course in a disruptive move. Recently, this popular EV automaker announced price reductions for its most popular models. These Tesla ... Read more »

Chic-Fil-A’s Training Program Apparently Features a Familiar Fallout Face

If you’re a Fallout fan, you might’ve been wondering what Vault Boy has been up to lately. Well, it looks like Chic-Fil-A’s Official Training Program is led by none other ... Read more »

Nintendo is reportedly increasing Switch production ahead of Breath of the Wild 2

More Switches Read more »

Ex-Halo dev believes those who pushed for a better game ‘got laid off for it’

How infinite is Halo? Read more »

There are two clear winners in the PSVR 2 launch lineup

No longer peripheral Read more »

A nuclear-powered data center is opening this year

null Cumulus Data has announced a new data center in northeast Pennsylvania powered by nuclear energy. Data centers have typically required enormous amounts of energy to operate, and despite server ... Read more »

Anker’s New Monitor Stand Doubles as an All-In-One Docking Station

Anker The average USB docking station is just an ugly gray box. So, for those who want something a bit more flashy, Anker is launching the 675 12-in-1 USB Docking ... Read more »

3 Reasons Why the Third-Generation Toyota 4Runner Is the Best

To many, the Toyota 4Runner is one of the best vehicles ever created. As an SUV, it is capable and practical. Plus, the 4Runner has a reputation for being able ... Read more »

Ford Willing to Pay Bronco Reservation Holders to Buy Something Else

It’s no secret that Ford can’t keep up with demand for the Bronco SUV. The Jeep Wrangler rival has sold so well since its introduction a few years ago that ... Read more »

Naked Elden Ring Player Counter’s Placidusax’ Attack With Chaotic Results

FromSoftware’s Elden Ring broke the gaming industry last year, collecting numerous awards as the lauded studio took the Souls-like formula open-world. Much like the previous “Souls” titles, Elden Ring has an abundance ... Read more »

How to Remove Memories in Google Photos

Open a Memory from the Google Photos app and tap the three-dot menu icon. Then select “Hide” and choose “Remove This Memory.” Google Photos resurfaces old photos and videos in ... Read more »

Now Google is axing jobs - 12,000 of them

null Google has announced that it will be cutting around 12,000 jobs, in reaction to global economic circumstances. According to Bloomberg (paywall), Google SEO Sundar Pichai sent an email to ... Read more »

Blizzard games to pull the plug in China

Gamers based in China will need to use a VPN to keep playing Read more »

Invincible season 2 trailer is the perfect birthday gift for Mark Grayson

Happy early birthday, Invincible! Read more »

The 2013 BMW 3 Series Is a Cheap Used Sports Car That Costs Under $15,000

A used BMW 3 Series provides German sports car engineering in an affordable compact luxury car package. At 10 years old, the 2013 BMW 3 Series finally dips into the ... Read more »

In Truth Be Told season 3, podcaster Poppy tackles sex trafficking [Apple TV+ recap]

★★★☆☆ Podcaster Poppy Scoville-Parnell (played by Olivia Spencer, left) jumps on a kidnapping case in season three of Truth Be Told. Photo: Apple TV+ Truth Be Told, the Apple TV+ ... Read more »

Amazon Prime Video’s Invincible Season 2 Gets an Official Release Window

Rejoice, Invincible fans; there’s been an update today about when the show is coming back and what Mark (Steven Yeun) has been up to since the end of the first ... Read more »

IOGear Dock Pro Review

null The Dock Pro Universal 4K Quad Docking Station from IOGear is a four-video output docking station created to be compatible with nearly any device. The IOGear Dock Pro is ... Read more »

Autoline Daily 2023: Top Industry News for Jan. 20

EV Startups at Critical Juncture; Proterra Quits Manufacturing in California; NIO Loses Lawsuit to Audi Read more »

Don’t Buy a Foldable Until Samsung Brings This Prototype to Life

Samsung Display via The Verge The world of foldable phones is surprisingly stagnant. The Galaxy Z Fold gets a tiny little upgrade every year, and rival phone brands loosely copy ... Read more »
Kênh kiến thức kỹ năng, phát triển bản thân, hướng nghiệp, blog nhân sự