2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class

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2020 MODEL
$36,600 - $38,600
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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: April 23, 2020
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A few years ago, the purists got enraged by the introduction of SUVs instead of more estate cars. That ship has sailed now, with the introduction of SUV class with the major players in the game even in the luxury segment.

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Pros

Front or all-wheel-drive option is available.

Optional third row.

The turbocharged 2.0L engine produces good torque.

Compact yet roomy.

Infotainment features are great.

Cons

Price skyrockets as the options are added.

Driver-assist features are over-aggressive.

The optional third-row seat is overly cramped.

What's New?

All-new model for 2020.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$36600

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

221 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft. @ 1800 rpm

transmission

8-speed auto-shift manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13/13

dimensions

wheelbase

111.4 in.

length

63.2 in.

width

72.2 in.

height

65.3 in.

curb weight

3638 lbs.

ground clearance

7.9 in.

capacity

cargo volume

62 cu ft.

towing capacity

5500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.9 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

roadside assistance

4 yr. / 50000 mi.


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class Review video
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class Interior video
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class Safety video

Styles

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class in Cosmos Black Metallic color 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class in Midnight Black color 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class in Polar White color 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class in Mountain Grey Metallic color 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class in Iridium Silver Metallic color 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class in Cosmos Black Metallic color
Cosmos Black Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Fuel Economy

4.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

6.5

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class GLB 250

GLB 250

power
221 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
TBD

$36,600 - $38,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GLB 250 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) Starting at $36,600 MSRP TBD 221 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
8-speed auto-shift manual front wheel drive 5
GLB 250 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) Starting at $38,600 MSRP TBD 221 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
8-speed auto-shift manual all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

6.0

Overall Rating


Now, with the continued existence of GLA, GLC and GLS class of SUVs, do we really need an SUV to fill the gap between these? Is GLB just a product thrown in to lure people looking for affordable sedans or is this what we really needed and is of any use?

 Honestly, GLB is a small SUV that does feel big in good ways. Does it feel like a Mercedes though? Does it drive like a Mercedes even with the front-wheel-drive layout?

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class SUV

 
 

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.5/10
Interior

 

6.5/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class Features

The all-new GLB from Mercedes is launched in two trims, base GLB 250 and GLB 250 4MATIC with the standard off-road package which can send torque 50-50 to both front and rear. With low overhangs and boxy looks, some light offroading will be a child’s play for the GLB, especially with the signature 4MATIC system.

Trims

GLB 250 

GLB 250 4MATIC

MSRP (FWD)

$36,600

-

MSRP (AWD) - $38,600
key Features Mercedes-Benz User Experience with new-generation Voice Control. Adds/Upgrades to GLB 250

 

Blind Spot Assist(Optional)

Mercedes-Benz User Experience with new-generation Voice Control.

 

7-inch Touchscreen Multimedia Display.

7-inch Touchscreen Multimedia Display.

 

7-inch Digital Instrument Cluster.

7-inch Digital Instrument Cluster.

 

Standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

 

ATTENTION ASSIST

ATTENTION ASSIST

 

Crosswind Assist

Crosswind Assist

 

Active Brake Assist

Active Brake Assist

 

Burmester® Surround Sound System (Optional)

Burmester® Surround Sound System (Optional)

 

Third-row seating(Optional)

Third-row seating(Optional)

 

Head-Up Display(Optional)

Head-Up Display(Optional)

 

 

Blind Spot Assist(Optional)

Which GLB to buy?

As there are no other trims to suggest, the AMG styling package is sure to give a try if you think the GLB is too dull of a car. Coming to the 4MATIC version, base GLB has enough power to get you out of trouble from most situations but if you do feel like taking your SUV out for more than a little offroading, then opt for the 4MATIC version.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class Engine and Performance

Under that muscular bulging hood(not so much), sits an inline four-cylinder which is turbocharged putting out a respectable 221 hp, which clearly do not seem enough to haul this massive SUV but surprisingly, this 7- seater produces enough low-end torque to smoothly transition you from a dead stop to speed limits on highways. The car is not supposed to be sporty considering the CLA possess the very same engine and it does not feel sporty but to haul passenger and decent cargo, the power is adequate.

Models

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-class

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Volvo XC60

MSRP

$36,600

$37,800

$24,945

$40,150

Engine

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded Inline-4

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded Inline-4

Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded Inline-4

Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded Inline-4

Drivetrain FWD AWD FWD FWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

221hp@5,500rpm

246hp@5,500rpm

184hp@4,400rpm

250hp@5,500rpm

Torque

258lb-ft@1,800rpm

269lb-ft@1,400rpm

221lb-ft@1,600rpm

258lb-ft@1,500rpm

The 8-speed transmission works like magic, it happens to be in the right gear at all times. Even if you put the gas pedal down it shifts down and even if it shifts down, the shift is silky smooth. The manual shift pedals on the back of the steering wheel are quite handy in shifting a gear or two while going downhill and keep the speed in check.

How fast is the new GLB?

Engineering innovations have come too far, is it a joke getting an almost 2-ton seven-seater SUV doing 60mph run under 7 seconds? Well, Mercedes, has managed to pull this off with its new GLB. With its lightweight architecture and efficient powertrain, it won't be an issue to overtake other vehicles on the road, with this SUV.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class SUV hits 0-60 in just 7 sec

While these SUVs aren’t supposed to be agile in any way possible but these 0-60 numbers don’t lie. While all the other cars spoil us with their 0-60 numbers, VW does not. Did nobody tell them it was a competition? 8.2 seconds, continents drift faster than this.

Models

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-class

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Volvo XC60

0-60 MPH

6.9 sec

6.6 sec

8.2 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter Mile

N/A

N/A

N/A N/A
Top Speed 155 MPH 135 MPH N/A 140 MPH

Engine

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded Inline-4

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded Inline-4

Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded Inline-4

Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded Inline-4

This quickness does help a lot if all the passenger seats are occupied while riding around town, makes it lunges forward if you cough and accidentally step on the pedal. You never get to realize if this motor is turbocharged, the turbo lag is negligible.

How good is the Ride and Handling?

On-road, the GLB feels planted and composed it also gave some impressions of some earlier C-class which is a good thing as it is based on the A-class platform. GLB as standard comes with front-wheel drive, the 4MATIC system is tuned to fight traction loss not to work as an all-wheel-drive car.

Ca2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class SUV has a great Handling 

The car’s responsive nature makes it stable at triple-digit speed while the wind noise can be a little annoying for the passengers because of the boxy design and a comparatively flatter windscreen. Such behavior is unacceptable from a German-made car. The 4MATIC model does have an “off-road” mode, which locks power output to 50 percent front and 50 percent rear, helping preempt slippage on loose or icy surfaces.

With its excellent overall comfort, good ride quality, assorted drive modes, and contemporary interior, the new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 is refined enough for everyday use and totally suitable for a long cross-country drive, while also being a fine companion on dirt back roads, aided by its respectable clearance and short overhangs. While on long journeys, we would recommend you to turn off lane keep assist which gets too aggressive with its mission.

What about the Braking performance?

Even though GLB has the smallest size brake rotors of all its competition, the braking distance is not compromised. It has powerful brakes, although they are not grabby enough which is necessary for a smooth stop, good for someone carrying precious cargo.

C2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class SUV has 12.6 Front Brake

The brake size does not guarantee a better stopping power but the reusability of the brakes. Bigger brakes have more surface area to dissipate the heat generated hence more times you can use it.

Models

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-class

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Volvo XC60

Brake Rotors Front

12.6"

13.7"

13.4"

13.6"

Brake Rotors Rear

11.6"

12.8"

11.8"

12.6"

Curb Weight

N/A

N/A

N/A N/A

60-0 MPH

N/A

N/A N/A` N/A

The braking part is done by the brake calipers and tires, more the grip lesser the braking distance, good thing GLB tires are made of sports compound which gives good braking potential.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class Fuel Economy

4.0/10

Mercedes gives what their customers desire, a compact yet big family SUV with an optional third row and an excellent fuel economy. While the front-wheel-drive GLB puts out highway mileage of 31 mpg and 23 mpg for city and even the 4MATIC model also delivers the same number except for the highway where it puts out 30 mpg, excellent numbers indeed.

Models

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-class

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Volvo XC60

MPG (City)

23

19

22

22

MPG (Highway)

31

24

29

29

MPG (Combined)

26

21

22

23

Fuel Capacity 15.9 gallons 17.7 gallons 15.3 gallons 18.8 gallons
Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 366/477/413 miles 354/477/407 miles 337/444/382 miles 414/545/451 miles

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

N/A N/A

N/A

N/A

Even the four-wheel-drive version gives almost the same numbers in fuel economy because the four-wheel-drive model only gives the power to rear wheels while in off-road mode or in traction loss. This improvisation sure helps GLB score aces in this department.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class Interior

7.5/10

Stepping in the GLB, the cabin feels unmistakably Mercedes, even if you were blindfolded. The metal finish looks premium on the dash with the compliments the wood finishes on the door as well as the dash. Although, the competitors do boast a bit better interior quality even base GLB isn’t bad enough to get neglected.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class SUV Seating

Options for real leather is available, spending your money there will be useful. The boxy design sure might not please some eyes from the outside but inside it does feel roomy. There are some plastic bits here and there but nothing too much is of a complaint.

What about the seating comfort on offer?

Even for the long journey, GLB is suited, seats are very supportive and flat. Heated and cooled seats are an option so are the ventilated ones. Being one of the very few SUVs to deliver the third row in its segment, it could be a big selling point.

Models

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-class

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Volvo XC60

Seating Capacity 5 5 7 5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

42.1/57.3/NA

39.5/57.3/39.1

39.6/57/40.2

38/58.2/41.5

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.3/56.7/NA

38.7/55.9/38.1

39.1/55.9/36.5

38/56.3/38

Talking of seats, it boasts max space for seating for leg and headroom than its competitors the second row of the new GLB slides fore or aft about six inches to create extra legroom or cargo volume, whichever is needed. A 6-foot-tall person can sit behind a driver of the same height, and tall drivers will appreciate how far rearward the seat travels. So far back, in fact, that it can eat into all the available rear-seat legroom. That stated the headroom is excellent, even with the large panoramic sunroof.

What about the Infotainment system?

GLB lacks a significant amount of standard interior features, it makes it up with the infotainment. A 7.0-inch digital gauge display and 7.0-inch touchscreen both come standard, but dual 10.3-inch screens are part of the Premium package, and a color head-up display is a standalone option.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class SUV Infotainment System

As a brand-new Mercedes SUV, the GLB is equipped with the latest voice-controlled “Hey, Mercedes” MBUX multifunction infotainment system, plus digital gauges and a host of the latest driver-assist and safety programs. While we’re happy to report that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, we’re not overjoyed that a blind-spot monitor, the larger 10.25-inch screens and active cruise control are available only as a part of a $2,250 Driver Assistance Package that also includes active lane-keep assist, active braking assist, active steering assist and route-based speed adaptation.

What features to expect on the inside?

There are plenty of creature-comforts on offer on the inside of the 2020 GLB. Some of the most notable highlights on the inside include the following few features

  • Power sunshade
  • Heated steering wheel with manual tilting, manual telescoping
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Memory seats
  • 3 12V DC power outlets
  • Distance pacing cruise control
  • Cruise control with steering wheel controls

How much Cargo can you carry with yourself?

GLB boasts a spacious interior, with 20 cubic feet of space behind the second row and 62 cubic feet of max space, this almost aims for the X3 cargo space which is a class above the GLB. Under the center armrest, there also is medium-sized cubby storage that can take care of a few electronics you travel with.

Models

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-class

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Volvo XC60

Maximum Cargo Capacity

62 cu.ft.

55.6 cu.ft.

73.5 cu.ft.

63.3 cu.ft.

GLB offers a more than decent cargo space for a daily drive, more to it, its competitor sure follows a superior method to free up more cargo space, does not mean GLB does not deserve a praiseworthy look.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class SUV

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class Exterior

6.5/10

Fitting in between the GLA and GLC SUV lineup of the Mercedes, GLB is here to make a name for itself. Even though it is based on the A-class architecture, the bold looks do not say it is any less of an SUV. To fit a third row in a compact SUV is an engineering marvel, there exist very few SUVs that can do so.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class SUV 3 Quarter View

The GLB has some mixed reviews on the styling, unlike its upper-tier models GLC and GLE, the lines are not smoother and more handsome. On the other hand, the boxy design complements the vehicle’s desired off-road character. Except for the muscular hood, it is devoid of any styling elements. Due to its boxy shape wind noise in the cabin is enhanced affecting the ride quality.

Models

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-class

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Volvo XC60

Curb Weight

N/A N/A N/A N/A

Length

182.4"

181"

185.1"

184.6"

Width

72.2"

75"

72.4"

74.9"

Height

65.3"

68"

66.3"

65.3"

Ground Clearance

N/A

8.3"

7.9"

8.5"

Wheelbase

111.4"

107.9"

109.8"

112.8"

The AMG Line Package is worth serious consideration with its unique styling package, AMG grille, aluminum shift paddles, an AMG steering wheel, vented front brakes, sport seats, and AMG-specific 19-inch alloy wheels. The AMG Night package makes the car look sinister with glossy black exterior elements and 19-inch alloy wheels with black accents.

What are the most notable features on the outside?

  • Rear lip spoiler
  • Black w/chrome accents grille
  • Body-colored front and rear bumpers with black rub strip
  • Power remote left side-view door mirror
  • Body-colored front and rear bumpers with metal-look rub strip
  • Heated power-folding side-view door mirrors with turn signal indicator
  • Fully galvanized steel body material
  • Adaptive suspension
  • hill-start assist and hill-descent control
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class SUV

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class Safety

Like every family vehicle, safety features are a priority choosing factor for a car, Mercedes don’t disappoint. Comes with Active Brake Assist which tracks how quickly GLB is closing on a vehicle in front and if the driver does not apply enough brake pressure to avoid a collision, the vehicle will do with max stopping power. While giving you a serene driving experience, also prevents you from being drowsy, if it senses drowsiness, it will suggest taking a break. Another feature that gets your attention is Crosswind Assist which will keep the vehicle in the lane on gusty windy highways by using brakes on the side of the car facing the wind.

Safety Features

  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Stability control
  • Front-impact airbags
  • Side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbags
  • Knee airbags
  • Pretensioners

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class Competition

Mercedes Benz GLB vs Land Rover Discovery Sport

Like the weird chronology of Land Rover, Mercedes’s complicated class architecture gets these two SUVs in a duel. While the Discovery Sport offers great off-road capability with increased ride height but suffers in fuel economy as it only is offered in four-wheel drive format, unlike the GLB which offers both front-wheel and all-wheel drive. Both the SUVs match in the interior as both are flushed with premium materials on the inside. While the performance of Land Rover is quite superior to GLB and not by much though, this segment is focused on families and performance does not come as of much priority. Livability with the GLB is a tad bit better than the Rover, thus, it seems like a better choice in both.

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport

Mercedes Benz GLB vs Volvo XC60

The GLB in the first look seems appealing with the chunky design but Volvo too has a sense of understated handsomeness. Both come with an affordable front-wheel-drive version and a gorgeous interior. Volvo and GLB both seem qualified for your attention and this time GLB matches Volvo in terms of safety features. Coming to the livability, GLB takes the crown with the optional third-row seat and various driver-assist features.

2020 Volvo XC60

 

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class Final Verdict

Slotting into the narrow space between the GLA-class and the GLC-class is the all-new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-class compact crossover. While it seems affordable, adding options will surely skyrocket the price above 50k.

Mercedes knows and sets the trends, fitting the GLB with bold SUV styling, great infotainment, good cargo space, and comfy passenger space. This recipe should get this thing going for a hit.