Mercedes-Benz GLB: prices, specs and release date

The GLB puts the utility back into sports utility vehicle. Read on to find out all you need to know about Mercedes' latest SUV

James Wilson
Sep 6, 2019

Enter the Mercedes GLB, the latest family-sized SUV to come from Mercedes-Benz. Order books are open now, with prices starting at £34,200 for a seven-seat 200 Sport model. Deliveries are expected to commence in December 2019.

The Mercedes GLB is an SUV that harks back to an early SUV design mantra – practicality and functionality above all else. Being a Mercedes though the GLB is significantly more upmarket than SUVs from back in the day.

As you may have noticed while driving around, SUV sales are on the up, so it should be no surprise that the GLB has rivals from most mainstream car manufacturers. Models such as the BMW X3, Mazda CX-5 and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace all offer similar packages. At the same time, it is quite rare to have seven-seats as standard in this part of the market, so for some, the GLB will stand out straight away.

Like the rest of the Mercedes-Benz model range, the GLB comes with an impressive selection of technology. A particular highlight being the MBUX car media, navigation and information screens, which consist of two, 10.3-inch screens spanning the dashboard, although this system is not standard on all models.

On top of a selection of technology, the GLB is offered with a range of engines (either petrol or diesel) as well as two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive formats. Below we have broken down each key area of the GLB, including prices, economy, technology and much more, so read on to find out all you need to know about the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLB.

 

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLB trims and specifications

The GLB is offered with a total of four trim levels, but before delving into them here's a quick note on Mercedes' naming format. The name is made up of three parts: the model (GLB), the engine (200d) and the trim level (AMG Line). Put all of the above together and you have a Mercedes-Benz GLB 200d AMG Line. If there is four-wheel drive as well, this would be signified via the adage of 4MATIC to the name.

At entry level, we have Sport trim. On the inside, this specification comes as standard with two-zone climate control, heated front seats, seats trimmed in a man-made leather alternative (the cows will be happy), a seven-inch touchscreen media system and DAB radio.

On the outside, standard Sport trim features include 18-inch alloy wheels, LED lights front and rear and a reversing camera. Finally, to tailor the GLB to your style of driving, there are four driving modes, allowing you to prioritise aspects such as comfort or economy.

The next trim level up is AMG Line which, aside from adding a multifunction steering wheel, brings mostly cosmetic changes. These cosmetic alterations bring larger 19-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass and AMG body styling. Inside, the man-made leather interior is paired with microfibre cloth inserts – aiming to give the interior a more upmarket, yet sporty vibe.

Sat above AMG Line trim is AMG Line Premium spec and it is here that the impressive MBUX media and information system becomes standard. MBUX comprises two 10.3-inch displays stretched across the dashboard, one providing whatever information you desire it to, the other acting as a digital cockpit display.

On top of the screens, AMG Line Premium includes folding exterior mirrors, which, along with the interior mirrors are auto-dimming, augmented reality navigation that overlays which turn to take on the large screens, parking sensors and keyless entry/starting. Finally, AMG Line Premium is the only trim level where buyers can opt for just five seats rather than seven.

The GLB range is topped off by AMG Line Premium Plus spec. Here technology such as matrix LED headlamps (referred to as multibeam in Mercedes vernacular) and Mercedes’ driving assistance pack are included. A full description of the latter can be found in the safety section further down. Finally, AMG Line Premium Plus specification includes a panoramic sunroof as well.

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLB prices and delivery dates

Order books for the GLB are already open, with deliveries due to commence in December 2019. Prices start at £34,200 for an entry-level, petrol engined 200 Sport model. If you have enough cash burning what would have to be a rather large hole in your pocket, a range-topping 220d 4MATIC AMG Line Premium Plus model is the most expensive on offer and will set you back £45,950.

A full breakdown of prices is shown in the table below. As a note, a ‘-’ signifies a trim that is not available on a particular model.

Model

Trim

Sport

AMG Line

AMG Line Premium

AMG Line Premium Plus

GLB 220 d 4MATIC (5 seats)

-

-

£42,200

-

GLB 200 (7 seats)

£34,200

£35,700

£38,700

£41,700

GLB 200 d (7 seats)

-

£36,800

£39,800

-

GLB 200 d 4MATIC (7 seats)

-

-

£41,400

£44,400

GLB 220 d 4MATIC (7 seats)

-

-

£42,950

£45,950

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLB rivals and alternatives

The GLB is being pitched at motorists who want a practical yet high quality SUV. When it comes to seven-seat models, its rivals include the VW Tiguan Allspace, Skoda Kodiaq and to a certain extent the Land Rover Discovery Sport, all three of which are very compelling purchases for less money.

However, the GLB, Tiguan, Kodiaq and Discovery Sport face rivals not only from other brands but their stablemates available on the used car market. For the price of a new Mercedes GLB AMG Line Premium, you could take your pick of an Audi Q7, Volvo XC90, BMW X5 or Land Rover Discovery, some of which are almost new with only a handful of miles on the clock.

The case for buying secondhand is that you can save yourself money buying a car which has already taken a big depreciation hit, dramatically reducing how much they cost to buy or finance. Plus, in this instance, you can purchase a car with a very similar offering to that of the new option, plus extra space, often better performance and occasionally better equipment – although the latter isn’t true here as the Mercedes GLB comes very well equipped.

Of course, there are negatives to buying a car used - you will likely have higher maintenance bills and you have to be sure the previous owner looked after their car properly. To get an idea of what alternatives are out there, take a look at the cars for sale on BuyaCar right now.

2019 Mercedes GLB engine range, economy, emissions and performance

When looking at a Mercedes GLB, you have the choice of three engines; two diesels and one petrol. That said, if you want four-wheel drive you have to opt for a diesel. All models use automatic gearboxes, with diesel GLBs using an eight-speed unit and petrol GLBs making do with a seven-speed ‘box.

Starting with the petrol engine, badged as 200, it is a four-cylinder 1.3-litre unit producing 163hp and 250Nm of torque. With these figures, the GLB will accelerate from 0-62mph in 9.1 seconds before charging on to a top speed of 129mph. As for economy, Mercedes claims the 200 is good for 47.1mpg (combined) and CO2 emissions of 138g/km.

Moving on to the diesel options, there are two 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines with different power outputs. The lower-powered unit, badged as 200d, produces 150hp and 320Nm of torque. Two-wheel drive 200d models are claimed to be capable of returning 56.5mpg and emitting 133g/km. Four-wheel drive models fare slightly worse, with figures of 51.4mpg and 145g/km.

As for performance, two-wheel drive GLBs with the 200d engine will go from 0-62mph in a time of 9.0 seconds and on to a top speed of 127mph. If you opt for a 200d GLB with 4MATIC four-wheel drive, the 0-62mph time increases to 9.3 seconds - due to the extra weight of the four-wheel drive system - and the top speed falls slightly to 125mph.

Last but not least there is the highest-powered 220d engine, a 2.0-litre diesel. Power for the 220d is claimed to be 190hp and torque 400Nm. This translates to a 0-62mph time of 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 135mph.

Despite the significant step up in power, economy and emissions haven’t been hampered too much. Mercedes claims a combined economy figure of 51.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 146g/km.

2019 Mercedes GLB interior

Inside the Mercedes GLB is a pleasant place to be. If you opt for it, the large MBUX information screens dominate the dashboard - and cost more - with the rest of the cabin giving off a classy and effective vibe. The majority of controls are centred around the driver, helping keep the rest of the cockpit free of clutter.

The distinctive circular Mercedes-Benz air vents are present and correct as is a selection of materials which should be of good quality – whether that be the man-made leather or dashboard trim. All models come with seven seats, although AMG Line Premium models can be specified with just five.

2019 Mercedes GLB safety

As standard all GLB models come with active brake assist, active bonnet (a feature which is designed to protect pedestrians if they are hit by the car), lane keeping assist, attention assist and speed limit functionality.

AMG Line Premium Plus models will come equipped with the Mercedes-Benz Driving Assistance package, which comprises of 10 safety elements in total: blind spot assist, braking assist, adaptive cruise control (Distronic in Mercedes speak), lane keep assist, evasive steering assist, traffic sign recognition, pre-safe plus (a system which works to keep you safe in the event of a rear-end collision), route-based speed adjustment (which can adjust the speed of your car automatically when coming to corners and roundabouts), extended restart function for motorway driving and warnings for when occupants are leaving the vehicle.

2019 Mercedes GLB technology

As well as all the aforementioned goodies and safety tech, the GLB has even more to offer. Chief among this is something called Mercedes Me Connect. It joins a growing number of platforms offered by car manufacturers that bring a data connection to your vehicle.

It means you can tap into real-time information about fuel prices, parking spaces and where your car is located. There are also some more advanced features, such as geo-fencing. This works by setting a designated area your car is allowed to drive and will send alerts when it leaves said area.

Technology like this will become more important as the number of hybrid cars on UK roads increases, as your location might dictate whether or not you car legally has to operate on battery power alone due to emission regulations.

The MBUX multimedia system is also a stand out feature and it comes with Amazon Alexa-style voice commands, which are activated by saying ‘Hey Mercedes’. While slightly gimmicky, some motorists may find the technology genuinely useful and the system is far slicker and much better at recognising speech than many others. This means you can set the navigation, for instance, simply by saying 'Navigate to...' and then saying a postcode or address.

2019 Mercedes GLB dimensions, luggage space and towing capacity

When it comes to dimensions, there is only one difference between five- and seven-seat Mercedes GLBs and that is with regards to height. Five seat models come in at 1,658mm tall, whereas seven-seat variants measure in at 1,662mm – not a massive difference, but a difference nonetheless.

As for width and length, all GLBs measure in at 2,020mm wide (including door mirrors) and 4,634mm long. Boot space for the petrol model trails that of the diesels, coming in at 455 litres with the seats up as opposed to 570 litres. With the seats down the disparity gets even worse, with petrol models offering 1,540 litres in comparison to 1,805 litres.

If you are looking to tow with a GLB, then a four-wheel drive diesel is the best option – with both 4MATIC diesels on offer boasting a braked towing capacity of 2,000kg. The two-wheel drive diesel option can only tow 1,800kg (braked), which the petrol-powered model matches. All models come with a 750kg unbraked towing capacity.

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