The eagerly awaited luxury subcompact SUV (codenamed X247) uses the same platform as the GLA but the wheelbase has been stretched by 100 mm to give it extra room and practicality. At 4.63 m long, the wheelbase is less than an inch shorter than the larger GLC, and it has three rows of seats, thanks to clever space distribution. The GLB’s silhouette is squarish and more angular, like the GLS-Class, and as a result of its box-like shape, headroom is optimised.
The GLB is instantly recognisable, thanks to its unique headlight design, black cladding, roof rails and simulated underride guard while the cabin is the epitome of spacious elegance with widescreen digital cockpit, ambient lighting and other distinctive Mercedes-Benz SUV elements. The new MBUX system is extremely versatile and easy to use. Choose from touchscreen, direct control buttons (media, navigation and telephone), touch control buttons on the steering wheel, the centre console-mounted touchscreen, or extended voice recognition. Under the body, suspension duties are ably taken care of by a MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear configuration which offers a high level of comfort while tackling light bends with sporty flair. The way the GLB drives can also be tuned with DYNAMIC SELECT. At the press of a button, different drive programmes (Sport, Comfort or Eco) can be selected. Each has its own, pre-set engine, transmission and steering settings.
Our Mercedes-Benz GLB200 AMG LINE PREMIUM is powered by a turbocharged 1.3-litre 4-cylinder engine mated to a 7G-DCT (7-speed) gearbox equipped with paddle shifters. With 163 hp and 250 Nm on tap (the latter from just 1620 rpm), this crossover maxes out at 201 km/h while the century dash is completed in 9.1 seconds. Fitted with AMG Line parts such as AMG bodystyling and eye-catching 19-inch AMG alloy wheels in 5-twin-spoke design, it looks racy even when it is standing still. Also included is the Premium Package which consists of a host of features – 10.25-inch digital cluster and touchscreen display, 64-colour ambient lighting, illuminated door sill panels, KEYLESS-GO, 225-watt sound system, Mirror Package, smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) with wireless charging and Parking Package with reversing camera and 180-degree view with Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC.