2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 Road Test and Review

The all-new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 slots among the GLA and GLC within the brand’s six-strong Sports utility vehicle selection. The squarish compact Sports utility vehicle forgoes the current trend to swoopy, sloped-roof utilities having a very practical and space-efficient design having a robust vertical grille, elevated hood, upright car windows, and tall roofline. A longish, 111.4-inch wheelbase plants the conventional 18-inch alloy wheels in the corners for any confident stance and delivers generous usable interior space because of its abbreviated compact exterior. It’s provided with front- or all-wheel drive with five- or seven-passenger seating.

One of the GLB 250’s chief competitors within the expanding premium small Sports utility vehicle segment would be the BMW X1, Land Rover Discovery Sport, and Lexus NX 300. The leading-wheel drive form of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 is attractively costing $37,595 together with a $995 destination charge. GLB 250s outfitted with 4Matic all-wheel drive start at $39,595 with destination.

4Matic All-Wheel Drive

Although my 175-mile drive inside a 4Matic-outfitted GLB 250 north of Scottsdale, Arizona incorporated just a few short off-road segments, some with ruts and gullies using all the SUV’s 7.9 inches of ground clearance, traction never was a problem despite the conventional all-season tires.

The not compulsory Mercedes-Benz 4Matic all-wheel drive product is constantly apportioning drive torque towards the wheels most abundant in traction. It defaults using the Drive Select system to some baseline 80 % front/20 % rear distribution in Eco or Comfort modes, 70 % front/30 % rear in Sport mode, and 50 % front/50 % rear spread in Off-Road mode. The Off-Road driving mode also modifies throttle response for smoother off-pavement launches and changes the response from the anti-lock brakes to higher handle dirt along with other loose surfaces. While in Off-Road mode, the automobile also displays an animation from the inclination and grade position within the instrument panel. The machine also features Downhill Speed Regulation, that is as an off-road cruise control that may be set to between 1 and 11 miles per hour therefore the driver can focus on locating a path around obstacles and thru deep ruts and dips.

Surprising Roominess Inside

The brand new GLB 250 is roomier inside of computer looks in the outdoors because of its relatively boxy shape with straight sides along with a tall roof. Standard fare includes faux-leather seat coverings, with leather a $1,450 option. Both driver and front-passenger seats are power-operated with three-position memory. The leading seats possess a manual bottom cushion extender to aid under longer thighs. Also standard is really a leather-wrapped tilt/telescope controls with shift paddles, plus push-button start, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone automatic heating and cooling, and fundamental cruise control.

This as being a premium European brand, the choice list is lengthy. Heated front seats really are a $580 option, while heated and cooled front chairs costs $1,030. The leading seats could be upgraded to massaging, multi-contour seats for an additional $590. A heated controls warms your upper digits for $250. Real-wood trim accents add $325, along with a very entertaining $310 ambient lighting package brings a festive 64-color interior light show, ambling through numerous hues around the doorways, loudspeakers, console, dash, and climate-control vents. A $2,600 AMG Line adds sport seats, a sport controls, and a number of other sporty upgrades.

Screen Gems

A highlight from the new Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 is its twin high-resolution color displays. Standard are a set of 7-inch screens, but what you truly want with this degree of vehicle would be the optional 10.25-inch screens perched atop the dash like a set of landscape-format tablets, area of the car’s $1,650 Premium Package.

The conventional Mercedes-Benz Consumer Experience (MBUX) content around the center screen could be utilized through the center touchscreen itself, the console-mounted touchpad, controls controls, or natural language-enhanced voice control, including keyword activation. Provide the system a reputation and speak with it as if you would Alexa in your own home. For instance, say something similar to ”Hey Mercedes, I’m cold” and also the MBUX system will heighten the heating and cooling temperature along the side of the automobile the voice originated from by 2 levels. Both 7- and 10.25-inch screens are suitable for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto mobile phone apps and icons. Also standard is NFC Bluetooth pairing capacity. A $1,150 optional Multimedia Package brings hi-res navigation with topographical detail, and it is Augmented Reality feature displays an active, high-res camera shot from the road ahead including traffic while an animation displays the direction from the approaching turn or navigation instruction.

More Options

The personalization possibilities continue. Within $1,500 optional breathtaking sliding dual-pane sunroof, other upgrades incorporate a wealthy-sounding 12-speaker, 590-watt Burmester surround-seem sound system, six several weeks of SiriusXM satellite radio for $460, a $200 wireless inductive phone charger for that front from the console, along with a $1,100 optional mind-up display for vehicle speed, navigation instructions, and cruise control settings.

There’s also optional AMG 19 and 20-inch wheel upgrades, $275 Mercedes-Benz emblem pool lights that illuminate the floor beneath your ft whenever you open a door, AMG Line appearance packages, along with other trim upgrades with carbon fibre-look mirror caps along with a rear spoiler. And merely because “why not,” an additional $350 will internet the GLB 250 an illuminated three-pointed star within the grille to light the way in which.

Second Row, not Second Class

Because of the GLB 250’s relatively tall roof and longish wheelbase, the 2nd-row seat offers decent headroom and legroom for 2 adults — three inside a pinch for brief distances.

The trunk seat backrests are divided 40/20/40, fold nearly flat for transporting cargo, recline to the of seven positions, and slide forefront and aft as much as 6 inches. Mercedes-Benz in some way were able to package an $850 optional third-row seating within the GLB-Class, but it’s only a perch for 2 children or small adults. There’s a total of 4 ISOFIX and TOP tether anchor points readily available for installing child safety seats within the second and third rows.

Cause the Cargo

Thinking about the GLB 250’s lightweight, the cargo hold is surprisingly accommodating. Using the second- and optional third-row seats folded, there’s 62 cubic ft of space back there. Despite the 2nd-row seat up, there’s a decent 21.5 cubic ft of cargo space in five-seat versions, as big or larger than you discover in almost any full-size sedan’s trunk. That may be elevated by as much as 6 cubic ft using the second-row seat slid to the forward-most position.

It’s all utilized using a standard power liftgate, the outlet height of which may be adjusted for parking areas with low ceilings. Although there’s some nifty hidden storage for cameras, purses, laptops, and so on underneath the rear cargo floor, don’t locate a chubby tummy hidden inside. The GLB 250 does with no spare and uses run-flat tires rather.

GLB 250 Dynamics

Simply because it’s spacious doesn’t mean it needs to be clunky. As compact SUVs go, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 is definitely an agreeable spot to spend some time. Despite its forward weight bias and all sorts of-season run-flat tires, the 4Matic-outfitted test Sports utility vehicle handled the serpentine parts of pavement within the desert hillsides and all downhill mountain tops north of Scottsdale, Arizona with reassuring calmness and predictability.

The 4-cylinder turbo might not hold the melodic charm of the six- or eight-cylinder Mercedes, however it moves this small Benz with confidence and deliberately. Ride motions are very well-controlled and the body roll is stored to some comfortable level in difficult turns. The electrically boosted steering is precise and direct, and pedal response using the standard or optional drilled-rotor AMG brakes scrubs off speed in a rush. An optional $990 adaptive damping suspension may change shock settings in tangible-time, also it offers driver-selective comfort and sport programs. Despite the conventional Dynamic Select set to Comfort mode, the GLB 250 feels capable and all sorts of-day driveable.

Safety and Driver Assist Tech

It’s a dangerous world available. Beyond the standard nine airbags, attention assist, and emergency call service, a $2,250 Driver Assistance Package bundles a lot of the GLB 250’s advanced safety and driver-assistive systems. The 2nd includes automatic emergency braking adaptive cruise control with active steering assist and speed adaptation before curves, tollbooths, and so on active published posted speed limit assist that instantly adjusts for the printed speed blind-place monitoring with active braking and lane-preserving active steering and braking assist. The brake snubs and “corrective” steering torque might be annoying on winding roads where it’s near impossible for just about any tire not to touch a white-colored-colored line or when swinging wide to avoid a sports athlete or bicyclist without signaling, but fortunately that function might be turned off. Another awesome reason for the package is lane-change assist, that could perform semi-autonomous lane change if you activate your turn signal around the four-lane highway as well as the lane is apparent.

A $1,090 Parking Assistance Package adds a surround-view camera and active parking assistance. Whenever a driver has driven past the vertical with respect or parallel parking spot for that system to size-up, it might pull to the space semi-autonomously using cameras and sensors, operating the steering, gearshift, and brakes.