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Mercedes-Benz GLB verdict

2019 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 54.0

Written by Keith WR Jones Published: 9 November 2023 Updated: 13 November 2023

Should you buy one?

Yes, if you’re looking for a seven-seater that’s a little bit different to the rest. The Mercedes-Benz GLB is a convincing, if pricey, option, though. Space in the third row of seats is tighter than with a Skoda Kodiaq or Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, yet in return you get a car that’s nicer to drive, has a better interior and features the all-important Mercedes-Benz badge.

There’s also the small matter of the Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4Matic performance version. The novelty factor of a seven-seater that’s as fast as a hot-hatchback will be lost on many, yet for those interested it’s in a class of its own – even if the price might be rather eye-watering on paper.

One word of warning, however, it’s worth waiting to see our review of the GLB when fitted with standard passive suspension, as all international press drives were done on the adaptive suspension that won’t be available in the UK.

We reckon that you should be aiming for at least the AMG Line Premium model, as this comes as standard with the 10.25-inch infotainment display and digital cockpit, both of which make the cabin feel far more special than the standard 7.0-inch versions. Other goodies such as augmented reality sat-nav and upgraded sound system also come with AMG Line Premium.

As for engines, the 200 d will do everything you’re likely to require, although the 220 d may be better suited if you want that bit more flexibility.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB rear static

Further reading:

> The best seven-seater SUVs
> How good is the GLB’s little brother, the Mercedes GLA?
> Our Parkers star ratings explained

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