MERCEDES-BENZ Glb Estate

GLB 200 AMG Line 5dr 7G-Tronic

MERCEDES-BENZ Glb Estate - GLB 200 AMG Line 5dr 7G-Tronic

Vehicle Information

List Price
£36,945.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Petrol
Fuel Consumption
47.9 MPG
0-62 mph
9.1 secs
Engine Size
1.3
No. of Doors
5
CO2
163 g/km
By Line

We didn't expect Mercedes to launch an SUV like the GLB, but we're glad it has. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

The Mercedes GLB delivers to the market the first properly practical mid-sized SUV from the Three-Pointed Star. There's enough room for seven seats, enough capability for light off road excursions and enough of a premium feel to make other class rivals feel rather low rent. In short, it's a potentially appealing package.

Background

So, yet another Mercedes SUV - this is actually the eighth. But this one has a little more substance than its compact stablemates. The GLA suits only quite small families and the GLC is too expensive for larger ones - and can't be ordered with the third seating row that many of them need. In the same way that at the top of the Stuttgart brand's SUV range, the G-Class offered a practical alternative to a GLE, such is the role of a GLB against a GLA or a GLC. Still with me? If you are, then you'll be interested in the way that Mercedes wants to use this car to address a growing niche on the mid-sized family SUV class, that for seven seats. The VW Group currently does quite well here with ones like the Skoda Kodiaq, the SEAT Tarraco and the VW Tiguan Allspace. The Koreans provide the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Sorento, plus there are 7-seat versions of the Nissan X-Trail and the Honda CR-V. There have to be buyers in that sub-sector who'd like a premium badge. The GLB, mostly offered in 7-seat form, caters directly to them.

Driving Experience

The GLB offers the same engine and powertrain combinations that you'll find in other compact Mercedes models. This means that the starting point to the range is provided by the same Renault-derived 1.3 litre petrol turbo engine you'll find in an A-Class. In the GLB 200, it puts out 163hp and drives the front wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox. If you want the option of 4MATIC 4WD, you'll need to move to a diesel, the 150hp GLB 200d. In the next model up, the GLB 220d with 190hp, you have to have the 4MATIC system, a variant that can be specified with an optional off-road engineering package. This gives you hill start and descent assistance, LED Multibeam headlights and an extra off-road driving mode which includes a special infotainment display showing gradient, technical settings and your various incline angles. At the top of the range sits the Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 performance model, which gets the 306hp 2.0-litre turbo petrol unit from the A 35 hot hatch. Power comes through an 8-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox with a race start function. Plus there's an AMG Dynamic Select driving modes system that as well as the three modes featured in other GLBs ('Comfort', 'Sport' and 'Individual') also features two further ones ('Slippery' and 'Sport+').

Design and Build

The look of the GLB draws inspiration from Mercedes' grand 'G-Class' 'Gelandewagen' - which you need to know because otherwise, you might wonder why it's quite so squarical and van-like. Even Designer Robert Lesnik describes it as 'a box with rounded edges'. The dimensions are a little confusing too, this car actually being almost the same size as the GLC model it supposedly sits beneath in the Mercedes SUV line-up; this GLB's 4.63m length sees it measuring in only 21mm shorter than a GLC - and it's actually 18mm taller than that car. Inside buyers get much the same 'widescreen cockpit' instrument layout as you'll find on all the company's modern compact models. And as usual, it's controlled by the brand's MBUX voice-activated interface. All this hardware integrates into a rather unusually shaped dashboard, this one with an aluminium-look 'tubular' lower element. In the second row, the boxy shape contributes towards quite a spacious feel. And if you're going for a GLB with 7 seats, you'll get an easy-entry feature to reach them. As for the boot space, well there's 560-litres of it in the 5-seat model, which to give you some perspective is 140-litres more than you'd get in an Audi Q5. And you can expand that by flattening the 40:20:40-split backrest to free up 1,755-litres. In 7-seat GLBs, the third row pews fold flat into the floor when not in use.

Market and Model

Pricing starts at around £34,000 and there are four trim levels - 'Sport', 'AMG Line', 'AMG Line Premium' and 'AMG Line Premium Plus', with prices in the mainstream range rising up to around £46,000. Generally, you have to have seven seats, though Mercedes does offer a single five-seat GLB 220d 4MATIC model with mid-range 'AMG Line Premium' trim and a price tag of around £42,000. Think in terms of over £50,000 for the top high performance Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4MATIC variant. All mainstream models are well equipped. Even entry-level 'Sport' variants come as standard with 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, the 'Dynamic Select' driving mode system and LED headlights and tail lights. Plus across the range you get a 180-degree reversing camera, aluminium roof rails, two-zone Thermotronic climate control, heated front seats and Artico man-made leather upholstery. Infotainment includes a DAB tuner, a six-speaker/100 watt sound system, a seven-inch digital cockpit display and seven-inch touchscreen media display, the MBUX multimedia system and 'Hey Mercedes' voice activation. Plus you get Mercedes me connect (which includes emergency call system (eCall), accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance management). Standard safety and assistance equipment includes Active Brake Assist, Active bonnet, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Attention Assist, Speed Limit Assist, and Keyless-Go locking and unlocking.

Cost of Ownership

The engines used here deliver decent returns in other Mercedes compact models, so we'd expected the same from the GLB - which is broadly how it turns out. The base petrol GLB 200 manages a 47.1mpg WLTP-rated combined cycle reading, plus a 138g/km NEDC-rated CO2 emissions reading. For the GLB 200d diesel, the figures are up to 56.5mpg and 133g/km in 2WD form, or up to 51.4mpg and 145g/km as a 4MATIC. The GLB 220d 4MATIC diesel manages 51.4mpg and 146g/km of CO2. As you'd expect, the Mercedes after-care package is comprehensive, with a three-year unlimited mileage warranty that's matches BMW. This is built upon by Mercedes' Mobilo scheme which delivers breakdown cover for up to thirty years, as long as you continue to have your car serviced at a Mercedes main dealer. Ah yes, maintenance. As usual with one of the Stuttgart brand's models, there's an ASSYST PLUS dashboard service indicator that monitors engine use and tells you exactly when a garage visit is due. Fixed price servicing is available across the range and most buyers opt for the Mercedes ServiceCare plan that could cost you as little as about £28 a month based either on a two-service/two year deal, three years with three services or four years with four services.

Summary

At first glance, you might think the GLB an unnecessary further addition to the Mercedes SUV line-up. After looking closely at what it has to offer, we've ended up concluding that going forward, it's likely to be a vital part of it. The brand has never before offered a car in this class that's really practical for a growing family, yet remains reasonably affordable. This is it. Are there issues? Well probably, you could pay slightly less and get a slightly bigger seven-seat SUV in this class from a volume brand but after trying a GLB, we think you may not want to. It has a premium, desirable feel that cars like SEAT's Tarraco, Skoda's Kodiaq, Hyundai's Santa Fe and even Volkswagen's Tiguan Allspace struggle to match. And the interior technology of those cars seems rather yesteryear compared to the cabin media tech on offer here. You probably won't have started off wanting a GLB in this class. But take a look at one and, if you're prepared to pay a slight premium, you could find it a difficult package to overlook.

Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
BODY GLASS
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Heated glass rear windscreen timer control
  • Privacy glass with dark tinting on rear side windows and rear window
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
BRAKES
  • Active brake assist includes forward collision warning system with autonomous braking
  • Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assist
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Electronic stability programme with acceleration skid control
  • ESP curve dynamic assist
  • Front brake callipers with Mercedes Benz lettering
CARPETS/RUGS
  • Black floor mats with AMG lettering
CHASSIS/SUSPENSION
  • Comfort suspension
COMMUNICATION
  • Hey Mercedes Voice activation
  • Radio aerial integrated into front and rear windshields
DRIVER AIDS
  • 180 degree reversing camera
  • Active lane keeping assist
  • Attention assist - Monitors steering behaviour and long journey fatigue
  • Cruise control with limiter
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport and Individual)
  • Mercedes me remote services
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • Car wash mode
  • Easy-pack tailgate
  • ECO start/stop function
  • Parameter steering system
DRIVER INFORMATION
  • 7 inch digital instrument cluster display
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • Fluid level warning indicator for fuel, oil, coolant and washer fluid
  • Lamp failure indicator
  • MBUX multimedia system with DAB digital radio and touchpad including satellite navigation
  • Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Owners manual and service booklet in English
  • Pre-installation of private car share
  • Service indicator (ASSYST)
  • Speed limit assist
  • Trip computer in multifunction display with current consumption indicator
DRIVING MIRRORS
  • Body coloured door mirror caps
  • Electric adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED side indicators
EMBELLISHMENT TRIMS
  • Black air vents with chrome surround
  • Carbon structure trim
ENGINE
  • 52 litre fuel tank
ENTERTAINMENT
  • 7 inch digital media screen display
  • DAB digital radio tuner
  • Hard disk navigation
  • Mercedes Benz sound system (100 W) with 6 speakers
  • Pre installation for Mercedes Benz Link
  • USB (type C) port in front stowage compartment
  • USB (type C) ports (2) in stowage compartment
EXTERIOR BODY FEATURES
  • Aerial for GPS
  • AMG bodystyling door panels black grained with chrome plated inserts
  • AMG bodystyling front apron with chrome splitter
  • AMG bodystyling rear apron with diffuser optics and chrome trim element
  • AMG specific front and rear bumper including underride guard in high gloss chrome
  • Beltline strips and weather strip in chrome
  • Body coloured door handles
  • Exhaust system with dual flow exhaust pipes (non-functional)
  • Polished aluminium roof rails
  • Radiator grille with pins in chrome and single louvre with chrome insert
  • Solid paint
  • Two visible tailpipe trim elements exhaust
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Headlamp assist automatic headlamp activation
  • High level LED third brake light
  • LED high performance headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lamp
  • Rear fog lamp
HEATING/COOLING/VENTILATION
  • Air conditioning - Two zone thermotronic luxury automatic climate control with display
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 3 spoke multifunction sport steering wheel in nappa leather
  • AMG sports pedals with brushed stainless steel surfaces and black rubber studs
  • Artico man-made leather/Microfibre Dinamica upholstery with red contrast stitching
  • Black roof lining
  • Fore/aft adjustment rear seats
  • Freight packaging with tie-down hooks
  • Front centre armrest with stowage
  • Front door sills with Mercedes benz lettering
  • Front passenger grab handle with brushed side silver chrome
  • Galvanished gear shift paddles on steering wheel
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Luggage net on driver/front passenger seat backrest
  • Net in front passenger footwell
  • Rear armrest with two integral cup holders for drinks
  • Stowage compartment in centre console
  • Stowage compartment with retractable cover
  • Third row of seats for two people on rear seat
  • Touchpad on center console
  • Twin front cup holders
INTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Interior mirror with black reading lamps and frameless
PACKS
  • Interior lighting with light and sight pack - GLB
  • Seat comfort pack - GLB
SAFETY
  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • Active bonnet pedestrain safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet by 65mm
  • Airbags - kneebag for driver
  • Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
  • Crash responsive emergency lighting
  • Driver and front passenger head and sidebags
  • Driver and front passenger windowbags
  • Dual stage driver and front passenger airbags
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front passenger seat occupancy sensor
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
SEATS
  • Automatic child seat recognition sensor
  • Heated front seats
  • Sports seats with adjustable head restraints
  • Third row of seats with isofix and top tether child seat fixing points
  • Two outer rear seat isofix and top tether child seat fixing points
SECURITY
  • KEYLESS-GO starting function
  • Remote central locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
  • Urban guard vehicle protection - Anti theft alarm system, tow away protection with visual and acoustic warning and alarm siren
  • Vehicle key with decorative surround in chrome
TRANSMISSION
  • Rear axle multi-link
WHEELS
  • Summer tyres
WHEELS - ALLOY
  • 19" AMG 5 twin spoke light alloy wheels painted in tantalite grey with high sheen finish
WHEELS - SPARE
  • Tirefit tyre sealant kit
Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
  • CO: 0.197
  • CO2: 134
  • HC: 28E
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Noise Level dB(A): 69
  • NOx: 0.029
  • Particles: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Bore: 72.2
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 1332
  • Compression Ratio: 10.6:1
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Fuel Type: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Stroke: 81.4
  • Valve gear: DOHC
  • EC: Data Not Available
  • EC Combined: 47.9
  • EC Extra Urban: 56.5
  • EC Urban: 38.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 9.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 6.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 7.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 7.2
  • Any aspect of the vehicles safety cause concern?: Data Not Available
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: N
  • Coin Series: AMG Line
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 74
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 5
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 163
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 1.3
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: M1
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 92
  • Special Edition: Data Not Available
  • Special Order: Data Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • This vehicle is classed as a car for VED purposes: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: 78
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 88
  • 0 to 60: Data Not Available
  • 0 to 62: 9.1
  • BHP: 163
  • Engine Power KW: 120
  • Engine Power RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT: 184
  • Engine Torque MKG: 25.5
  • Engine Torque NM: 250
  • Engine Torque RPM: 1620
  • PS: True
  • Top Speed: 129
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: Data Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: AMG 5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Height: 1659
  • Height (including roof rails): 1659
  • Length: 4634
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.7
  • Wheelbase: 2829
  • Width (excluding mirrors): 1834
  • Width (including mirrors): 2020
  • Boot Capacity Saloons: 570
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 52
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2085
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 1805
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1555
  • No. of Seats: 7
  • Payload: 530
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Your Deal Summary
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£343.64
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£3,092.80 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£286.37
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,577.33 Ex VAT
Contract Term (9 + 47)
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
List Price
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Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
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TBC
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
An Arrangement Fee will be applied. Charges for excess mileage and/or damage may apply at the end of the contract.
Personal lease
£343.64
Initial payment (Inc VAT)
£3,092.80
Business lease
£286.37
Initial payment (Ex VAT)
£2,577.33
Your Deal Summary
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£343.64
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£3,092.80 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£286.37
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,577.33 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
List Price
36,945.00
Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
Excess Mileage
TBC
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
Vehicle Information
List Price
£36,945.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Petrol
Fuel Consumption
47.9 MPG
0-62 mph
9.1 secs
Engine Size
1.3
No. of Doors
5
CO2
163 g/km
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Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£343.64
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£3,092.80 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£286.37
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,577.33 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC

MERCEDES-BENZ Glb Estate

GLB 200 AMG Line 5dr 7G-Tronic

MERCEDES-BENZ GLB ESTATE AMG Line*Model Shown is for illustration purposes only.
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£343.64
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£3,092.80 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£286.37
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,577.33 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC