The GLB-Class is one of Mercedes-Benz’s latest models, combining the GLA’s compact dimensions and car-like drivetrain with the much more expensive GLS’ three-row seating configuration.
GLA and GLB have the same 5.1-inch wheelbase and are longer and taller, allowing seating capacity for seven people. The design is more angled than the GLA, thanks to upright D-pillars to improve third-row headroom.
Used vs. New
Have a look over the features that are added to this new model.
IIHS does not publish safety ratings for GLB classes, but in NHTSA’s 5-star system, the 2022 GLB FWD scored 4 stars overall, and the 2022 GLB AWD scored 5 stars. The GLB FWD also received a 4-star passenger side rating and rollover strength rating.
Standard active safety technology includes blind spot monitoring and automatic rain sensor wipers. Features such as adaptive cruise control, lane centering, and automatic emergency braking are also available.
Space for Cargo and Legroom
The GLB rides the same platform as the GLA class, but for a more traditional upright SUV shape, Mercedes has tucked the small available third row into the rear of the GLB, making it unique in the segment.
- 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class– 41.4/36.9-38.1 inches
- 2022 Volvo XC40 – 40.9/39.1 inches
- 2022 Audi Q3 – 40.0/39.1 inches
- 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class– 24.0-27.0/56.7-62.0 cubic feet
- 2022 Volvo XC40 – 20.7/57.5 cubic feet
- 2022 Audi Q3 – 23.7/48.0 cubic feet
What’s It Like to Drive?
It is like to drive because of the product features, have a look over it.
- Cargo Capacity – 27.0/62.0 cu-ft
- Curb Weight- 3,638 lb.
- Engine Name – 4-Cyl Turbo 2.0 Liter
- Front Headroom – 40.7 in
- Front Legroom- 41.4 in
- Front Shoulder Room- 55.9 in
- Fuel Capacity- 15.9
- Ground Clearance- 7.9 in
- GVWR N/A
- Height 65.3 in
- Horsepower- 221@5,500
- Length- 182.4 in
- Number Of Cylinders- 4
- Payload Capacity- N/A
- Rear Headroom- 39.3 in
- Rear Legroom – 38.1 in
- Rear Shoulder Room – 54.9 in
- Standard MPG- 24/32
- Tonnage – N/A
- Torque – 258@1,800
- Towing Capacity – N/A
- Transmission – 8 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode
- Transmission Type- Automatic
- Trim- GLB250
- Wheelbase- 111.4 in
- Width- 72.2 in
The newly added features in this model are the
- USB- cable in a standard format is installed on AMG GLB35.
- Premium package with GLB250, AMG GLB35, 115v outlet, and Sirius XM satellite radio.
- Rose gold paint
- Black grille
- AMG line includes a driver seat, floor mats, luxury trim, passenger seat, steering wheel, and diamond block grille with chrome pins. Sports pedals, seats with adjustable head restraints, Leather sports, Alloy sports, Tires, and carbon fibers coated on instrument panels and car doors.
- Driver Assistance package lite: It includes active emergency stop assist, Active Lane control, automatic traffic signal recognition feature, collision warning system, speed control, speed assist, lane departure warning system, overtaking sensor, traffic alerts, autonomous lane changing option, lane departure warning system, blind spot assist, and overtaking sensor.
- The exterior lighting package cost around $900.
- Multimedia package: Includes a multifunction display screen, navigation system, voice activating system, and multi-touch screen with internet facility.
- Multimedia package lite – Includes options like a navigation system, traffic signal recognition, and a voice activating system.
- Exterior Lighting Package
- Night package – It includes Mirror, Rear Apron, Black trim, bright trim, roof rails, tires, wheels, side panels painted with the high-gloss black, toned driver, toned passenger, mirror, and front splitter painted in high-gloss black.
- Parking Assistance – The package includes parking sensors, parking cameras, front camera, rear camera, side camera, and parking distance sensors.
- Engine- 4-Cyl Turbo 2.0 liter
- Transmission- 8-speed automatic with manual mode.
- Exterior Color- Cosmos black metallic, denim blue, galaxy blue, denim blue, night black, iridium silver metallic, rose gold, polar white, mountain grey metallic, and night black
- Brakes – 4-wheel Disc W/ABS, hand brake, cornering brake control, assist system, and electronic brake distribution.
- For convenience-
Air conditioning, dual-zone climate control, Engine start button, cruise speed control, cargo hooks, apps control, cupholders, connection to the external environment, Apple and Android car play, garage door opener, power locks, media control with touch screen facility, inductive wireless charger, NFC pairing, 7.0-inch multifunction display screen, power locks, power windows, smart card, telematics, a trip computer, speech to text. Text to speech, telematics, ventilation system with micro filter, voice activating system, and power outlet.
- Drive Mode: Front-Wheel Drive
- Interior: Carbon structure H62, AMG line steering wheel, floor mats, armrest, front seat center.
- Lighting: Ambient lighting, LED lighting, color ambient lighting, and LED logo projector.
- Safety: Front airbag, side airbag, front fog lights, headlight control, LED headlights, Daytime running lights, low tire pressure indicator, knee airbags, first aid kit, electronic stability program, and collision warning system. Rear side airbags, roll stability control, and seatbelt warning.
- Tires and Wheels:
P235/55R18 All season BSW run flat, wheel locking bolts (PIO), 20” AMG Multi-Spoke Wheels, 18” Twin 5-Spoke Wheels, 19” AMG Twin 5-Spoke Wheels, 18″ Alloy, single rear wheels, 19” AMG twin 5-Spoke wheels, 20” AMG Multi-Spoke Wheels Black, and 19” 10-Spoke Wheels w/ Matte Black Accents
All 2022 GLB SUVs come standard with LED headlights and a power liftgate. The standard price for the interior includes 8-way power front seats with 3-position memory, a 7.0-inch digital cluster and 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto compatibility.
Step up to the AMG GLB35, and a 10.3-inch instrument cluster and infotainment screen come standard. There’s also a steering wheel, heads-up display, navigation, and 64-color ambient lighting (all of these features are also available on the GLB250).
The powertrain is the same as the GLA, equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo 4 with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. At 302 horsepower, he also has the GLA35 and offers pleasing dynamics without sacrificing comfort. Since its introduction, Mercedes has added standard blind spot monitoring.
All 2022 GLB SUVs are ready with a 2.0-liter turbocharged in-line 4-cylinder engine. The GLB250 FWD and 4Matic AWD use a 221-horsepower unit and an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The AMG GLB35 turbocharged 4-cylinder is boosted to 302 horsepower and is mated to an 8-speed automatic. AMG models come standard with AWD.
The 2022 GLB250 FWD has the highest rating of the model line at EPA estimated 24/32 mpg city/highway. That’s a slight improvement over the 22/29 mpg 2.0-liter Turbo 4 in the 2022 Lincoln Corsair FWD and just short of the 23/32 mpg in the 2022 Volvo XC40 T4 FWD.
Going with AWD, the GLB250 is good for 22/30 mpg. Those numbers drop to 20/27 mpg on the GLB35 AWD model.
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class is available in three trim levels: GLB250, GLB250 4Matic AWD, and AMG GLB35. The price jump to the AMG GLB35 is well above the standard model’s low price tag, so we think the GLB250 4Matic is the best fit. Aside from dynamic improvements (more power, AMG performance gearbox, AWD system), the only things AMG models do better than non-AMG models are larger screens, AMG steering wheels, and LED taillights.
If you’re looking for a more powerful SUV, consider the GLA35 or GLC43. Otherwise, if you don’t mind the third row of seats available, the GLA250 might be a better choice.
Which One We Would Recommend
Don’t let the subcompact SUV classification fool you. The GLB250 and the AMG GLB35 feel spacious in the first and second row, but the third row is mainly for small children. The comfortable front seats and surroundings are mostly copied from those found in the GLA. The cabin let us down with the intrusive wind, tire noise at highway speeds, and a frustrating infotainment system interface, but otherwise, it was a comfortable place to be.
Our opinion of GLB worsened the more time we spent in rugged roads. After testing the GLB250 we found that the suspension didn’t absorb minor vibrations, and the transmission, which made the most of its 221 horsepower, shifted frequently.