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Mercedes-Benz’s new GLB is both versatile SUV and spacious family car. Image: Supplied

Mercedes-Benz ups the stakes in the compact SUV sector

The brand’s new GLB will give people looking to enter or upgrade to the SUV market a lot to think about.

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Mercedes-Benz’s new GLB is both versatile SUV and spacious family car. Image: Supplied

The first Mercedes-Benz in the compact segment to offer the option of seven seats, the GLB is powered by choice of updated four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines that offer more power, torque and reduced emissions. 

Adding to the attraction of the vehicle are short overhangs and off-road-oriented design, standard LED headlight and 4MATIC all-wheel drive in the GLB 220d, elements that make the GLB simultaneously a versatile SUV and a spacious family car.

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The GLB is 10cm longer than the new B Class and has plenty of boot space. Image: Supplied

Two model choices

South Africans can choose between the GLB 250 and the GLB 220d, which will be available at launch.

The GLB 250 offers a combined fuel consumption of 7.4-7.1 litres per 100km, with combined CO2 emissions of 168g/km. The two-litre diesel engine in the GLB 220d 4MATIC offers a combined fuel consumption of 5.4-5.1litres per 100km and combined CO2 emissions of 144g/km.

The GLB is 10cm longer than the new B Class. The two optional additional individual seats can comfortably accommodate people up to 1.68m tall.

The boot compartment capacity is 570 to 1,805 litres, with the second row of seats moving forward and backwards, thus enabling the boot to be enlarged by up to 190 litres. 

Comfort in the third row

Comfort details in the third row include two drinks holders between the seats as well as two storage compartments with rubberised insert on the left and right in the load compartment trim, each housing a USB port.

Seats can be lowered so they are flush with the load compartment floor to extend the load compartment.

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MBUX is an advanced multimedia infotainment system that’s fitted to several of Mercedes-Benz’s latest models. Image: Supplied

Driving assistance systems

Driving assistance systems feature improved camera and radar systems that allow the GLB to see up to 500m ahead and drive in a semi-automated mode in certain situations.

The MBUX infotainment system offers powerful computer, bright screens and graphics, customisable presentation, full-colour head-up display, with optional navigation and augmented reality, learning software and voice control activated with the prompt “Hey Mercedes”.

Off-road orientation

The exterior design of the GLB emphasises the off-road focus of the vehicle. It has an upright front section, striking headlamps and short overhangs at the front and rear.

The muscular vehicle shoulder dominates the side view at the height of the C-pillar, an effect reinforced by the rising waistline. The doors reach over the sidebar, improving ease of access, and keep the door apertures free of soiling as well as increasing protection in a side impact.

The GLB 220d 4M is equipped with the permanent 4MATIC all-wheel system, with fully variable torque distribution. The off-road engineering package is standard on the GLB 220d 4M and includes an additional drive mode that adapts the power delivery of the engine for off-road driving in easy terrain.

This is not available in the GLB 250.

Entry prices are:

  • R 831,000 for the GLB 250
  • R 841,000 for the GLB 220 d 4MATIC.