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MERCEDES-BENZ GLB ESTATE

GLB 200 AMG Line 5dr 7G-Tronic

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

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.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency45.60mpg
Emissions
Emissions162.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed129mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 180 degree reversing camera
  • 7 inch digital instrument cluster display
  • Active lane keeping assist
  • Attention assist - Monitors steering behaviour and long journey fatigue
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • Cruise control with limiter
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport and Individual)
  • Easy-pack tailgate
  • ECO start/stop function
  • Fluid level warning indicator for fuel, oil, coolant and washer fluid
  • Hey Mercedes Voice activation
  • Lamp failure indicator
  • Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Owners manual and service booklet in English
  • Parameter steering system
  • Pre-installation for Vehicle Monitoring
  • Pre-installation for Vehicle set up
  • Pre-installation of private car share
  • Radio aerial integrated into front and rear windshields
  • Service indicator (ASSYST)
  • Speed limit assist
  • Trip computer in multifunction display with current consumption indicator

Entertainment

  • 7 inch digital media screen display
  • DAB digital radio tuner
  • Hard disk navigation
  • MBUX multimedia system
  • 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 rear of stowage compartment

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • 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
  • Body coloured door mirror caps
  • Electric adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED side indicators
  • Exhaust system with dual flow exhaust pipes (non-functional)
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Headlamp assist automatic headlamp activation
  • Heated glass rear windscreen + timer control
  • High level LED third brake light
  • LED high performance headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lamp
  • Polished aluminium roof rails
  • Privacy glass with dark tinting on rear side windows and rear window
  • Radiator grille with pins in chrome and single louvre with chrome insert
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Rear fog lamp
  • Two visible tailpipe trim elements exhaust

Interior Features

  • 3 spoke multifunction sport steering wheel in nappa leather
  • Air conditioning - Two zone thermotronic luxury automatic climate control with display
  • AMG sports pedals with brushed stainless steel surfaces and black rubber studs
  • Artico man-made leather/Microfibre Dinamica upholstery with red contrast stitching
  • Automatic child seat recognition sensor
  • Black floor mats with AMG lettering
  • Black roof lining
  • 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
  • Heated front seats
  • 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
  • Spectacles compartment for driver
  • Sports seats with adjustable head restraints
  • Stowage compartment in centre console
  • Stowage compartment with retractable cover
  • Third row of seats for two people on rear seat
  • Third row of seats with isofix and top tether child seat fixing points
  • Touchpad on center console
  • Twin front cup holders
  • Two outer rear seat isofix and top tether child seat fixing points

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
  • Active brake assist includes forward collision warning system with autonomous braking
  • Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assist
  • Airbags - kneebag for driver
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • 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
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Electronic stability programme with acceleration skid control
  • ESP curve dynamic assist
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front brake callipers with Mercedes Benz lettering
  • Front passenger seat occupancy sensor
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Alarm system with immobiliser and interior protection -Thatcham category 1
  • KEYLESS-GO starting function
  • Remote central locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
  • Vehicle key with decorative surround in chrome

Technical

  • 52 litre fuel tank
  • Comfort suspension
  • Rear axle multi-link

Trim

  • Black air vents with chrome surround
  • Carbon structure trim

Wheels

  • 19" AMG 5 twin spoke light alloy wheels painted in tantalite grey with high sheen finish
  • Summer tyres
  • Tirefit tyre sealant kit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.197
  • CO2 (g/km)
    134
  • HC
    0.029
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    69
  • NOx
    0.029
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    162

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1332
  • Compression Ratio
    10.6:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    72.2
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    81.4
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    7 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    47.9
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    56.5
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    38.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    9.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    30.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    40.4

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.3
  • Badge Power
    163
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    AMG Line
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    24E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    30
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    92
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    88
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    78
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    74
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    15500
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    9.1
  • Engine Power - 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
  • Top Speed
    129

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • 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

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    Not Available
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1659
  • Length
    4634
  • Wheelbase
    2829
  • Width
    1834
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2020

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    52
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2085
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1805
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    570
  • Max. Loading Weight
    530
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1555
  • No. of Seats
    7
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.7
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Customer Reviews

   
Mike Lowe

Mike Lowe

"Have to give the whole team at Silverstone a massive 5 stars ( my wife would have given them 6 stars for having to deal with me :-) ) From start to finish a truly professional service for the three cars that myself and my colleges chose for company cars, working with Tom and Michelle has been a pleasure, speed of response to questions has been quick and precise. Thank you and would defiantly recommend Silverstone for your leasing partner."

"6 months ago"

Lewis Higginson

Lewis Higginson

"First time using Silverstone Fleet Management & would recommend them to everyone. Tom & Michelle were excellent. Both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Always keeping me up to date & nothing was too much of an ask. Couldn't be happier with my car & look forward to using Silverstone Fleet Management in the future."

"2 months ago"

Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"5 months ago"

Scott Wall

Scott Wall

"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

"5 months ago"

Liam Beck

Liam Beck

"From initial enquiry, to keeping us informed of the car’s delivery progress, to the vehicle collection, the whole lease process with Ryan & the Silverstone Team was excellent. Myself and my partner have been really impressed by everything and hence have since recommended Silverstone to friends and family who are looking at leasing plans for later this year."

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