The Mercedes-Benz GLB bridges the gap between the GLA and GLC compact SUVs with an optional seven-seat configuration. Besides just good looking, the Mercedes-Benz GLB is a great proposition for those who can’t make the more stylish GLA work with their lifestyle. As a newcomer in the market segment, the new GLB is finally in South Africa and we take a look at some of the attributes that make it a compelling alternative to the competition in this first look review.

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Dimensions

In terms of dimensions, the Mercedes-Benz GLB’s wheelbase measures 2,829mm making its 10 cm longer than the current B-Class. It is 4,634 mm long, 1,834 mm wide and 1,659 mm in height. Headroom in the first row of seats is rated at 967 mm. The boot space capacity is rated at 570-litres with all the seats raised and folding the seats further expands it up to 1,805-litres.

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Interior Features

Inside, the Mercedes-Benz GLB is fitted with a widescreen cockpit with control and display via MBUX. There is also an off-road tubular element in an aluminium look, which rounds off the lower section of the instrument panel and houses the three-round centre air vents.

Mercedes-Benz GLB Interior

Engines and Transmisisons

The new Mercedes-Benz GLB can be had in two engine flavours; 250 and 220d. The former wields a four-cylinder petrol engine that churns out 165 kW and 350 Nm of torque. The latter the 220d features a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel powerplant with 140 kW and 400 Nm.

Both variants are driven by an 8-speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels in the 250 and all four wheels in the case of the 220d via the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. Speaking of performance, the GLB250 hurtles from a standstill to 100 km/h in 7.1 seconds while the GLB220d completes the same sprint in 7.6 seconds.

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Fuel Consumption

The Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 proves to be frugal at a combined fuel consumption of 8.4l/100km and 5.7l/100km for the GLB220d. The max CO2 emissions are rated at 171 g/km for the 250 and 144 g/km for the 220d.

Pricing and Warranty

Mercedes-Benz charges R907,000 for the GLB250 and R918,000 for the GLB220d. The prices include service and maintenance contracts plus a two-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty and a five-year/100 000km service plan.

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What We Like: Comfortable, Plush Cabin

What We Don’t Like: Limited engine choices