So Mercedes created a car that sits between its GLA-class and the GLC-class. It created the 2020 Mercedes Benz GLB 250. It is a compact crossover that Mercedes hopes will attract a new demographic of customers.
The exterior box style of the 2020 Mercedes Benz GLB 250 is reminiscent of the GLE and GLC SUVs. While it is an inch shorter than the GLC class cars it does offer a third-row something the GLC and GLA cannot offer.
Now the base price for the model is pretty cheap for a Mercedes but if you keep adding the features and upgrade the trip it will become as expensive as other luxury models.
However, the spacious crossover comes with amazing tech and standard equipment that you will not get from its contemporaries. So let’s check out what the new Mercedes Benz GLB 250 offers.
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So Why The 2020 Mercedes Benz GLB 250?
The aim of Mercedes with this model is to expand its SUV lineup. It hopes to get into the crossover market with the spacious subcompact to compete with cars from other manufacturers.
Mercedes Benz GLB 250 Price
So the base price of the GLB 250 is set around 37,595 dollars and the GLB250 4Matic will cost you around 39,595. And with those versions, you can also add heated seats and the Premium package. The premium package has a lot of features.
It includes blind-spot monitoring, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-folding side-view mirrors, keyless entry with push-button start, and dual 10.3-inch digital displays for the infotainment and gauge cluster. The GLB 250 exterior can also have an AMG Line body kit.
Now you can skip that because it will only give you the outlook of a Mercedes AMG but not its performance. Mercedes has said that they will release AMG versions of the GLB in the near future so we’ll look into it when they do.
2020 Mercedes Benz GLB 250 Engine, Transmission, And Performance
So the GLB 250 has a front-mounted turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 221 horsepower. It has an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that can be paired with front- or all-wheel drive.
Mercedes has said that the GLB 250 will go from 0 to 60 in about 6.9 seconds which is commendable. The 2020 CLA250 has the same engine and it didn’t seem very sporty so we have our reservations about the GLB 250s sportiness.
GLB 250’s Fuel Economy & MPG
There haven’t been any real-world testing done for the Mercedes Benz GLB 250 so a true estimate cannot be given. However, the combined MPG for the GLB stands at 26 mpg for the front-wheel drive. The numbers that have been touted are 31 mpg on the highway and 23 in the city.
The AWD version pretty much boasts the same numbers except for the highway. For the AWD the highway mpg is estimated to be around 30. Now, these numbers are quite commendable for crossovers but are slightly lower than the EPA-estimated mileage for the BMW X1. This is the car that has been dominating the luxury crossover market as of late.
Mercedes Benz GLB 250 Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The first look at the 2020 Mercedes Benz GLB 250 and you know that it’s spacious. With the GLB 250, you will be able to get at least 20 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seats.
Now when you fold the back seats it becomes at least 62 cubic feet. Now, this is vastly spacious than its competitors and is almost equal to cars that are one size bigger. It is so spacious that it almost matches the space inside the BMW X3. Now we won’t say that the base price GLB 250 isn’t worth it. It is pretty amazing for its price.
The standard version comes with standard power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a manually adjustable steering wheel. But for us to get the premium Merc feel you need to get some add-ons and that will cost you extra.
You can add heated ventilated seats and even third-row seats. While they will increase the price but you will get added comfort and extra seating space if you have a big family.
You can also add some additional features to your GLB 250 like outfitting the car with leather upholstery and interior ambient lighting. Now if you think that the interior offerings are a bit underwhelming I won’t blame you.
We also believe Mercedes could have done better. But at the base price of offering it seems like a bargain. This becomes even more evident when you see that the standard version comes equipped with a 7.0-inch digital gauge display and a 7.0-inch touchscreen.
Now with the premium package, you can add dual 10.3-inch screens. Also, you can add a color head-up display which comes as a separate add-on for the GLB. While the standard version doesn’t come with wireless charging it does offer great connectivity.
The standard version has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, four USB-C ports, and Bluetooth for all your devices. Now obviously Mercedes offers wireless charging options but it will cost you an additional 200 dollars.
Safety & Driver-Assistance
The Mercedes GLB 250 has only been unveiled. This is why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has yet to test the car.
Even though we don’t know how it performs and what its safety standards are we do know what it offers. The standard version comes equipped with cruise control, active brake assist, and adaptive braking, and the available safety features include adaptative cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and active blind-spot assist.
These features suggest that the safety standard for the GLB 250 is set pretty high with many manufacturers not even offering many of these features.
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Capturing A New Market?
While the regular warranty you get from the Mercedes Benz GLB is competitive with its contemporaries it lacks in one thing. What it doesn’t offer is the complimentary scheduled maintenance like the X1 or the Jaguar E-Pace.
And considering all that it offers many people think that Mercedes is late to the game of subcompact crossovers. Companies like BMW, Audi, and Volvo have a big lead that is true but we are not counting the GLB out just yet.
So with that being said the AutopartsZ 2020 Mercedes Benz GLB 250 review is complete. So how do you like the GLB so far? Are you at all excited about its upcoming release? Do you think it will create waves in the market?
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