Mercedes GLB SUV - Interior & comfort
The Mercedes GLB has a very modern interior that appeals to the smartphone generation
While many SUVs have been made 'sporty' in recent years, the GLB feels practical above all else. The suspension is reasonably soft to take the sting out of bumps, the steering is light and there's no clutch pedal to worry about. The result is an easy, fuss-free SUV to transport the family in comfort. Even the diesel engines are quiet (slightly quieter than Land Rover's) but there's noticeable tyre noise with 19-inch AMG Line alloy wheels fitted.
Mercedes GLB dashboard
Mercedes is rolling out its MBUX infotainment software and digital displays across its range, so the GLB doesn't feel too dissimilar to an A-Class inside. There's the same minimalist dashboard layout, with twin 10.25-inch tablet-style screens that stretch from behind the steering wheel towards the centre of the car. It looks fresh and modern, and the state-of-the-art technology is complemented by attractive leather, cool metallic trim and polished surfaces. It's better finished than its direct rivals and there's an abundance of standard kit.
Trim levels are AMG Line Executive, AMG Line Premium and AMG Line Premium Plus Night Edition, and even AMG Line Executive gets 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a reversing camera, heated front seats, a third row of seats a 10.25-inch central display. AMG Line Premium Plus costs around £2,000 more, adding a body styling kit, keyless, smartphone integration and carbon-fibre style trim.
Another £3,000 brings the specification up to AMG Line Premium Plus Night Edition with black exterior trim, a panoramic sunroof and adaptive LED headlights.
Mercedes has changed tack of late, encouraging buyers to opt for its increasingly lavish trim levels that bundle extras together, instead of picking lots of individual options. It's certainly less complicated for buyers and could help improve residual values for GLBs fitted with extra kit.