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 Sport, AMG Line, AMG Line Premium and AMG Line Premium Plus, and even Sport gets 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a reversing camera, heated front seats, a third row of seats and two seven-inch displays. AMG Line costs around £1,500 more, adding 19-inch wheels, a body styling kit, tinted glass, sports seats and a rear armrest.
Another £3,000 brings the specification up to AMG Line Premium, with keyless entry and start, ambient lighting, Parktronic, augmented reality navigation and twin 10.25-inch screens. It also adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless smartphone charging and an upgraded 10-speaker sound system. Premium Plus is suited to long-distance drivers, adding driving assistance features to make motorway driving safer and more relaxing, along with adaptive LED headlights and a panoramic sunroof.
Mercedes has changed tack of late, encouraging buyers to opt for its AMG Line Premium and Premium Plus trims 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.