New 2019 Mercedes GLB: prices, specs and release date
Mercedes GLB SUV on sale now costing from £34,200
The all-new 2019 Mercedes GLB family SUV is on sale now, costing from £34,200, with the first customer deliveries expected this December. Prices span up to £45,950 for the GLB 220 d 4MATIC in the top AMG Line Premium Plus trim with seven seats.
Based on the Mercedes A-Class platform, the GLB measures in at 4.63m and provides enough space inside for a third row of seats. According to Mercedes, the rear seats can comfortably accommodate passengers up to 5’6” tall. Thanks to a longer wheelbase (the distance between front and rear wheels) than the A-Class, the GLB is only 22mm shorter than the GLC - and it’s actually slightly taller. The space for seven seats means the GLB is boxier than its siblings. In fact, it more closely resembles a baby Mercedes G-Class or GLS.
The choice of engines is broadly similar to the A-Class hatchback, only without the option of the entry-level 1.3-litre petrol or 1.5-litre diesel engines. Besides the GLB 200 petrol engine, all are 2.0-litres in size and offer 148bhp or 187bhp. In time, we expect a more powerful Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 model to join the line-up, offering just over 300bhp.
The GLB 200 petrol gets from 0-62mph in 9.1 seconds and returns up to 47.1mpg, with CO2 emissions of 138g/km. Choose a diesel and the GLB 200 d is available with front- or four-wheel drive, getting from 0-62mph in around nine seconds and returning 56.5mpg. The range-topping GLB 220 d 4MATIC with 187bhp gets from 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds and returns up to 51.4mpg with emissions of 146g/km.
As it's around £5,000 cheaper than the GLC, the GLB won’t get any six-cylinder engines or the option of air suspension. All models come with an automatic gearbox; the cheapest petrol has a seven-speed automatic gearbox, while all other versions come with an eight-speed dual-clutch auto. Four-wheel drive (called 4MATIC) is available on the GLB 200 d and is standard on the 220 d.
The cabin of the GLB has been filled with parts from the A-Class, along with a uniquely shaped dashboard. The twin widescreen digital dial and infotainment screens are lifted straight from the A-Class and feature Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system, complete with the ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice control system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported, and up to three USB-C ports are offered in the front. This car also has a panoramic sunroof, which is likely to be an optional extra.
Trim levels start with Sport, getting 18-inch alloy wheels, LED exterior lighting, a rear-view camera, dual-zone climate control and Artico synthetic leather upholstery. AMG Line trims add 19-inch wheels, a sportier looking AMG body kit, privacy glass and a combination of Artico and microfibre upholstery.
Five-seat GLB models will have a 560-litre boot, which is 55 litres more than the boot of a BMW X1. Fold the rear seats down and you’ll have 1,755 litres of space - 200 litres more than the X1. However, with all seats up in a seven-seat model, there’s just 130 litres of boot space, which is only enough room for a couple of soft bags. Mercedes has included phone storage cubbies with USB-C chargers in the third row, and the GLB is available with up to four ISOFIX child-seat mounting points.