Mercedes GLB review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Mercedes GLB 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Mercedes GLB 2021 RHD
  • Mercedes GLB 2020 RHD rear tracking
  • Mercedes GLB 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Mercedes GLB 2020 RHD rear seats
  • Mercedes GLB 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Mercedes GLB 2021 RHD front cornering
  • Mercedes GLB 2021 RHD right panning
  • Mercedes GLB 2021 RHD right rear tracking
  • Mercedes GLB 2020 RHD front exterior
  • Mercedes GLB 2021 RHD right side exterior
  • Mercedes GLB 2021 RHD rear exterior
  • Mercedes GLB 2021 RHD front seats
  • Mercedes GLB 2021 RHD third-row seats
  • Mercedes GLB 2021 RHD boot open
  • Mercedes GLB 2021 RHD
  • Mercedes GLB 2020 RHD rear tracking
  • Mercedes GLB 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Mercedes GLB 2020 RHD rear seats
  • Mercedes GLB 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Mercedes GLB 2021 RHD front cornering
  • Mercedes GLB 2021 RHD right panning
  • Mercedes GLB 2021 RHD right rear tracking
  • Mercedes GLB 2020 RHD front exterior
  • Mercedes GLB 2021 RHD right side exterior
  • Mercedes GLB 2021 RHD rear exterior
  • Mercedes GLB 2021 RHD front seats
  • Mercedes GLB 2021 RHD third-row seats
  • Mercedes GLB 2021 RHD boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

Looking at brochure prices, the GLB is competitively pitched against its premium seven-seat rival, the Land Rover Discovery Sport, as well as posh five-seat SUVs, such as the Audi Q5. If you aren't overly bothered about a premium badge, though, there are more affordable SUVs that can seat seven, such as the Peugeot 5008

An upside of the GLB’s posh badge is that it depreciates quite slowly (although not as slowly as the Discovery Sport). And this helps its PCP finance deals look quite tempting when compared with those of some non-premium alternatives (although again the Discovery Sport has the advantage).

Mercedes GLB 2020 RHD infotainment

Reliability

The GLB is too new to have featured in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey, but hopefully it’ll be more dependable than the Discovery Sport, which was one of the worst ranked cars. As a brand, Mercedes finished in 24th place out of 31; not overly encouraging but still ahead of Land Rover, which came last.

In terms of warranty, you get three years with unlimited mileage, which is pretty much standard for class. For added peace of mind you also get Mercedes roadside assistance when driving in the UK and Europe. If you want the best warranty a seven-seater SUV can offer, the Kia Sorento's lasts for seven years.

Overview

The Mercedes GLB is similar to the Land Rover Discovery Sport in lots of ways, but gutsier and more efficient if you opt for our favoured 220d model. It will work well for many families, although the firm ride is a concern.

  • Seats seven
  • Punchy and frugal engines
  • Flash interior
  • Firm ride
  • A bit noisy
  • Narrow, overly firm front seats