It did not take long for Mercedes-Benz to immediately realize the presence of the latest compact SUV by presenting the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC, which looks different from the boxy and masculine design and has seats for seven passengers
Mercedes-Benz finally unveiled its latest compact SUV, the GLB-Class, having previously attracted attention with the concept version at the 2019 Shanghai Motor Show in April. In the launch, the manufacturer based in Stuttgart offers only one variant, namely the GLA 250. Four-wheel drive option, 4MATIC is offered in addition to the front-wheel-drive version.
On this occasion, we will present a review of the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC which has a lot of potential in the compact SUV class.
Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC is here to fill the gap between the GLA-Class and GLC-Class. From the dimensions, the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC has a wheelbase 5.1 inches longer than the GLA-Class, but 1.7 inches shorter than the GLC-Class. Not only that, the design of the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC looks different with a more boxy and muscular figure compared to the GLA-Class and GLC-Class which emphasizes stylish designs typical of urban crossovers.
Since the concept version is on display, there have been no drastic changes to the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC and continue to prioritize design aspects like a masculine SUV that is ready to be adventurous and has capable off-road capabilities.
Behind its masculine figure, the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC is also presented as a 7-passenger SUV that promises flexibility and practicality when traveling with passengers or loading more goods. Mercedes-Benz formulation seems to be successful in realizing an SUV with high cruising capabilities combined with more loading capacity and compact body dimensions like an urban crossover.
The exterior of Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC
Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC borrowed the A-Class platform but was developed into a compact SUV with a contemporary look. As mentioned above, the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC comes with a more boxy and muscular classic SUV design, as if reminiscent of the figure of the previous Mercedes-Benz compact SUV, the GLK-Class. But the premium design lines are still visible on the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC with a design silhouette like the GLC-Class on the back and the D pillar.
When you look at the face of the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC, it will remind us of the face design of the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class. This can be seen in the large grille design with two horizontal lines. But on the headlamps, it has the shape of a box and is larger. The thin line of the LED as a daytime running light that is placed on the top of the reflector is maintained and seems to be able to confirm the signature design of the LED lights used by Mercedes-Benz.
Slightly down, the design of a pair of air scoop on a larger bumper is also affected by the design of its predecessor, the GLE-Class and GLC-Class. But on the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC, a thicker lower skid plate was added which gave a frightening and high-cruising feel typical to the Gelandewagen Leicht family in other Mercedes-Benz.
On the side, the proportional design of the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC body actually looks boxier, especially on pillar A and pillar D. But on the front fender, the streamlined design looks to connect to the door and ends at the rear fender which gives a more muscular impression. While the side skirt design is made thicker which is able to emphasize the impression of an all-terrain SUV.
The stroke and fins design on the LED taillights on the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC is also inspired by the design of the LED taillights like those on the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, GLE-Class to GLS-Class. The taillights design is also thinner and looks integrated into the rear trunk and fender construction. The rear bumper is able to show a dense design with a thicker combination of rear lower guard plus the presence of twin mufflers.
The interior of the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC
The interior of the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC features a premium aspect with the use of high-quality Nappa leather lining with a dominant brown color and combined with aluminum panels on the dash and door trim. Thus, it is able to give comfort for the driver even though the third-row seat passengers. In addition, the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC will also be equipped with ambient light features, which make the cabin atmosphere more comfortable and attractive.
Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC adheres to a 7-passenger SUV. But in the third-row seats, in our opinion, it is only to be loaded by children or adults with small body postures. In addition, the two rear seats are also equipped with ISOFIX features in the form of hooks to be paired with child seats on both seats. This ISOFIX seat is also found on two sides in the middle seat and front passenger seat. The seat design was made with high ergonomics so that it can give ideal comfort when traveling.
The dashboard design and infotainment screen on the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC adhere to the floating display design as in the latest Mercedes-Benz. When you go inside, your eyes will definitely be fixed on the AC panel in the shape of three spheres with a design that seems to be separated from the dashboard. Cool! The center console design is made more minimalist and minimal buttons for the sake of strengthening the aura of luxury.
While on the steering wheel still feels sporty with a thicker leather sports material but still comfortable to grip. The three-spoke design on the steering wheel is very popular in every Mercedes-Benz model. But the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC looks more minimalist and elegant. The steering audio control placement is also easier and more comfortable to run using fingers.
When the third-row seats are folded, the volume of Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC luggage will be available as many as 566 liters. But when you need more space to load goods, the second-row seats can be folded, to give luggage volume up to 1,755 liters.
Features Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC
Mercedes-Benz has elaborated on the detailed features that will be applied to Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC. But surely a series of the most advanced features have arrived, such as the MBUX infotainment system (Mercedes-Benz User Experience. One of them is the “Hey Mercedes” voice assistant feature, which allows drivers to enter to use various vehicle features, such as navigation, infotainment systems with Artificial technology Latest Intelligence.
For the infotainment sector, there is a 7-inch screen integrated with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. In addition, there are still other latest features in the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC, such as 3600 surround-view cameras, head-up displays, panoramic sliding roof, premium sound system from Burmester, ambient lighting with 64 colors to the adaptive damper.
Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC engine
Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC uses the same engine as used in the A-Class or CLA-Class, namely with the M260 E20 code which embraces a 4-cylinder construction with a turbocharger. The power generated is also quite competitive, namely 221 hp and 350 Nm which is channeled through an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Acceleration 0-100 kph is claimed to be able to be reached in just 6.9 seconds.
In the 4MATIC variant, it adopts a four-wheel-drive that distributes power with an 80:20 distribution. In ECO mode, the power distribution will be 70:30. This makes the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC handling character look more like a front-wheel biased AWD. But when off-road mode, a center differential locker device is available which will lock the power distribution to 50:50, making it stronger on bad roads.
Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC has a line of superior weapons to fight in the SUV market and compact crossover and against competitors such as the BMW X2, Audi Q3, and Volvo XC40. With a masculine design, a capacity of 7 passengers plus the availability of four-wheel drive, making the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC more confident to captivate the hearts of potential customers.