Mercedes-Benz's GLB looks to ruffle feathers in compact SUV segment

Mercedes-Benz GLB. Image: Motorpress
Mercedes-Benz GLB. Image: Motorpress

• Mercedes-Benz has launched its first SUV in the premium compact segment.  

• The GLB arrives in South Africa with two derivatives: GLB 250 and the GLB 220d.

• The GLB is available with a seven-seat configuration as an optional extra. 

Mercedes-Benz is launching its GLB locally into the compact SUV segment boasting an optional seven-seater configuration and two derivatives powered by updated four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. 

"The GLB also boasts some special features which we have not previously offered our customers in this segment, like seven seats."
Selvin Govender, Marketing Director for Mercedes-Benz Cars South Africa.


Two models are available from launch, namely the GLB 250 powered by a two-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with a healthy 165kW and 350Nm. It is capable of reaching 100km/h from standstill in 6.9 seconds and has a top speed of 236km/h.

The petrol model is priced from R831 000. 

It uses an eight-speed automatic gearbox to all four wheels. The GLB 220d is a diesel derivative sporting 140kW and 400Nm from its two-litre engine.

The diesel model has a top speed of 217km/h and takes 7.6 seconds to reach 100km/h from a standing start. It is priced from R841 000. 

It boasts a wheelbase of 2829 millimetres, which Merc says makes it 10cm longer than the B Class. The car is 4634 millimetres long, 1834 millimetres wide and 1658 millimetres high. The two optional additional individual seats can seat people up to 1.68m tall in comfort, says the carmaker.

The boot compartment capacity of 570 to 1805 litres. The second row can be moved fore and aft, enabling the boot to be enlarged by up to 190 litres.

Mercedes-Benz GLB, galaxyblau
Mercedes-Benz GLB. Image: Motorpress

Image: Motorpress

The GLB has driving assistance systems are drawn from the S-Class, with improved camera and radar systems that allow the compact SUV to see up to 500 metres ahead and drive in semi-automated mode in certain situations.

The Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system customisable presentation in a full-colour head-up display, with optional navigation and augmented reality, learning software, and voice control activated with the prompt "Hey Mercedes".

Useful in easy off-road terrain The GLB 220d 4M is equipped with the permanent all-wheel system 4Matic, with fully variable torque distribution. Mercedes offers the 'Off-Road Engineering Package' as standard on the GLB 220d 4M and includes an additional drive mode that adapts the power delivery of the engine for off-road driving in easy terrain. This is not available in the GLB 250.

Mercedes-Benz GLB, Edition 1, Interieur
Mercedes-Benz GLB. Image: Motorpress

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