The 4MATIC AWD model starts at $38,600.

Mercedes-Benz pulled the cover off its new GLB-Class compact SUV back in June, with the amped-up GLB 35 debuting at the end of August. We don’t yet know how much it will cost to put the 302-horsepower (222-kilowatt) AMG variant in your garage, but Mercedes tells us the base-model GLB 250 starts at a not-unreasonable $36,600. That doesn’t include destination and delivery charges, which adds $995 to the final bill.

For that price, you get a front-wheel-drive SUV wielding a 221-hp (164 kW) version of Merc’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Should you desire all-wheel-drive, the GLB 250 4MATIC costs a bit more at $38,600, again not including the extra destination charge. Another item not included in the base price is the optional third-row seating, a feature that’s rather rare in the compact SUV world. Pricing for individual options isn't available yet.

Gallery: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB

Whether that will be a popular add-on remains to be seen. The GLB doesn’t have a terrific amount of room in the back, but for families with small children, the optional third-row could be a key feature. You’ll find similar compact three-row capability in the Range Rover Discovery Sport and the Volkswagen Tiguan, two compact SUVs that Mercedes identifies as chief competitors to the GLB 250. The automaker also points to the BMW X1 as a GLB competitor, though you need to step all the way up to a $58,900 X5 before a third row becomes optional.

We suspect most GLB 250 buyers will stick with just two rows, and in that respect, the small SUV seems well-suited to its family-friendly mission. 38 inches of legroom is available in the second row, and when not carrying people those seats can fold to create 62 cubic feet of total cargo space. In front, the GLB 250 rolls with Merc’s standard-issue digital cockpit and the MBUX infotainment system. All in all, it doesn’t look like a bad place to be for a sub-$40,000 SUV.

Look for the GLB 250 to reach Mercedes dealerships by the end of this year.

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Mercedes-Benz GLB boasts high versatility, exceptional safety and intuitive MBUX infotainment

All-new Mercedes-Benz GLB to start from $36,600
 

The Mercedes-Benz GLB is the highly anticipated all-new addition to the Mercedes-Benz SUV lineup. A durable and practical SUV with powerful proportions yet compact dimensions, the GLB provides a  generous amount of space for up to seven passengers  with an optional third row – a first from Mercedes-Benz in the compact segment. The all- new GLB is equipped with the latest safety technology and the intuitive new MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system. Arriving in U.S. dealerships by late 2019, the 2020 GLB 250 will start from $36,600 and the GLB 250 4MATIC is priced from $38,600.*

The all-new Mercedes-Benz GLB offers an attractive new entry option to the Mercedes-Benz SUV lineup, while also expanding the versatile Mercedes-Benz compact vehicle family. At 111.4 inches, the GLB's wheelbase is 5.1 inches longer than the GLA and 1.7 inches shorter than the GLC SUV. Featuring standard five- seat and an optional seven-seat configuration, the all-new GLB offers ample space and versatility for a variety of requirements.

The GLB’s strong proportions and off-road-oriented design reinforce its clear SUV character and high utility for a variety of driving styles. Featuring an upright front section, short front and rear overhangs with optical underride guards and all-round protective cladding, the GLB clearly asserts its robust character through its distinctive design.

With the standard MBUX interface, the GLB features exceptional in-car operation and communication capabilities. MBUX takes user experience to the next level by incorporating a powerful computer, brilliant screens and graphics, a customizable display, learning-capable software, and Voice Control with natural language recognition. The available full color Head-Up Display and Augmented Video for Navigation further enhance this sophisticated system. Thanks to its innovative technology, MBUX supports the occupants by making various operations within the cabin simpler and more intuitive.

The all-new GLB 250 and GLB 250 4MATIC are equipped with a new, powerful and efficient turbocharged 2.0L inline-4 engine capable of 221 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with the newly developed 8G DCT (dual clutch transmission), which allows for increased output, greater efficiency and smoother operation at lower engine speeds. Additional standard equipment highlights includes LED headlamps, 18-inch wheels, Smartphone Integration and a 7” Digital Instrument Cluster and a 7” Touchscreen Display.

The new GLB can be optionally equipped with the permanent all-wheel drive system 4MATIC, with variable torque distribution. This sporty all-wheel drive configuration allows the driver to use the DYNAMIC SELECT switch to influence the characteristics of 4MATIC. Three characteristic programs are available to control the all-wheel drive clutch, though the system reacts intelligently to the current driving situation in any mode. In regular driving, the drive program "Eco/Comfort" is based on an 80:20 distribution (front axle: rear axle), while in "Sport" it is 70:30. In off-road mode the all-wheel drive clutch acts as an inter-axle differential lock, with the basic distribution a balanced 50:50. An Off-Road Engineering Package, which comes as standard on the GLB 250 4MATIC, further enhances the GLB’s off-road capabilities. It adapts the engine's power delivery and the ABS control to tackle off- road terrain away from paved roads.

The GLB also offers the latest in driving assistance systems with cooperative driver support, providing the highest level of active safety in this segment with functions adopted from the benchmark S-Class. Using this technology, the GLB is able to drive semi-autonomously in certain situations. To do so, it keeps a close eye on the traffic situation. The improved camera and radar systems allow it to see up to 1,640 feet (500 meters) ahead; the GLB also uses map and navigation data to support assistance functions. With one in three Mercedes-Benz vehicles sold globally being an SUV, and one in four a compact model, the all-new GLB is poised to tackle the heart of an energized SUV market. The GLB offers a compelling combination of high versatility, compact SUV proportions, innovative technology and high everyday usability. The all-new Mercedes-Benz GLB will go on sale in the U.S. by late 2019.

At a Glance

 

GLB 250 SUV /
GLB 250 4MATIC SUV

MSRP*

$36,600 4MATIC: $38,600

Length

182.4”

Width w/ mirrors
(w/o mirrors)

79.5”
(72.2”)

Height

65.3”

Wheelbase

111.4”

Curb Weight (lbs)

TBA / 4MATIC: TBA

Fuel Economy

TBA / 4MATIC: TBA

Engine

2.0L Inline-4 Turbo

Displacement

1,991 cc

Drive Config.

Front-Wheel Drive /
4MATIC All-Wheel Drive

Performance

221 hp @ 5,500 rpm
258 lb-ft @ 1,800-4,000 rpm

Transmission

8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)

0-60 mph (sec)

TBA / 4MATIC: 6.9

Top speed (mph)

130 mph (electronically limited)

Main
Competitors

BMW X1, Range Rover Discovery Sport, VW Tiguan

*Prices excludes $995 destination and delivery charge.