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The Mercedes GLB shares the base with the compact A-Class – but is much more practical.

Mercedes-Benz GLB

It’s hard to believe when you see the Mercedes GLB in front of you: The spacious SUV shares the basic architecture with the compact car of the A-Class, although at 4.63 meters it is around 22 centimeters longer.

The model designation classifies the GLB as an SUV in the Mercedes range, which is also shown by the flared wheel arches and the higher ground clearance. But that is only the half truth. The GLB actually wants to be a practical family van in the guise of a trendy SUV. A folding third row of seats is hidden under the loading floor, which should be suitable for people up to 1.68 meters tall; as a jump seat or for children, definitely a suitable addition to this car. The trunk has a capacity of 560 to 1755 liters and can be used very flexibly thanks to the sliding and tilt-adjustable second row of seats.

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Mercedes-Benz GLB

Without a doubt, the space is the greatest strength of the GLB – but it has other qualities to offer. The interior is typically Mercedes, including the easy-to-use, latest-generation navigation and entertainment system with useful voice control. The fact that a little more hard plastic is used in the cockpit than in the higher-class models with the star can be gotten over; only the imitation leather seat covers feel uncomfortable on warm summer days; a fabric interior is the better choice here. The 2-liter petrol engine with 224 hp installed in the test car is lively when required, but is comparatively thirsty; with 7.6 l/100 km it was only slightly above the factory specification (7.2-7.4 l/100 km), but a diesel in the comfortable and spacious travel companion might be the better choice. The automatic transmission is always included as standard and impresses in everyday use with unobtrusive and suitable gear changes. Prices for the Mercedes GLB start at 45,100 francs; with good equipment and motorisation, however, it can also be more than 70,000 francs.

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