10 things to know before buying the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class

The Mercedes-Benz The GLB-Class is the brand’s answer to those looking for a more spacious and versatile family vehicle in the luxury compact SUV segment. Sitting right between the GLA and the GLC, what sets the GLB apart is the optional third row that comes with the moniker. Based on the same MFA2 platform as the GLA, it drives and rides very similarly. The GLB also comes with all the relevant technologies and features you would expect from a luxury SUV.

Offered for a base MSRP of $38,600, the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class comes with only minor upgrades over the outgoing 2021 model. It gets SiriusXM radio support and a 115-volt power outlet as part of the optional Premium Package. Other than that, it remains unchanged, retaining the same two versions, the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine and a sleek and sophisticated interior design and infotainment system. Competing against the BMW X1, Volvo XC40 and Audi Q3, here are 10 things you need to know before buying the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class.

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ten Offers a spacious cabin with an optional third row

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class is one of the few offerings in the luxury compact SUV segment to offer an optional third-row seat. That makes it a more versatile proposition than the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. However, the downside is that the third row is difficult to access and space is quite limited.

As for the two front rows, it can comfortably accommodate five passengers thanks to the best space in its class. There’s impressive head and leg room for both rows and there’s plenty of locker and storage space too. The 22 cubic feet of cargo space without the third row is also very convincing.

9 Feature-rich

Similar to the less expensive and smaller Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, the GLB-Class also comes with a host of interior, exterior and driver assistance technologies as standard. This helps buyers control the price as they don’t need to opt for everything from the optional list.

Features such as power front seats with 3-position memory, fold-down second-row seat, dual-zone climate control, power tailgate, and MBUX 7″ infotainment and digital instrument cluster deliver a travel-friendly experience. luxurious. Exterior features such as panoramic sunroof, aluminum roof rails, LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and many more are also on board. If you want even more features, Mercedes also offers plenty of features and optional packages.

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8 Quirky style

The design of the Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class 2022 is more original, especially when viewed from the side. As an SUV with the optional third row, Mercedes managed to offer the best length, wheelbase and height in the compact SUV segment. However, the rear quarter looks a bit odd compared to rivals.

Still, we like the GLB’s overall design language, especially because of the exterior cues like the LED headlights, macho front styling, big 18-inch alloy wheels, LED taillights, and roof rails. in aluminium. Optional features in the form of 19- or 20-inch AMG alloy wheels, carbon-structured trim and AMG body styling also give it a more pronounced look.

seven The interior has the distinctive Mercedes styling

Even though the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class is one of the cheapest offerings in the Mercedes lineup, the interior doesn’t distract you too much from that fact. The cabin is fitted with premium materials in most touchpoints, and the design feels reasonably upscale.

The MB Tex padding is perfect for taking on those long car journeys and the multiple design elements of the dash and door cards, including silver accents, circular AC vents, clickable buttons, and the curved design are very modern. By comparison, while cabin quality was a bit better in the BMW X1, the GLB’s design is superior.

6 Impressive NHTSA crash test results

As a Mercedes, the 2022 GLB doesn’t disappoint in terms of build quality and crash safety ratings. It’s built on the same MFA2 platform as the GLA and high-strength steel and aluminum are used for the majority of the construction. Many driver assistance technologies such as automated emergency braking, pedestrian detection and active brake assist are standard.

However, if you want features like lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, active steering assist, active remote assist, and to evasive steering, you need to get the optional driver assistance package. In terms of crash safety rating, the 2022 GLB received a 5 stars in the NHTSA crash test.

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5 Competitive warranty and decent reliability

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class has not received any manufacturer recalls due to issues. Even the outgoing 2021 model also received no recalls according to NHTSA. Along with this, the two model years also received no complaints from customers.

The warranty coverage received by the 2022 GLB is quite competitive compared to other luxury SUVs. The limited warranty and powertrain warranty are four years or 50,000 miles. However, there is no free maintenance coverage. One thing that we were a bit disappointed about was regarding JD Power’s score, as it received a score of only 67 out of 100 in the quality and reliability sectionmaking it one of the worst in the segment.

4 An economical SUV

Equipped with a turbocharged inline-4 engine under the hood mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class proved to be a frugal daily driver. We appreciate the 23 mpg city and 31 mpg on the highways, it returned when equipped with the FWD transmission.

If you get the 4MATIC AWD transmission variant, the 2022 GLB can do just under 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highways. The 15.9-gallon fuel tank capacity helps the GLB pull off a decent range of 477 miles with the less frugal 4MATIC variant.

3 Precise braking performance

The brakes on the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class have more than enough bite and precision to help it stop easily at high speeds. Braking is handled by 13″ front rotors and 12.6″ rear rotors, and all braking functions such as ABS with EBD, vented front rotors, brake assist, Hill Descent Control and Hill Hold Control are standard.

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class managed to brake to 70-0 mph in 157 feet and that’s good enough for the compact luxury SUV segment. By comparison, the BMW X1 did the same at 180ft and the Volvo XC40 stopped around the 170ft mark.

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2 Many optional packages and features can be obtained

If you are someone who wants all the technology and features, Mercedes offers you plenty of optional features and packages that you can opt for. The premium package is priced at $1,750 and offers a larger infotainment and digital gauge display, power folding mirrors, auto-dimming mirrors, keyless access and hands-free access.

Optional cabin packages and features include the Multimedia Package, Burmester Surround Sound System, SiriusXM Radio, MBUX Interior Assistant and Wireless Charging. We’d recommend getting the optional Driver Assistance Pack as it offers all the beneficial safety features, and the adjustable suspension with adaptive dampers and optional third-row seats are also a must.

1 Gets an intuitive infotainment system

The 7-inch MBUX touchscreen infotainment system and 7-inch digital gauge cluster display form a single unit and are quite intuitive and loaded for the segment. If you want an even better unit, you can get the larger 10.25″ units as part of the optional Premium package.

Standard features include Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, voice recognition, Bluetooth, USB-C ports and auxiliary connectivity. Audio is handled by an 8-speaker audio system. If you want a better audio experience, we recommend the optional Burmester surround sound system which costs $850 more.

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