The car that cares

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 Review | Car Reviews

Auto123 testimonials the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35.

When I 1st drove the Mercedes-Benz GLB in GLB 250 type, I was amazed with Mercedes’ newest entry into the smaller crossover market place.

I preferred its boxy styling that reminds of a Scion xB — in fact a great factor even if you are speaking about a Mercedes – and its amazingly roomy inside, not to mention the pure hilarity that there was in fact a 3-row solution. A 3-row luxurious subcompact crossover? Who’s to say the Germans really don’t have a feeling of humour?

The a single factor I felt was lacking was a tiny much more assortment when it arrived to trim choice. All we experienced to opt for from in Canada was the GLB 250, this though the GLB’s GLC sibling was readily available as a GLC three hundred, 43 or 63 S and as possibly a 4-doorway-coupe or wagon. I experienced a good deal of entertaining in the GLB 250, but what if it experienced just a tiny much more energy? Now that would be something…

Perfectly, ask and you shall receive. It was not prolonged after I drove the GLB late past yr that the automaker arrived out with the GLB 35 AMG. It has much more energy, some very neat styling touches and some chassis tuning as properly. Could this be the best formula?

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35, interior

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35, inside

Inside of
Perfectly, sitting down in the GLB 35 you get the identical feeling you did in the 250. This means that even even though the seats are a little bit much more aggressive in style, you nonetheless get lots of headroom and a excellent view out forwards, rearwards and around the shoulders – large facet home windows will do that. But now there’s this excellent, chunky leather-trimmed steering wheel in your fingers, full with two AMG-unique travel manner and chassis/powertrain adjustment command pads connected to it at the 4- and 7 o’clock positions.

Of program, you also get that excellent completely digitized sprint that can make use of crisp flatscreen displays for your infotainment and gauge cluster, as properly as a major trackpad and tiny thumb pads on the left and correct wheel spokes (optional) to command it all. I designed tiny use of the latter when I sampled them for the 1st time in a Mercedes, but now that I have used time with them in a handful of styles, I use them almost completely.

The left-hand pad will help you navigate the gauge cluster (which can be altered to 3 different types) and heads-up exhibit, though the correct-hand pad moves you by way of the menus on the infotainment exhibit. Which, as it comes about, will get its own set of “themes” that purpose largely impartial of the gauge cluster and will in fact adjust the ambient lights, immediately turn on your tunes (that comes about in the “Lounge” setting) or immediately exhibit your AMG functionality facts.

This is a single heck of a slick inside that does properly to supply on the luxurious promised by the badge on the snout.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35, profile

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35, profile

Talking of the GLB’s snout: if that large brand and grille – as properly as the headlamps possibly facet of it – reminds you of a thing, it is almost certainly the larger sized GLS. Which can make feeling when you consider the relaxation of the GLB’s detailing and shape, as it all demonstrates its larger sized sibling. The GLB is to the GLS as the GLC is to the GLE.

And you know what? I love it. It has that excellent profile, a neat stance and the fancy wheels, large entrance splitter, “Denim” blue paintwork, rear diffuser and dual potato cannon-type exhaust and it all comes together to type what is a single of the coolest-seeking Mercedes solutions we’ve lately viewed, this facet of the athletics vehicles and roadsters.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35, second row of seats

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35, second row of seats

Back again within
The model’s proportions are correct on and better than that, it contributes to supplying an inside that is substantially roomier than the compact styling implies. Especially in phrases of headroom the two entrance and rear, which, even with the large sunroof it has, is generous adequate even for taller folks…wearing cowboy hats. It is that great.

There are a handful of sacrifices that experienced to be designed, even though the rear seats are very flat – that can make it a lot easier to fold the seatbacks – and that style indicates that they are not that supportive. Rear-seat passengers will slide to and fro by way of the turns, and you truly feel substantially much more like you are sitting down atop the seats rather of within just them.

Talking of the 3rd row: properly, my tester did not have a single so I can’t remark, but looking at the GLB’s footprint, I would not be expecting a enormous total of home and I’d almost certainly choose to help you save the $one,three hundred needed to in good shape it, specially looking at you are really hard-pressed to get a GLB 35 for substantially much less than sixty grand out the doorway. Not to mention that when the 3rd row is up, the home left to pack stuff in the again is likely no even larger than a shelf’s width. Which form of sabotages the other toughness of the GLB’s inside, and that is its cargo place which steps up to one,680 litres if you fold the second row of seating. It is all accessible through a tailgate that opens so high that me and my 6’3” body could get beneath devoid of hardly obtaining to duck.

In addition to the cost, of program, the 3rd row basically isn’t in holding with what this AMG 35 edition is all about. This is fundamentally a high-functionality warm hatchback with airs that remind me much more of a Volkswagen Golf R than a luxurious crossover. That indicates I’m almost certainly not likely to anxiety too substantially if I can’t move seven persons on the frequent.

Without a doubt, I’d substantially much more choose to know that when it comes time to strike my favorite flexible b-street, the GLB 35 is up for it. And boy, is it ever.

Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 2021, avant

Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 2021, avant

Ability from the turbo 4-cylinder is rated at 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, which is up from 221 hp and 259 ft-lb on the GLB 250.

It feels a complete good deal quicker than the figures suggest, even though. Peak torque arrives at 3,000 RPM and peak horsepower a few of grand after that, which indicates the eight-speed dual clutch transmission has no issue channeling all that energy and sending it to the sticky Continental SportContact six tires (measuring a fats 255 mm at the again).

Then, it is just make a difference of keeping on as the GLB 35 races forth with gumption and a ferocity that you really don’t get from that numerous smaller crossovers. In fact, even the V8-powered GLC 63 – though more rapidly, definitely – doesn’t truly feel rather as nervy, mainly because it is heavier than this. This turbo 4-cylinder is a excellent match for the GLB.

Of program, the GLB’s lighter bodyweight indicates that its mindset by way of turns is very great as properly, specially if you alter the damper configurations. That can be done a selection of techniques — my desired method was to make use of the wheel-mounted controls – and when set to the aggressive Sport setting, system roll is kept properly in-test and the GLB moves by way of the turns just as properly as it does beneath brief acceleration.

You get very tiny inertia and very tiny delay in reaction from driver inputs rather you get a complete good deal of entertaining. A complete good deal of noise, too, mainly because all those large tailpipes are not just for show. They emit a properly authoritative report that performs properly with the to some degree hooligan-like appears to be like.

A single genuine litmus examination for a car is how really hard it is to give it again at the conclude of a week of tests-driving it Right here, let me tell you, it was really hard – probably even more durable than it’d been for other much more high-priced vehicles I have tested around the several years. Whilst I experienced questioned for it after driving the 250, I really don’t consider I could have predicted just how substantially great the AMG cure would do the GLB. It is a stunner this. A stunner in truth.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35, rear

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35, rear

We like

Great powertrain for the software
Great appears to be like
Excellent inside place
We like much less

Not low cost
Back again seats could use much more help
No wireless smartphone integration
The opposition

Audi SQ5
BMW X3 M40i

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35, badging

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35, badging



2021 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 photos