MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ GLB AMG ESTATE GLB 35 4Matic Premium Plus 5dr 8G-Tronic

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph5.2s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2200 g/km

On the face of it, the GLB 35 is just another hot Mercedes SUV. Until you begin to delve a little deeper. Where else on the market can you get a crossover like this with as much as 300hp and 7 seats? It's a rare combination.

B KEEPER

The GLB 35 4MATIC re-imagines exactly what a fast seven-seat family SUV can be. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

On the face of it, the GLB 35 is just another hot Mercedes SUV. Until you begin to delve a little deeper. Where else on the market can you get a crossover like this with as much as 300hp and 7 seats? It's a rare combination.

Background

You don't tend to find the letter 'B' often associated with Mercedes-AMG engineering. The Stuttgart brand's B-Class MPV is just about the only model in the range that doesn't get it. And it doesn't need to now given that a growing family wanting a versatile cabin and performance fireworks can instead choose this car, the Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4MATIC. As you might guess from the name, this car shares virtually all its basic engineering with the company's core hot hatch model, the A 35. A car already reinvented as a compact SUV in the form of the storming GLA 35 model. Unlike that crossover though, the GLB 35 is properly family -sized inside and, crucially, has the advantage of being able to offer seven seats.

Driving Experience

All the stats here look promising. Thanks to use of the same 306hp turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine found in the A 35 hot hatch, performance is way above what you'd otherwise expect in this family class of car, 62mph dispatched in just 5.2 seconds, only half a second slower than the A 35. The engine is mated to an 8 speed dual clutch automatic gearbox and the brand's 4MATIC four-wheel-drive system, which can vary its torque split from 100% front wheel drive to a 50-50 power split front-to-rear. Quite a lot of work's gone in to change the suspension, which has been stiffened and standard adaptive damping added. The speed sensitive steering is also bespoke and there are larger AMG brakes. Obviously, this top GLB isn't as fun to throw about as an A 35 but there's plenty of traction and body roll is well controlled, making possible ridiculously quick point-to-point journey times on twisting country roads. As we've noticed in other models, this engine has a lovely muted growl, with an emotive burble from the exhausts on the over-run, plus the dual clutch gearbox clicks from ratio to ratio with enthusiasm. Buyers get much the same 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes system as you'd find in the AMG-GT sportscar, with "Slippery", "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport +" and "Individual" settings. Further driving modes are linked to the AMG DYNAMICS agility control, which means that the handling characteristics can be even more closely matched with different requirements and driving conditions.

Design and Build

You won't make quite the same pavement statement here that you would with a well specified A 35 or GLA 35 model, but this GLB 35 is nonetheless a car with its own potent blend of serious visual intent. You get bespoke 20-inch AMG alloy wheels and a body kit including a deep front splitter, a prominent tailgate spoiler and twin-exit exhausts set into a bespoke bumper. This GLB was also the first '35'-series model to get the distinctive Panamericana AMG grille that references the brand's 1950s racing cars. Inside, there's a bespoke AMG cabin with a grippy 3-spoke multifunction wheel and metal finished pedals. The sports seats are upholstered in black ARTICO man-made leather with DINAMICA microfibre trimming and red-double topstitching - and there are red seat belts too. As usual with a GLB, there's a 10.25-inch MBUX centre stack touchscreen media screen. For this top variant, the 10.25-inch digital instrument display gets an extra particularly striking 'Supersport' mode with a central, round rev counter and bargraph-style driver information readouts. It's one of three AMG-specific display styles - the other two are 'Classic' and 'Sporty'. The middle row has reasonable room for a couple of adults and moving further back, this is the first compact Mercedes AMG model to be available with a third seating row, accessed via an EASY ENTRY feature. As for luggage space, most the time you will be driving with the 3rd row seats folded into the floor, at which point there's a 565-litre boot.

Market and Model

The GLB 35 4MATIC prices at just under £50,000; it would have been a bit cheaper than that, but it can't be for our market because Mercedes has chosen to offer this car here only in top 'Premium Plus' trim. Still, at least you get a lot of kit in with that. There's 20-inch AMG five-twin spoke wheels finished in matt black, Multibeam LED headlights with Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus, plus a panoramic sunroof. Inside, there's heated front electrically adjustable memory seats, a Burmester surround sound system, a 10.25-inch digital cockpit display and ambient lighting with 64 colours. Media connectivity is taken care of by an MBUX multimedia system with 'Hey Mercedes' voice activation, the MBUX set-up working via a 10.25-inch touchscreen media display and featuring hard-disk navigation with 'Augmented Reality navigation', plus smartphone integration with wireless charging (for compatible smartphones) and Mercedes-Me connectivity. Safety's taken care of by a 'Driving Assistance package', which includes Evasive Steering Assist, Active Steer Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist, along with Active Brake Assist which features turning manoeuvre and cross-traffic functions. There's also PRE-SAFE PLUS, which braces the cabin to withstand an impact. Standard semi-autonomous driving features include Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC cruise control, plus you get route-based speed adjustment when approaching bends, roundabouts, and toll stations. There's also Active Speed Limit Assist.

Cost of Ownership

Let's get to the WLTP figures. Mercedes claims a combined fuel economy figure of 32.5mpg for the GLB 35, which is about 5mpg less than you'd get in an A 35. Clearly this figure will head south if you use the throttle pedal as intended, but it's hard to argue with the 197g/km emissions figure. Insurance cover may well be a different matter. It's rated at group 41E. You might need to keep some self-control when faced with the options list if you're not to put the kibosh on residual values. What else? Well, we'll tell you that the comprehensive three year warranty is built upon by Mercedes' Mobilo scheme which delivers breakdown cover for up to thirty years, as long as you continue to have your car serviced at a Mercedes main dealer. And it's worth knowing that your maintenance outlay can be kept a little in check by going for the optional Service Care package that takes care of routine maintenance, spreading the cost of regular servicing, guaranteeing the price of parts and labour for up to four services and covering the cost of all recommended service items such as brake fluid, spark plugs, air filters, fuel filters and screen wash.

Summary

You'd choose the GLB 35 because you needed seven seats in an uber-fast family SUV. And if you did, you'd probably feel pretty smug because there's nothing else quite like it on the market. Of course, if you don't need three seating rows, there are lots of other options. But there's a lot to be said for cabin flexibility. So the GLB 35 has a unique selling point over its A 35 hot hatch donor car. Which is more than can be said for the Stuttgart brand's other relatively compact fast SUV at this price point, the GLA 35. This GLB is of course heavier, higher and longer than both an A 35 and a GLA 35 - but you get a lot in return for those downsides. As a second performance-driven conveyance for an exceptionally well heeled family, this top GLB is very desirable indeed.

  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Heated glass rear windscreen + timer control
  • Privacy glass with dark tinting on rear side windows and rear window

  • Electronic stability programme with acceleration skid control
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • Active brake assist includes forward collision warning system with autonomous braking
  • Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assist
  • ESP curve dynamic assist
  • Electronic parking brake
  • AMG high performance brake system with silver brake callipers and black AMG lettering at the front

  • Black floor mats with AMG lettering

  • AMG suspension with adaptive damping system

  • Hey Mercedes Voice activation
  • Radio aerial integrated into front and rear windshields
  • Wireless charging

  • Direct steering
  • Attention assist - Monitors steering behaviour and long journey fatigue
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (Comfort, Sport, Sport +, Slippery and Individual)
  • Mercedes me remote services
  • Cruise control with limiter

  • Car wash mode
  • ECO start/stop function
  • Easy-pack tailgate

  • Traffic sign assist
  • Fluid level warning indicator for fuel, oil, coolant and washer fluid
  • Owners manual and service booklet in English
  • Trip computer in multifunction display with current consumption indicator
  • 10.25" Digital instrument cluster display screen
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Lamp failure indicator
  • Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance
  • Service indicator (Active Service System)
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • MBUX augmented reality for navigation
  • Pre-installation for trailer coupling
  • Pre-installation of private car share

  • Black door mirrors
  • Electric adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED side indicators

  • Carbon structure trim
  • Black air vents with chrome surround

  • 52 litre fuel tank
  • 60 litre fuel tank

  • DAB digital radio tuner
  • Burmester surround sound system
  • 10.25" Digital media screen display
  • USB (type C) port in front stowage compartment
  • USB (type C) ports (2) in rear of stowage compartment
  • Hard disk navigation
  • Pre installation for Mercedes Benz Link
  • MBUX multimedia system with AMG specific display designs, programs and engine data

  • Front splitter and trim elements on the louvres in the outer air inlets in silver chrome
  • Front wings with TURBO 4MATIC lettering
  • AMG bodystyling front apron with air deflectors on the outer air intakes
  • Beltline strips and weather strip in black
  • AMG bodystiling rear apron with two round talpipe trim elements with a diameter of 90 mm
  • Body coloured door handles with chrome insert for keyless entry
  • Black roof rails
  • Electric panoramic glass sunroof
  • AMG specific radiator grille
  • Aerial for GPS

  • Headlamp assist automatic headlamp activation
  • High level LED third brake light
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Rear fog lamp
  • Multibeam LED headlamps and tail lamp with adaptive highbeam assist plus

  • Air conditioning - Two zone thermotronic luxury automatic climate control with display

  • Galvanished gear shift paddles on steering wheel
  • Luggage net on driver/front passenger seat backrest
  • Touchpad on center console
  • AMG sports pedals with brushed stainless steel surfaces and black rubber studs
  • Freight packaging with tie-down hooks
  • Twin front cup holders
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Black roof lining
  • 3 spoke nappa leather multifunction AMG performance steering wheel
  • Front centre armrest with stowage
  • AMG illuminated front door sill panels with changeable cover
  • Net in front passenger footwell
  • Front passenger grab handle with brushed side silver chrome
  • Rear armrest with two integral cup holders for drinks
  • Fore/aft adjustment rear seats
  • Third row of seats for two people on rear seat
  • Stowage compartment with retractable cover
  • Stowage compartment in centre console

  • Interior mirror with black reading lamps and frameless
  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting

  • AMG night package - GLB
  • Driving assistance package - GLB
  • Parking pack - GLB
  • Interior lighting with light and sight pack - GLB
  • Keyless Go comfort pack - GLB
  • Mirror pack - GLB

  • Crash responsive emergency lighting
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front passenger seat occupancy sensor
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Active bonnet pedestrain safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet by 65mm
  • Dual stage driver and front passenger airbags
  • Driver and front passenger windowbags
  • Driver and front passenger head and sidebags
  • Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
  • Airbags - kneebag for driver

  • Sports seats with adjustable head restraints
  • Automatic child seat recognition sensor
  • Two outer rear seat isofix and top tether child seat fixing points
  • Electrically adjustable front memory seats including lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • Third row of seats with isofix and top tether child seat fixing points

  • Urban guard vehicle protection - Anti theft alarm system, tow away protection with visual and acoustic warning and alarm siren
  • Remote central locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function

  • Rear axle multi-link

  • Summer tyres

  • 20" AMG 5 twin spoke light alloy wheels painted in matt black with high sheen rim flange

  • Tirefit tyre sealant kit

  • Noise Level dB(A): 69
  • CO: 0.316
  • HC: 0.017
  • NOx: 0.014
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0004
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 200
  • CO2 (g/km): 171
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92
  • CC: 1991

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 30.4
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 44.1
  • EC Combined (mpg): 37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 23.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 32.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 32.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 32.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 11.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 8.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 8.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.8

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 41E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 15500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 92
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 88
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 78
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 74
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 306
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Premium Plus
  • Coin Description: 4Matic
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30

  • Engine Power - KW: 225
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5800
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 3000
  • Engine Power - BHP: 306
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 5.2
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: 255/40 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 255/40 R20
  • Wheel Style: AMG 5 TWIN SPOKE

  • Width (including mirrors): 2020
  • Height: 1662
  • Height (including roof rails): 1662
  • Length: 4650
  • Width: 1850
  • Wheelbase: 2829

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1755
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2260
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 60
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 565
  • No. of Seats: 7
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 505
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1800
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.7

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £595
  • Designo metallic paint: £795

  • Leather upholstery: Included
  • Two tone leather upholstery: £0

  • Metallic - Cosmos Black: £595
  • Metallic - Denim blue: £595
  • Metallic - Iridium silver: £595
  • Metallic - Mountain grey: £595
  • Metallic - Galaxy blue: £595
  • Metallic - Digital white: £595

  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Designo metallic - Patagonia red: £795

  • Leather - Black: £0
  • Two tone leather - Classic red/black: £0
  • Two tone leather - Titanium grey pearl/black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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