2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class

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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class Review

  • Spacious for both passengers and cargo
  • Strong overall performance
  • Exceptional ride and seat comfort
  • Lots of the latest tech and convenience features
  • GLB 250 isn't particularly exciting to drive
  • Options can quickly run the cost up
  • A more powerful AMG GLB 35 debuts
  • A blind-spot monitor and household power outlet now standard on GLB 250
  • Part of the first GLB generation introduced for 2020

Mercedes-Benz offers ever more inventive ways of exploring the spaces between existing car segments, and the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class is a textbook study. As its three letters suggest, the GLB slots in between the tidy GLA and the larger, pricier GLC, and it's a bit like a middle sibling in between hand-me-downs: too big to be subcompact, not quite large enough for a compact.

But the GLB stands apart with distinctive style, its upright boxy shape looking more like the rugged, celebrity-favorite G-wagen (G-Class) than its mainstream counterparts on either side of the product lineup. It's also exceptionally comfortable, suitably luxurious and loaded with appealing technology. The GLB even offers an available third-row seat, which is pretty much unheard of in this class. The seat is cramped to the point of being unusable, but the GLB gets credit for at least offering one.

The standard GLB isn't a particularly rousing car to drive, but that all changes this year with the introduction of the high-performance AMG GLB 35. Overall we'd recommend the GLB over its BMW X1, Audi Q3 and Volvo XC40 competitors — just mind the options list lest the reasonable base price spiral out of control. Read on for a deeper dive into the Mercedes-Benz GLB from our Expert Rating team.

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The GLB is an attractive luxury SUV for the money. Its boxy shape gives it a distinctive look while providing extra passenger and cargo space. Throw in some of the best technology available on the market and you've got one of the best small luxury SUVs around.
In our testing, the GLB 250 reached 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, which is properly quick and at the top of the class. When you stomp the pedal, there's a noticeable delay before it starts accelerating, but with a lighter pedal application, it gets underway smoothly.

The GLB isn't particularly exciting to drive, but it is more capable than most SUV owners will need. The GLB's brakes are easy to modulate for smooth stops and impressively strong when you need to make an emergency stop. Around turns, the GLB feels sure-footed and planted.
The optional multi-contour seats with ventilation and heating are comfortable for hours at a time. The massage function doesn't actually massage. Rather, it subtly changes the seatback and cushion angles to shift your contact points, which in theory should help alleviate soreness on long trips. The rear seats are lower and shorter, which means taller passengers will find thigh support lacking, but not by much.

The suspension tuning is on the soft side in Comfort mode and easily soaks up road imperfections. It can feel a little floaty on certain broad undulations, but it's far from unsettling. Sport mode dials out that softness without introducing any harshness. The cabin is pleasantly quiet on the highway, even on coarser surfaces.
The GLB's ride height and tall door openings make it easy to get in and out of. There's no need to step up or stoop down — just slip on in. Once inside, you'll find that all of the controls are logically placed and, after a very short time, you can operate them without having to take your eyes off the road.

The GLB boxy shape affords generous space compared to most of its competitors. Its tall windows provide excellent outward visibility. One minor downside: The sun visors are too small and don't provide full coverage when moved to the side of the vehicle.
The GLB gets high marks for its tech features. It comes with Mercedes' MBUX infotainment system and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. MBUX is the easiest and best system out there, with many ways to control functions. Voice commands are accurate but sometimes take a moment to process.

The GLB's driver assist features are particularly good. The adaptive cruise works great whether you're driving in dense highway traffic or cruising on the open highway. The lane-keeping assist system can be a little too aggressive in trying to keep you in the lane, but that situation is pretty rare.
The GLB makes good use of its boxy shape when it comes to taking on cargo. It'll accommodate big and bulky objects, and the low liftover height of the cargo floor and the standard power liftgate make loading easier. There are also plenty of places to keep your personal items, with large door pockets and a sizable center bin. Spring-loaded cupholder tabs keep narrow beverages secure too.

For family duty, the GLB should work out OK. A rear-facing infant safety seat can fit, but only if you keep the rear seats slid all the way back and the front seats in a reasonable position. We did notice that some car seat bases we tested were a bit hard to latch onto to the GLB's car-seat anchor points.
The EPA estimates fuel economy at 26 mpg in combined city/highway driving, making the GLB slightly more efficient than most class rivals. We observed 26 mpg on our 115-mile evaluation route, which is just a hair lower than expected but still a good result. We suspect the EPA figure should be achievable with a light foot.
The GLB splits the difference between the smaller and more affordable GLA and the slightly bigger and more expensive GLC. It's an appealing option as long as you know what you're getting. Buying one with a ton of options significantly inflates the price, and at that point you should consider the more refined GLC.

Compared with other extra-small luxury SUVs, you pay a little more for the GLB, but you also get more in terms of space, performance and comfort. As with most models in this class, the quality of materials feels a bit cheap in some areas, but overall the GLB feels worth its price.
The GLB's upright and boxy styling gives it a more traditional and utilitarian SUV look, which we like. Is the GLB fun? No, not really. But that's mostly because we've only tested the GLB 250 so far. With an AMG variant now in the lineup, though, drivers seeking more excitement should be covered.

Which GLB-Class does Edmunds recommend?

For many drivers, the base GLB 250 (or its 4Matic all-wheel-drive counterpart for slick-weather regions) is a fine choice. But for those of a sporting persuasion, we'd recommend the AMG GLB 35 for its 302-horsepower engine and performance-tuned suspension. It demands a significant price jump but transforms the GLB into a small SUV hot rod.

Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class models

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB is a small, entry-level luxury SUV with seating for five. An optional third-row of seats expands capacity for two more (very small) passengers. The GLB comes in three trim levels: GLB 250, GLB 250 4Matic and AMG GLB 35.

The GLB 250 and GLB 250 4Matic are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (221 horsepower, 258 lb-ft of torque) connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The GLB 250 is front-wheel-drive, while all-wheel drive comes standard on the 4Matic. The AMG GLB 35 uses a high-performance version of the same engine (302 hp, 295 lb-ft of torque) and eight-speed transmission. All-wheel drive comes standard.

GLB 250 and GLB 250 4Matic
The base trim GLB comes nicely equipped with standard features including:

  • LED headlights
  • Power liftgate
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Aluminum roof rails
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Push-start ignition

Interior features include:

  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable front seats with memory settings
  • Sliding and reclining rear seats
  • Household-style power outlet

Standard technology and safety features include:

  • 7-inch touchscreen display
  • Touchpad controller
  • Digital gauge cluster display
  • Mercedes' MBUX infotainment interface
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Four USB-C ports
  • Blind-spot monitor (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
  • Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking (warns if a front impact is imminent and applies the brakes if you don't respond in time)

AMG GLB 35
In addition to a more powerful engine and all-wheel drive, the new AMG GLB 35 adds:

  • 19-inch wheels
  • Aluminum and brushed steel interior trim
  • 10.25-inch infotainment display
  • Bigger driver information display
  • Customizable ambient cabin lighting

The GLB 250 and AMG GLB 35 offer abundant options, both à la carte and bundled in packages. Highlights include:

  • Driver Assistance package
    • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the GLB and the car in front
    • Lane keeping assist (steers the GLB back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
    • Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)
    • Enhanced blind-spot monitoring (can steer the GLB to help avoid a collision with a vehicle in your blind spot)
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Adaptive sport suspension
  • Third-row seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Touch door lock/unlock
  • Navigation system
  • Upgraded Burmester sound system
  • Wireless charging pad
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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class.

Average user rating: 4.6 stars
5 total reviews
5 star reviews: 60%
4 star reviews: 40%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

Trending topics in reviews

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  • appearance
  • engine
  • value
  • fuel efficiency
  • interior
  • dashboard
  • technology
  • seats
  • comfort

Most helpful consumer reviews

4/5 stars, Compact SUV with Third Row and Modern Interior
Lichking,
GLB 250 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM)
Purchased the 2021 GLB because I was looking for a compact-sized SUV with third row seating for kids. The GLB also has a modern interior, I like the turbine-style air vents and the "surfboard" infotainment and instrument cluster. Despite what others have said about navigating the infotainment, I don't find it hard or cumbersome to use. However, one nuisance is having to scroll to the radio presets every now and then on the instrument display, sometimes it doesn't save the last setting. I also like the large panoramic sunroof although that's a $1500 option. The engine is peppy and the car is nimble (for an SUV) and has great class gas mileage. There are a few annoyances though: 1) The 2nd row seats don't fold all the way down IF the seats are moved to the front most position (the headrest hits the front seats), this makes it even more difficult to climb into the 3rd row; 2) Android Auto and Apply Carplay doesn't take up the full 10.25 inch infotainment screen, Google Maps only displays 7 inches. Hopefully Mercedes will update it to fill the screen. The GLB isn't very stylish, isn't very fast and performance-oriented, and it's not the most luxurious Mercedes; however it offers the perfect practicality. The only competitor is the Discovery Sport which is also a compact, luxury SUV with a third row.
5/5 stars, A nice blend of space, tech and value
Astrod,
GLB 250 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM)
As with any family, with an additional kid we had to upgrade from my coupe. We were searching for a SUV that had space for kids and a dog, provided the latest tech and was efficient enough for California gas prices. After doing a month of research, the GLB fit the badge very well. We liked the look and the interior tech. We have had it for a month now. The mileage is as advertised. Not the most performance oriented engine but it can be zippy enough. We got parking assist which is really for city driving and parking. Music system is decent. All this at a price for a loaded regular brand. It’s been a good ride so far.
4/5 stars, Compact SUV with Third Row and Modern Interior
Lichking,
GLB 250 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM)
Purchased the 2021 GLB because I was looking for a compact-sized SUV with third row seating for kids. The GLB also has a modern interior, I like the turbine-style air vents and the "surfboard" infotainment and instrument cluster. Despite what others have said about navigating the infotainment, I don't find it hard or cumbersome to use. However, one nuisance is having to scroll to the radio presets every now and then on the instrument display, sometimes it doesn't save the last setting. I also like the large panoramic sunroof although that's a $1500 option. The engine is peppy and the car is nimble (for an SUV) and has great class gas mileage. There are a few annoyances though: 1) The 2nd row seats don't fold all the way down IF the seats are moved to the front most position (the headrest hits the front seats), this makes it even more difficult to climb into the 3rd row; 2) Android Auto and Apply Carplay doesn't take up the full 10.25 inch infotainment screen, Google Maps only displays 7 inches; 3) Fake air vents are tacky.
5/5 stars, Best suv Mercedes has ever made!
John,
GLB 250 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM)
The perfect all-rounder for families. Mercedes has clearly made a mistake in setting in the appropriate pricing policy, since it had to slot it between Gla and Glc. I am a car engineer and I have to say that despite being based on a smaller platform the Glb should definitely cost at least 10 grant more than the Glc. Get one before prices skyrocket!

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class videos

[MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER: Whether you call it an SUV, a crossover, a lifted a hatchback, or whatever, the modern SUV has to fill an extraordinary wide range of jobs from an inexpensive and fuel-efficient city commuter to a lumbering rig that can haul the family and a boat. There's a ton of diversity among SUVs which can make finding the right one for you a challenge. So in this video, we've broken down the major size and price categories for SUVs and we'll give you the recommendation for the best in each class for most buyers. Now, we're basing these recommendations on everything we've evaluated up to the point of the production of this video. Every vehicle listed here has gone through our extensive rating process where we perform a standardized road loop evaluation and performance testing, our rating process is one of the most thorough and regimented in the business. You can find more by clicking the links below to visit Edmunds.com. And you can also get a cash offer on your car by visiting Edmunds.com/sellmycar. Again, that's Edmunds.com/sellmycar. Extra small or subcompact SUVs are the smallest and least expensive crossovers-- as they're often called-- that you can buy. You get the benefits of an elevated driving position with the small exterior size for the feel of added maneuverability. Now, cost cutting is sometimes apparent. But top trim levels can feel surprisingly upscale. Our team's favorite is the Mazda CX-30. It looks sharp and has an abundance of standard technology and safety features that help offset its slightly higher starting price. On the downside, its fuel economy is a little behind the curve, but by such a small margin that it doesn't really matter. Also, total storage space trails others in this group. So why is it our pick? Well, for starters, our team really liked how it drives, from the feel of the steering to the comfortable ride. Then there's those features, from useful and standard advanced driver aids like adaptive cruise control to good phone integration all around. Lastly, the experience inside and out feels richer than the price would suggest, making it seem like you're getting a lot more for your money. Another option worth looking at is the Hyundai Kona. I point this out because on Edmunds it's nearly tied with the Mazda for first place. The Kona costs a bit less and that difference is attributable to the interior that doesn't look and feel as nice as the Mazda and a slightly more clunky drive train, in particular the shift from the optional turbo engine and transmission combo are particularly unrefined. Otherwise, it's similarly sized inside and the tech and features are also strong so it's worth a look. Extra small luxury SUV get you a prestigious badge at an affordable price. You always get luxury-grade comfort and performance-- remember that price thing-- but a few gems really stand out. Our favorite is the Mercedes Benz GLB. We think the boxy shape looks kind of cool. And it makes for a spacious interior for people and cargo. Better yet, it comes with our team's favorite entertainment system among luxury cars, if not all cars out there for sale right now. The NBUX entertainment system is really powerful so it can feel a little overwhelming at first. But its broad capabilities and voice recognition are unmatched outside of anything you'd find other than your phone. But hey, you can use that too. As far as other features go, well, it's a Mercedes, so there are a ton of options to choose from. I mean, you can even get massaging seats. But that also means the price can jump considerably as you tack those options on. So keep that in mind. Topping off the Benz is an above average fuel economy for the class, making the GLP a worthy pick for a subcompact luxury SUV. Small or compact SUV these are among the most popular out there because they balance an exterior and interior size really well. You get a lot of space without taking up much yourself. Now, these are essentially the new compact family sedans and it's easy to see why. The Honda CRV has long been our favorite in this group. We even bought one for our own long-term test and had about 50,000 miles on it before we sold it. The CRVs best attribute is not just its interior size but the cleverness of that space. It's massive. But it also has a number of useful configurations like an adjustable load floor in the rear and a really trick center armrest. It's the kind of stuff that a family can really find usable. All that being said, there are a few annoyances like the entertainment system and particularly aggressive warning alerts from some of the safety features. But the overall driving experience price and fuel economy make the CRV a really easy recommendation. We should also point out the Mazda CX5 because it's actually tied for first place in our rankings. It's not as usable as the CRV in terms of interior space. But it's a bit nicer to drive and it feels far more premium inside. So if you don't need the space and don't mind paying a touch more for a bit more luxury, the CX5 is definitely worth considering. Now let's talk about three-row SUV cars in this size category. They may seem like a good idea at first. But we have to warn you that the existence of a third row in a compact SUV can make for a really cramped experience. It takes up cargo volume itself, that third row. And the seat is usually pretty small. If it's all you can afford, well, here's what you should consider. We like the Kia Sorento because it straddles the exterior size and price between compact and midsize SUV. And it finds a sweet spot in the process. Our evaluators gave the Sorento high marks for ride quality, interior comfort, and an intuitive, though far from fancy, entertainment system. You also get decent storage, a third row row, obviously, and a lengthy warranty. It all makes a great pick for a three-row compact SUV. Here's where luxury SUVs come into their stride. There are a lot of options here with wide ranges and capability. Most anything you find here will have a comfortable ride, nice interior materials, and good performance too. Our favorite is the Mercedes Benz GLC, which delivers a luxury experience you'd expect regardless of the style you choose it in and what styles there are. There are four cylinder and hybrid versions if you care about fuel economy. And there are 500 horsepower turbo V8s if you simply want to go fast. And there's a bunch of stuff in between too. The available MBUX entertainment system is, again, among our team's favorites for its capability voice recognition and phone integration. And the right is comfortable and the interior is, of course, luxurious. Now, cargo capacity isn't as strong as some others so if you need more space, you can look elsewhere. But as for everything else, it's hard to beat what the GLC delivers. Now, you can make an argument that the Tesla Model Y falls into this category. We're making broad recommendations here, so for the Tesla, I'll say this. If your local infrastructure supports your charging needs and you are interested in EVs, the Model Y is worth strong consideration. For more info, read our ownership report on the one we bought to see if it's right for you. As SUVs get larger, you get more interior m more capability, more m and also more options, we decided to split midsize SUVs into two categories, one for SUVs that have a third row standard and the other for SUVs that don't, or SUVs that have an optional third row. We do this because there are shoppers out there who don't want a third row even though they want an SUV of around this size. Now, for three-row SUVs, the gold standard of this group is the KIA Telluride. It really is the stand out. I mean, no buts about it. It has all the features space and capability but it also has a design and approach to materials that make it seem like a luxury vehicle. There are also some really thoughtful touches inside like the location of the USB ports on the seat-back sides for the rear passengers to access. And there are some really helpful technology items in there, too, like an extensive exterior camera system. As for the downsides, well, it can't tow as much as others like the Ford Explorer, for example. And as in the time of this recording, they're actually really hard to find on dealer lots. But on balance and for the money, there are few more appealing ways to move seven or eight people than the Kia Telluride. Now, if you only want two rows in your midsize SUV consider the Honda Passport. Our testing team found it to be highly versatile and with some athleticism, too, from its V6, but also a comfortable driving SUV with tons of passenger and cargo space, not to mention a welcome assortment of standard features too. We also ran one in our long term fleet for a year so check the links below to see more about what it was like to actually own one of these vehicles. If you want something more specialized like for towing or off-road, there are better options, of course. But the Passport is a solid all-a-rounder that like the smaller Honda CRV, makes for an easy recommendation to most shoppers. Midsize luxury SUVs generally take the qualities of a standard midsize SUV like towing space and room for cargo and passengers, but add to it the latest in technology, power, and, of course, high-end premium furnishings inside and out. You'll also see some of these SUVs available as coupes. Now, these generally are the same as the standard versions or the non-coupe versions. But they have more stylized roof lines that sacrifice some practicality for style. Of the two row SUVs, well, are you tired of Mercedes dominating the recommendations? Too bad. Our top pick in this category is the Mercedes GLE which was redesigned for 2020. Like this smaller GLC, the GLE comes in a wide variety of styles, and trim levels, and engines, frankly, too many to list here. But our highlights across all the versions are an extremely powerful entertainment system and an interior that's comfortable, spacious, functional, and quiet. Now, the GLS price can jump considerably when you start playing around the options. But, hey, these are luxury SUVs. And in the case of the Benz, our team truly believes that you get what you pay for. Now, if you want the standard, third-row, no options required, check out the Audi Q7. Obviously, it's going to come up a little bit short in terms of cargo space because of the existence of that third row. But the overall package is strong. Our team said the Audi's mix of performance, comfort, and technology, and value is hard to beat. And we also gave it high marks to the interior and the way the Q7 drives. Here we get the classic utility vehicle, the family trucksters, the Canyonero. These rigs have super-size capability and space. They can haul a big family, that family stuff, you know, the family's boat or the horse too. I don't know. If you need maximum versatility, this is what these big rigs deliver. Our current top pick is the Ford Expedition, which marries excellent design with a capable truck-based platform. It can seat up to eight and tow more than 9,000 pounds depending on the configuration, and inside, the Expedition can be outfitted with all the features and toys you'd expect from a luxury vehicle. If you need more space, the Expedition Max takes the standard expeditions strengths and adds to it nine inches of length. If you absolutely need the most space possible, here's your answer. Before finishing this recommendation, though, I have to point out that Chevy's just put out a new Suburban and Tahoe. We haven't performed a full evaluation on those vehicles yet. But keep up to date with our recommendations at Edmunds.com to see if the results here change. Now here's where things start to get a little silly when it comes to opulence. These SUVs have tremendous road presence due to a combination of size, design, and power. These behemoths are as functional as they are impressive. Not many vehicles out there offer quilted leather upholstery and massaging seats along with 7,000 pound tow ratings, and upwards of 600 horsepower, and seating for seven. But the Mercedes Benz GLS does. What can we say? This is a fancy people and gear hauler that takes all the luxury elements our team likes from Mercedes and adds to them a cushy ride, and remarkable performance, and a cavernous interior. It looks great too. You're paying a lot for this kind of SUV so your expectations should be mighty high. A good thing, our team says the GLS might just be one of the most well-rounded vehicles on sale today. That wraps up our SUV recommendations for 2020 and 2021. Be sure to click on the links below for more information and be sure to like, comment, and subscribe, and, of course, thank you for watching. [MUSIC PLAYING]

The Best SUVs for 2020 & 2021 — The Top-Rated Small, Midsize, Large, Luxury SUVs and Crossovers

NOTE: This video is about the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class, but since the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$38,050
MPG & Fuel
23 City / 31 Hwy / 26 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 15.9 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed automated manual
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 221 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 182.4 in. / Height: 65.3 in. / Width: 72.2 in.
Curb Weight: 3638 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 22.0 cu.ft.
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite GLB-Class safety features:

Active Brake Assist
Emits an alert if a front collision is imminent and applies the brakes if the driver doesn't react in time.
Blind Spot Assist
Signals the driver if a vehicle is in a blind spot or if a car or bicyclist is approaching from behind when the GLB is parked.
Active Steering Assist
Uses cameras and other sensors to help the driver keep the vehicle centered in its lane while cruising, even in gentle curves.

NHTSA Overall Rating 4 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover17.9%


Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class vs. the competition

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class

2021 BMW X1

2021 BMW X1

Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class vs. BMW X1

The GLB is a competent if sedate performer, and consider the BMW X1 its sporty counterpoint. The new AMG GLB 35 balances the equation a bit, but at roughly $15,000 less than the AMG model, the X1 holds the clear value advantage. Both the GLB and the X1 offer plenty of passenger and cargo space, though the GLB can be equipped with an optional third row. Its cargo area is also better suited for loading bulky objects.

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Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class vs. Volvo XC40

The XC40's Scandinavian flair, along with its parent company's obsession with safety tech, make it one of our favorite subcompact SUVs. It falls short of the GLB's cargo capacity, however, and its infotainment isn't nearly as intuitive or useful as Mercedes' MBUX system. It's a close matchup, but we give the edge to the GLB.

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Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class vs. Audi Q3

In many ways, the Audi Q3 splits the difference between Mercedes and BMW. It's not quite as sporty as the X1 and not quite as soft as the GLB. All three cars are well stitched together inside with high-quality materials, innovative tech and comfortable, quiet rides, yet the GLB slightly pulls ahead of the Audi overall. Audi's latest infotainment system has remarkably managed to create more driver distraction.

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FAQ

Is the Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 GLB-Class both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.1 out of 10. You probably care about Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class fuel economy, so it's important to know that the GLB-Class gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg to 26 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the GLB-Class has 22.0 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class:

  • A more powerful AMG GLB 35 debuts
  • A blind-spot monitor and household power outlet now standard on GLB 250
  • Part of the first GLB generation introduced for 2020
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Is the Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class reliable?

To determine whether the Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the GLB-Class. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the GLB-Class's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 GLB-Class and gave it a 8.1 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 GLB-Class is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class?

The least-expensive 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class GLB 250 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $38,050.

Other versions include:

  • AMG GLB 35 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) which starts at $49,500
  • GLB 250 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) which starts at $40,050
  • GLB 250 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) which starts at $38,050
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What are the different models of Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class?

If you're interested in the Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class, the next question is, which GLB-Class model is right for you? GLB-Class variants include AMG GLB 35 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM), GLB 250 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM), and GLB 250 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM). For a full list of GLB-Class models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class Overview

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class is offered in the following submodels: GLB-Class AMG GLB 35, GLB-Class SUV. Available styles include AMG GLB 35 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM), GLB 250 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM), and GLB 250 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM).

What do people think of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 GLB-Class 4.6 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 GLB-Class.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 GLB-Class featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class?

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class GLB 250 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM)

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class GLB 250 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,380. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class GLB 250 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) is trending $3,018 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,018 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $42,362.

The average savings for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class GLB 250 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) is 6.7% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 2 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class GLB 250 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class GLB 250 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM)

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class GLB 250 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $47,350. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class GLB 250 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) is trending $2,689 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,689 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $44,661.

The average savings for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class GLB 250 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) is 5.7% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 87 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class GLB 250 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class AMG GLB 35 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM)

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class AMG GLB 35 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $59,675. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class AMG GLB 35 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) is trending $3,477 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,477 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $56,198.

The average savings for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class AMG GLB 35 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) is 5.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 8 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class AMG GLB 35 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Classes are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class for sale near. There are currently 97 new 2021 GLB-Classes listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $42,635 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class.

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Should I lease or buy a 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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