2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class

MSRP $38,600 - $40,600

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2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 17, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Launched first in the year 2020, the Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class wraps comfort and elegance with practicality like no other luxury brand. At least for now. Yes, the GLB’s footprint is not much larger than the new updated Mercedes-Benz GLA class, but the GLB can rope in a third row as well if you want it to. And, that’s the biggest advantage which it has over its main rivals such as the BMW X1, Audi Q3, and Volvo XC40. The youngest mainstream member is the Mercedes-Benz family; the GLB-Class sits between the A-Class and C-Class and closely resembles both of its aforementioned siblings. 

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Pros

Immensely spacious and practical

An appealing and inoffensive design

Vastly improved and industry-best MBUX system

Brilliant ride and handling

Plenty of features and tech on board

Cons

The base trim is poorly equipped

Limited third-row space

What's New?

No major changes for 2022


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$38600

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

221 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 1800 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Strut

suspension rear

Multi-Link

brake rotors (f/r)

13/12.6 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

111.4 in.

length

182.4 in.

width

72.2 in.

height

65.3 in.

capacity

cargo volume

62 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/26/30 mpg

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

GLB$38,600 onwards

GLB 250$40,600 onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class in Denim Blue Metallic color
Denim Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.0

Engine and Performace

6.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

9.0

7.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.1

Overall Rating


Its compact proportions and cabin layout remind you of the A-Class while its long and somewhat unique side-profile makes it a wanna-be GLC-Class. Hate it or like it, the GLB is more about value in a tighter package with those looking for a luxury compact SUV with good practicality. It looks bold yet modern, offers delightful performance and outstanding ride and handling in its class. All that composition with starting MSRP of just over $38,00 is very promising. Not to forget though that the GLB is still very young and fresh and witnessed only some minor features and optional updates for its current 2021 model. The upcoming 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class is very likely to follow suit though.


7.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition


2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class Features

Mercedes-Benz doesn’t seem to offer major changes to the GLB-Class, as of now. What that means is that buyers would still have a standalone option; the GLB 250. Although there's also a GLB 35 AMG, but owing to its performance moniker, it is treated as a separate model altogether. While there’s a single-engine available with the regular GLB 250 though which comes standard as FWD, butter can grab the $2000 optional 4MATIC all-wheel drive as well. 

Also, if you are someone who finds the $40K Mercedes to be lacking features there is an optional premium package available. The package adds blind-spot monitoring, auto-dimming side-view mirrors, and dual 10.3 -inch displays for infotainment and gauge clusters. For a sportier look, an AMG line body kit is available at extra cost. The kit brings only the looks of a Mercedes AMG and not its performance. If we are to consider the history of the GLB-Class we could expect an actual AMG version of the car with a more powerful engine offering robust performance for a higher price tag.

Trim

GLB 250/250 4Matic

MSRP (FWD)

$39,650

MSRP (AWD)

$41,650

Key Features

Heated and/or ventilated seats

 

Dual-Zone climate control with dust, pollen, and activated charcoal odor filter

 

64-color LED ambient lighting

 

4-wheel independent suspension with adaptive damping

 

Intelligent Drive driver assistance technology

 

MBUX interior assistant feature

 

Burmester Surround sound system

 

20-inch alloy wheels

Which trim should you buy?

With only one trim level to choose from, the GLB-Class doesn’t leave much choice to its customers. The choice between the regular FWD GLB or the AWD GLB 4Matic is a personal choice depending on the buyer's need and use case scenario. Furthermore, buyers can also pair the GLB with their desired optional packages and features.

Expected release date

While Mercedes is yet to make a statement on the official release date of the 2022 GLB-Class, we expect it to hit the stores by the end of 2021. With no major updates, the transition of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class into its 2022 model year would be smooth and minimalistic. 

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class Engine and Performance

No changes on the power front and the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class continue to derive all its house from a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the engine churns out 221 hp, and power is sent either to the front or all four wheels. The engine feels peppy and refined with a linear and steady power delivery. The 8-speed automatic compliments the four-cylinder engine well with precise and hassle-free shifts. On startups, the engine gets going in an instant and the healthy torque pushes the current 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class from 0-60 in just 6.0 seconds. Even in terms of braking, the ventilated discs at all four corners have a good bite into them and the brake pedal feels firm and inspiring as well. Stopping from 60-0n MPH takes 123 feet which is at par with its segment standards. 

The ride doesn’t feel much sporty owing to its bigger size and form factor; however, the handling is great with a good response. The car is able to cruise through twists and turns rather easily with the driver feeling confident. The independent suspension, electronic power steering, and power mode selector enhance and tune the performance of the car for a variety of personalities from economy-minded to Sporty to comfort soaked. In most of its driving modes, the car has a good throttle response combined with nicely weighted steering. The sports mode further enhances the steering effort and throttle response making the car more aggressive and fun to drive.

Models

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB250*

2021 BMW X1 sDrive28i

2021 AUDI Q3 Premium 45 TFSI

2021 Volvo XC40 R-Design

MSRP

$39,650

$35,400

$35,695

$36,195

Engine

2.0-liter turbo inline-4 

2.0-liter turbo inline-4

2.0-liter turbo inline-4

2.0-liter turbo inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

AWD

FWD

Transmission

8-speed dual-clutch automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

221 @ 5500

228 @ 5000

221 @ 4500

187 @ 4700

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

258 @ 1800

258 @ 1450

184 @ 4500

221 @ 1400

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.0

6.4

7.4

6.2

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

14.7

14.9

15.7

14.8

Top Speed (MPH)

131

129

130

131

60-0 MPH (feet)

123

122

125

121

*2021 MY data used for reference

All the cars in the competition are pretty similarly matched with none having any monstrous advantage over another. The BMW X1 produces the most power and torque spec-wise, while the Volvo XC40 falls behind in terms of power-producing 187hp and 221lb.-ft of torque. However, the performances are commendable with an average 0-60 timing of around 6.2 seconds. The Audi is the only AWD car in comparison and is the slowest in terms of 0-60 timings and quarter-mile timings. While the GLB is a new entry into the class it is well equipped to meet the competition in performance.

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB seems to provide an average MPG for the luxury crossover it represents. The FWD model of the car carries an estimated fuel rating of 23 MPG in the city, 31 MPG on the highway, and a combined efficiency of 26 MPG. The 4Matic version also provides the same MPG except on the highway where the figure drops slightly to 30 MPG. Compared to the previous models the GLB is expected to have a fuel tank capacity of 15.9 gallons.

Models

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB250*

2021 BMW X1 sDrive28i

2021 AUDI Q3 Premium 45 TFSI

2021 Volvo XC40 R-Design

MPG (City)

23

24

22

23

MPG (Highway)

31

33

30

32

MPG (Combined)

26

27

25

26

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

15.9

16.1

15.9

14.2

Range (City/Highway/Combined; miles)

366/493/413

386/531/435

350/477/398

327/454/369

*2021 MY data used for reference

The fuel efficiency offered by the GLB is similar to that of its peers. The BMW X1 provides the most efficiency of 27 MPG, while the Audi Q3 provides the least. The Volvo XC40 and the Mercedes-Benz GLB provide similar efficiencies. The BMW X1 has the largest capacity fuel tank at 16.1 gallons compared to 15.9 on the Q3 and GLB250. Volvo features the smallest fuel tank with 14.2 gallons and results in much lower ranges than the Mercedes despite similar MPG figures.

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class Interior

6.0/10

The standard seating capacity on the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 is five passengers. However, the car opens up ample space on the inside to accommodate up to seven passengers with the optional third row. The interior space is good with a lot of adjustments. The seats are comfortable and can sustain a long journey. Seats are available in heated cooled and leather-wrapped versions. The interior fit and finish are one of the finest in its segment with leather, wood, and brushed metallic accents across the cabin to uplift the luxury quotient.

With the multiple power adjustments and plenty of headroom and legroom, one can easily find a good driving position. The second row of seats slides to expand legroom or cargo space depending on the need. However, fitting three adults can be difficult. The optional third-row seats are so small that the company suggests only medium-sized passengers or children be accommodated. The cargo capacity stands at 26 cubic ft behind the second row of seats.

Models

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB250*

2021 BMW X1 sDrive28i

2021 AUDI Q3 Premium 45 TFSI

2021 Volvo XC40 R-Design

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

40.7/55.9/41.1

39.1/55.6/40.3

39.6/56.7/40.0

39.0/56.7/40.9

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

39.3/54.9/38.1

39.4/55.2/37.0

37.6/55.1/36.1

39.1/56.3/36.1

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

26

27.1

23.7

20.7

*2021 MY data used for reference

The 2022 GLB-Class is quite spacious in comparison to its competition. The car has the most head and legroom on both front and rear seats. Also, the cargo capacity is great at 26 cubic ft. It is only surpassed by the BMW X1 in terms of cargo capacity with 27.1 cubic ft. The Volvo has the least cargo carrying capacity at 20.7 cubic feet. Key interior features in the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class are:

  • Sports power front seat with three-position memory
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with dust, pollen, and odor filters
  • 64-color ambient LED lighting
  • Natural grain black linden wood trim
  • Power front seats with memory
  • Leather steering with paddle shifters

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The GLB-Class stands tall for the list of technological features the car provides. It is equipped with the MBUX infotainment which features 14’ inches of digital real estate. There’s a 7.0-inch digital instrument panel and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system as well. Both the screens are merged together which look like a single piece of floating screen. The digital cockpit has good graphics and can be customized easily via steering-mounted controls. 

The central infotainment screen is sharp and crisp with good visibility and is also quick in its responses. The system comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smartphone integration. This is easily one of the better systems out there in the market and also the easiest to operate. The system can be controlled in different ways including voice command, gestures, and steering mounted controls. Key infotainment features in the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class are:

  • Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX)
  • 7” high-resolution color touchscreen multimedia display
  • 7” digital instrument cluster
  • Smartphone integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Voice assistant with natural language understanding
  • Hands-free Bluetooth interface
  • MBUX augmented video for navigation
  • Burmester surround sound

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class Exterior

7.0/10

The GLB features the box-like design of the G Class into compact cars. The big SUV attributes of the very famous Mercedes-Benz G-Class are scaled-down well into the GLB’s medium dimensions. It is chunky but in a friendly manner. The design is quite square-jawed and comes out as a rugged design. The big headlights are placed on a large grille with a big tristar logo which can be illuminated if you desire. The long roofline tapers into the rear gradually without the coupe-like drape. The car features a simple SUV style which can be further enhanced in appearance with Night and AMG line packages that enlarges the spoiler and brings flare along with bigger wheels.

Models

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB250*

2021 BMW X1 sDrive28i

2021 AUDI Q3 Premium 45 TFSI

2021 Volvo XC40 R-Design

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,869

3,554

3,902

3,574

Length (inches)

182.4

175.5

176.6

174.2

Width (inches)

79.5

71.7

72.8

73.3

Height (inches)

65.3

62.9

62.9

65.3

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.2

8.0

NA

8.3

Wheelbase (inches)

111.4

105.1

105.5

106.4

*2021 MY data used for reference

The GLB is a big car in terms of dimensions when compared to its counterparts. The car weighs in at over 3800 pounds making it second only to the Audi Q3. The car has the most length, width, and height. The wheelbase of the car is the longest at 11.4 inches while the rest of the competition settles around 105-106. The large dimensions can be attributed to the fact that this car has an optional third row of seating. Also, the ground clearance is respectable at 8.2 which is at par with what the competition offers. Key exterior features in the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class are:

Powered liftgate

  • Automatic light-sensing headlamps
  • Keyless entry
  • 19” wheels
  • Chrome diamond-block grille
  • Gloss black exterior and wheel accents

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class Safety

6.0/10

Being a new Mercedes-Benz product, it’s no surprise that the GLB-Class gets a bunch of advanced safety features. The crossover comes with active brake assist, adaptive braking, auto emergency braking, and cruise control as standard. Blind-spot monitoring was made a standard feature with the previous generation of the car. Mercedes-Benz offers a rather long list of optional safety features for the car including automatic lane changing, adaptive cruise control, automatic park assists, and a surround-view camera system. 

Sadly though, ratings are not yet available as the NHTSA and the IIHS have not crash-tested the 2022 GLB250. However, we do expect the score to be in line with or improved over the previous model. The NHTSA awarded the 2021 GLB-Class with a four-star for its FWD trim level and five stars for the AWD trim level. Salient safety features of the car include the following:

  • Blindspot assist with exit warning
  • 3 Stage electronic stability program
  • Antitheft alarm system with remote panic feature
  • Crosswind assist
  • Adaptive braking technology
  • Predictive brake priming
  • Hill Start assist
  • PARKTRONIC with active parking assist
  • Lane change assist with evasive steering assist

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class Competition

9.0/10

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 vs 2021 BMW X1 sDrive28i

The BMW X1 offers good performance and handling. Adding the M Sport option makes it an even sharper performer. The X1 provides excellent fuel efficiency and ranges. The X1 is comparatively cheaper than the Mercedes and comes with free maintenance for 4 years/50,000 miles. However, the car doesn’t feature Android auto, and cabin noise can be an issue.

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 vs 2021 Audi Q3 45 TFSI

The Audi Q3 is marginally cheaper than the Mercedes and offers similar fuel efficiencies. The Audi provides decent handling combined with engaging driving dynamics and the smaller dimensions make it easier to park and maneuver out of tight spots. However, it falls short on space inside the cabin. The Benz fares better in terms of performance with better power and torque figures. Also, cargo capacity in Q3 is comparatively smaller than that of the GLB.

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 vs 2021 Volvo XC40 R-Design

The Volvo stands out with its bluff styling and minimalist cabin. Also, the XC40 offers excellent safety and reliability features and provides a better relaxing drive. Also, the smaller dimensions help in the easy maneuvering of the car through busy streets and tight spots. The Bez is more powerful and has better performance along with a bigger cabin. The Benz has more head and legroom on both rows of seats. However, the Volvo remains a non-German alternative in a class dominated by German cars.

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class Final Verdict

The new Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class is a solid contender in the compact SUV space offering the vibes and features of the larger SUVs from the brand. The car brings a fresh look with its boxy design and decent power combined with good fuel efficiency. The MUBX system on the car is a great system and notable addition to the car. The optional third-row makes the car extra appealing to anyone who wants to seat more passengers. In the populated luxury compact SUV market, the GLB debuts as a solid contender which can easily be recommended. This car definitely deserves a test drive before making a final decision to prove itself.