Having a family can be tough. There’s a balancing act that’s needed to juggle between responsibilities and leisure, and that’s not particularly easy to do when times are tough. Some moments can feel mundane, while others can be rewarding. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB, with its practical and spacious interior that’s complemented by its breathtaking performance and exquisite style, aims to do just that–reward you.
SUVs have now become the default family vehicle of choice, especially due to the practicality these vehicles offer. The Mercedes-Benz GLB 200 AMG Line is no exception to this. Its upright silhouette provides families plenty of room inside the vehicle. However, the GLB’s exterior design isn’t just all about function. Like every vehicle deserving the three-pointed star badge, there’s still a sense of art and beauty at the GLB’s design. The AMG Line exterior also makes it look tastefully sporty, with its striking set of 19-inch AMG five twin-spoke alloy wheels and prominent front grille. A simple stare at the GLB’s lines and creases is indeed an occasion of its own.
Driving can oftentimes be a chore, but with the premium interior provided by this Mercedes-Benz GLB 200 AMG Line, every drive becomes a special moment. The tactile soft-touch surfaces and aluminum trims are sure to please the senses every time your hands come in contact with them. For even more excitement, the red stitching details and sporty ARTICO leather and suede combination upholstery serve as a hint of what lies ahead the moment the driver presses the engine start button.
Also equally rewarding are the onboard amenities that the family can enjoy. The Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system is both smart and tech-savvy. The 7-inch infotainment screen and digital gauges are clear and sharp, plus the user interface itself is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Apart from using the system via the touch screen or the touchpad, MBUX can be summoned by simply saying “Hey, Mercedes” which provides ease of use not just to the driver, but to other occupants as well.
Once the system is summoned, all you have to do is talk to the voice assistant just like you would with a human being. For instance, you can say natural voice prompts such as “Hey Mercedes, I’m cold,” to increase the temperature. You could also ask the system to change the radio station or access various vehicle settings. Of course, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are equipped as standard in this infotainment system.
The best part about the Mercedes-Benz GLB is how practical and flexible it is. Not only does it offer plenty of space for those seated at the second row, but the GLB is also the only luxury SUV in its class to offer third-row seating. The added benefit of the third-row seats enables the GLB to carry seven people in luxury and comfort. If the third-row seats are not needed, trunk space stands at a generous 500 liters, which is versatile and practical for carrying flat-pack furniture or even an entire garden’s worth of plants for your plantita/plantito collection.
Under its elegant hood is a 1.3-liter inline-4 turbocharged gasoline motor that produces 163 hp and 250 Nm of torque, which are impressive numbers for such a compact engine. Whether you’re in the city or driving through two-lane provincial roads, there’s no shortage of power when you want to surge ahead of everyone else. Power is sent to the front wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic that aims to make every gear change smooth when you need it yet engaging and rewarding when you want it.
Not only is its engine powerful, but it’s also fuel-efficient and eco-friendly, with a fuel economy figure of 6.0-6.2 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of as low as 137 g/km. This is thanks to the engine’s ability to shut off two of its cylinders for efficient operation in the partial-load range.
As with every Mercedes-Benz, the GLB has been tuned to offer an exceptional level of ride comfort and high-speed stability. The low interior noise levels and stable handling make every drive relaxing, while the punchy turbo engine is a willing dance partner during more enthusiastic and spirited drives. Whatever the situation, the Mercedes-Benz GLB is sure to offer a rewarding drive with its front seats that are equipped with Seat Kinetics. This feature basically does minor adjustments to the power-adjustable driver’s seat with two-person memory in order to avoid fatigue when driving for long distances.
The Mercedes-Benz GLB is more than just a practical and versatile luxury SUV for your daily needs and adventures. Thanks to its artful style, impeccable build quality, exhilarating performance, and excellent fuel efficiency, the three-row GLB makes even the most mundane moments of family life rewarding. It’s a compact luxury SUV that only a brand like Mercedes-Benz can engineer.
This feature article was created in partnership with Mercedes-Benz Philippines.