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When it comes to SUVs, we’re spoilt for choice. There are small ones, big ones, fast ones, practical ones, hybrid ones and even fully electric ones. With such a great variety, it’s slightly surprising that there are very few seven-seater SUVs with a premium badge that aren’t the size of an aircraft carrier. This is where the new Mercedes GLB steps in.
The ‘B’ in the name might lead you to think it’s smaller inside than the GLC, but, despite being a couple of centimetres shorter, it can seat two additional passengers on a third row of seats. It’s priced similarly to the five-seat BMW X3 and Audi Q5, as well as the Land Rover Discovery Sport; the latter being the only premium SUV to stuff seven seats into a relatively affordable package until now. Don’t forget, either, that the Peugeot 5008 is a pretty good choice for a seven-seat SUV if you forego the premium badge.
The GLB is, in fact, closely related to the B-Class MPV under the surface, and comes with a choice of three familiar engines; a with a fourth, AMG-fettled one expected at a later date. An automatic gearbox is standard across the range, the entry-level engine getting seven speeds and the rest eight. Four wheel drive is available available on most engines, but the least expensive models are front-wheel drive as standard.
Read on for everything you’ll want to know, including which version of the Mercedes GLB to go for. If you’re ready to splash the cash, head over to our New Car Buying pages to find out how much you could save on the brochure price.