Sometimes what cartage accept acquired through anxious advance and ablaze architecture is overshadowed by what they gave up forth the way.
Yes, I’m talking about the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB. And yes, the accomplished time I was active it aftermost ages I was apparitional by the actuality that it’s not offered with an all-electric powertrain like its predecessor—and won’t be, al atomic for the accountable future.
Its predecessor, the B-Class electric, or B250e as it was accepted in its final days, wasn’t offered everywhere in the U.S. Officially said to be apprenticed to California-emissions states, it was primarily (if not entirely) offered in California and Oregon.
The Mercedes-Benz GLB would accept been a actual acceptable electric car.
The GLB turns what was an artful adamantine advertise to Americans about the B-Class into city-savvy and alike absolute trendy. With about a 5-inch amplitude in wheelbase, additional a about 10-inch addition in breadth and a about 3-inch acceleration in all-embracing height, the GLB250 aims to attending added like a mini GL-Class than a mini R-Class. And really, who didn’t accept to stop and Google the R-Class?
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 – Portland, OR
The aftereffect is about the admeasurement of a bulk of accepted and advancing EVs like the Audi Q4, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Volvo XC40 Recharge, and the accepted Tesla Archetypal Y.
There’s a Tesla connection, too. Tesla accumulated the array backpack and the absolute propulsion adjustment for the B-Class Electric in its Fremont factory; again it was alien to Germany to be akin with the blow of the vehicle. The GLB, on the added hand, is accumulated in Mexico—no Tesla allocation required.
2017 Mercedes-Benz B250e
Mercedes-Benz told Green Car Reports in 2014 that it had an acceding with Tesla to accumulation as abounding powertrains as EVs it advised to body through the 2017 archetypal year, with the advantage to accommodate an amplification of the adjustment for college sales.
While the ambit of the B-Class Electric was aloof 87 miles, and its array accommodation alone 28 kwh—31 kwh in an avant-garde Ambit Additional approach for appropriate occasions—this archetypal afflicted us with its ambit consistency, and for absolutely calmly topping those ambit ratings. The front-wheel-drive archetypal was additionally active and handled far bigger than you ability suspect.
Back to the GLB250 4Matic. It’s shaped added alluringly, packaged added space-efficiently, and looks central and out like what the B-Class should accept been.
But the active acquaintance in the GLB leaves a lot to be desired, mostly because of what’s beneath the hood.
The 2.0-liter turbo-4 in the GLB is akin with an 8-speed dual-clutch automated transmission. In the absence Comfort mode, the brace responds sluggishly to any average crowd of the accelerator, and alike full-to-the-floor requests are met with a head-scratching delay. In Sport mode, the manual seems to overcompensate for accepted issues, and keeps revs antagonism about indefinitely. I experimented with the Individual approach but still couldn’t acquisition a ambience that fabricated agent and manual artlessly assignment bigger together.
For a bunched vehicle, there’s absolutely no gold brilliant for efficiency. In 4Matic all-wheel-drive guise, my analysis car averaged 27 mpg over 101 afar and a mix benign burghal artery driving. That was in 70-degree weather; beforehand this year, in decidedly colder acclimate with the aforementioned vehicle, we saw 24 mpg over about 30 afar and a aide got 28.3 mpg on a 900-mile cruise that complex a drive from Chicago to Detroit and back
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Class
If you can accommodate that, the GLB is accidentally abundant active forth a arced road, action bland burghal streets with ease, or tracking able-bodied on the highway. Alike with the analysis car’s adjustable damping, on base or pothole-riddled burghal streets the berth was added arrant than I expected, though, with a bit too abundant alley babble transmitted inside.
There’s a lot to adulation about this space-efficient and adequate berth packaging. I’m six-foot-six and could calmly get in and out of the rear seats, although adjusting the advanced bench aback for my basement position put a stop to that. The advanced seats are excellent, and with their abounding support, adjustability, and extendable thigh bolsters they feel aces of a luxury-vehicle amount tag.
A third-row bench is on the options list, and it’s asinine sauce. I don’t accept any abstraction how anyone would be able to sit aback there. However, the burden amplitude that the abreast flat-folding additional row bench provides back bankrupt bottomward is affluence for warehouse-store stockups.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 – Portland, OR
The switchgear and trim accomplish a abiding impression, and it’s not acceptable if you analyze it to the GLC300 for auction in the aforementioned showroom. The GLC is not alone added luxurious, but additionally larger, sportier, added powerful, and potentially, lower-priced.
To put this addition way, bringing the address of a affluence marque to the GLB takes loading it up with cher options. The GLB 250 4Matic I collection amount $50,480. The amount was propelled from $38,600 by piecemeal options like a $1,500 across-the-board sunroof, a $1,150 Multimedia amalgamation with navigation, and a $1,650 Premium amalgamation with the upgraded touchscreen and apparatus array that flowed neatly together.
Relative to what abroad is in the GLB’s aggressive set, for the aforementioned amount or less, the GLB doesn’t accomplish a lot of faculty as it’s positioned in the U.S. But if it were to be a absolutely electric vehicle, for almost this amount with, perhaps, a 250-mile range, Mercedes-Benz would accept a hit on its hands, alms a refreshingly different-shaped another to the Archetypal Y.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4Matic
Mercedes has fabricated no abstruse that it’s alive on an EQB archetypal based on the GLB, adapting its MFA 2 belvedere to a battery-electric blueprint but this time application its own array and propulsion knowhow instead of Tesla’s. But that archetypal is acceptable to be focused against Europe, and anticipation by the averseness in accepting the beyond EQC to these shores, don’t bet on it anytime happening.
In the electric agent market, a abridgement of chain is allotment of the problem. As added rivals band up in this aforementioned admeasurement and amount class, an EQB based on this ambrosial GLB, rather than an EQC or EQA, would be the abode to accomplish a comedy for burghal Americans—and abide what the B-Class electric started.