What the critics say
The 2020 Mercedes GLB 250
The newest compact SUV from Mercedes-Benz “seems laboratory-designed to fit the desires and lifestyles of aspiring families.” Slotting into the already narrow space between the GLA and the GLC, the first-ever GLB turns out to be “surprisingly practical for its size” as well as semi-affordable. “It’s a handsome sucker, too, in part because it presents itself with the honest upright grace that once characterized most every truck-inspired SUV.” Its upright stance also makes it feel roomier than anything else in its class.
Opt for the 20-inch wheels and AMG style package and the GLB changes persona: less a “rugged little cute-ute,” more “a grown-up hot hatch.” Whether you choose front-wheel drive or four-wheel, you’ll get 26 mpg in combined city/highway mileage and an array of tech features, including an overeager voice-activated virtual assistant. Though you pay extra even for leather, “exercise a little restraint” and you can drive away a modestly optioned version for about $47,000.
The Wall Street Journal
Out on the road, this winsome crossover feels “fully alert, plenty composed, and corner-confident.” And somehow, despite its diminutive size, it can be purchased with a third row that’s at least big enough for kids on a short carpool jaunt. Still, it’s the adorableness that matters most. “Daimler will sell all they can make.” ■