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Car Review - Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class GLB35 AMG 4MATIC 7-Seater (A)
18 Feb 2021  |  Mercedes-Benz Reviews
With potent power, handsome purposeful styling and ample equipment, the GLB35 serves up a dose of family-friend excitement and occasional performance.
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What We Dislike
Engine doesn't sound nice at high revs
Third row best left for kids only
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   Consumer Reviews of Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class
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OVERALL RATING
 
5 Reviewers
3.5 out of 5
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Comfort
4/5 Reliability
4/5
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Handling
4/5 Features
3.5/5
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Exterior Styling
4/5 Interior Design
4/5
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Value for money
3.5/5 Engine Performance
3/5
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5 Reviews

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MoSamir
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2 reviews
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0 forum posts Joined on 15-Nov-2021
The Perfect Performance Family Car  Posted on 19 Dec 2021
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Overall Rating
 
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 4/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 4/5 Interior Design 4/5
Value for money 4/5 Engine Performance 4/5
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Review
The Mercedes AMG GLB 35 is a unique car as there are no other such cars in its segments providing the perfect blend between family practicality and performance.

The reason the GLB has been very popular in Singapore is because of its unique ability to seat 7 people while in the dimensions of a crossover. This GLB can be either specified with 5 or 7 seats. Although when all 7 seats are up the boot space might be underwhelming, when the last 2 seats are folded, you would be presented with around 570 litres of boot space, which is bigger than the similarly priced GLC 300. The room in the third row is too little for adults to sit for long, but with the adjustable second row, it can be adjusted for adults to sit there for a short 30-minute trip. It is best left for kids for longer journeys. The space in the second row is spacious and can hold 3 adults easily.

The infotainment system is the same in the A and B classes, as such the experience is similar. It performs without any lag and the touchscreen is responsive.

The engine is the same engine you would find in an A35, with 302 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque. Although AMG enthusiasts might argue this engine is not a true blue AMG engine as it is not handbuilt and heavily turbocharged, the engine is very fun and punchy. The exhaust note is loud enough for you to ooh and ahh to, with occasional pops. The steering is very responsive with lots of feedback, which would be one thing expected from an AMG car.

Ride quality is better than the normal GLB as the suspension is lowered to make the car height almost the same as an A-class and it comes with adaptive dampers to balance the sportier suspension. Although it cannot be compared with that of an E class, it does the job by soaking up bumps in the road very well. Body-roll is inevitable as it is a boxy-shaped car, but better than the normal GLB due to its lowered height.

The styling makes the car look more ferocious with 20-inch AMG multispoke wheels and a Panamericana grille and black chrome around the car. It would definitely stand out from the crowd as an AMG due to the number of badges around the car.

Overall the GLB 35 is the perfect balance for a family person who craves a sportier performance yet has to fulfill his or her family responsibilities in a family-friendly manner.

What I like
I like the versatility of the car. You can either have a huge 570-litre boot or use the boot space to seat 2 kids. The third row also has ISOFIX points, thus can be used to put younger kids while not interrupting the seating of other passengers by eating in into their space. The car can be either used as a road coaster or a roller coaster as it is very comfortable in comfort settings and turns into a sportier beast when in sports mode. Thus it can be used to transport families from one place to another in a safe and fuss-free manner and also used as a track machine to drive around racetracks.

I like how it is priced very close to the GLC 300 as it has more features despite being a lower-ranked model. It has more features like adaptive dampers and a better engine which you cannot get or have to pay more to get in the GLC. It also has very few competitors and gives young drivers a choice from driving a boring expensive MPV.

I like how many features come as standard unlike other models in Mercedes' line-up, which gives a good value for money factor. It would also have good resale value due to it being rare in Singapore and being an AMG.

What I do not like
I do not like why the night package does not come as standard as without it the car lacks the stealthier beast feel. I really do not have many things to not like except its price as at 300k, one can get more premium higher-ranked models like GLC and E class, which provide a higher level of refinement.

The engine might be underwhelming from the outside due to the turbochargers and soft limiters. The fuel economy is pretty mediocre, around 11.2 litres per 100km, which is worse than what most performance cars with similar capacity give.

Blackie_32
Neutral Newbie
2 reviews
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0 forum posts Joined on 14-Mar-2008
Decent looking functionable Merc.  Posted on 09 Nov 2021
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Overall Rating
 
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 3/5
Handling 4/5 Features 3/5
Exterior Styling 4/5 Interior Design 4/5
Value for money 4/5 Engine Performance 2/5
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Owned this C&C AMG line unit for almost 4mths.
Good for family use.
Exterior & interior superbly done with little complaints, handling was reasonable good for a compact sized SUV.
However, do not expect too much performance from a 1.332L turbo engine.

What I like
The looks
Interior
AMG line trim
Road tax
Ease when parking, car length @ 4,634mm
Ad hoc 7 seater

What I do not like
Not traditional Merc engine, slow in pick up & gear change translate to too draggy
No rear air-con vent. Optional to add by forking out $
Air con hose leak after driving for 2mths, resolved by C&C though.
Rear 3rd row, with 2 folding seats strongly recommended for kids
Doesn't come with much safety features unlike most of new cars

DTT
DTT
Neutral Newbie
1 reviews
0 points
0 forum posts Joined on 14-Jan-2021
Excellent value and driving performance!  Posted on 14 Jan 2021
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Comfort 5/5 Reliability 5/5
Handling 5/5 Features 5/5
Exterior Styling 5/5 Interior Design 5/5
Value for money 5/5 Engine Performance 4/5
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Tested the GLB200, at 1.3L Turbocharge and 161 bhp, the engine performance and power is excellent. The ride is comfortable enough and road bumps are not too noticeable. Exteriorly, this is unmistakably Mercedes, grand and majestic. Interior is posh especially with the optional 10 inch cockpit and spacious.

What I like
Beautiful exterior and interior.
Excellent performance for a 1.3L turbocharged engine.
7 seater.

What I do not like
The 3rd row is slightly tight but still manageable if you carry kids in that row.

Kenhirai
Neutral Newbie
1 reviews
0 points
0 forum posts Joined on 31-Oct-2020
This is the one I need  Posted on 07 Jan 2021
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Comfort 5/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 4/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 5/5 Interior Design 5/5
Value for money 4/5 Engine Performance 4/5
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After driving owning the vehicle for nearly 3 weeks at around 800+ mileage now, I can say it is really really a good car. Mercedes GLB really performs way way better than all the other car I had owned or driven before, including the likes of Lexus and BMW. MBUX system adds additional options to your everyday driving. Savings on road tax with 1.3T engine also doesn't mean it's slow on pick up or anything like that. It's drive is comparable to a 1.8L pick up. Here is the summary.......

What I like
-exterior
-interior
-MBUX infotainment system rocks.
-Alcantara leather

What I do not like
Actually really nothing. It's really best in its class. (Cannot compare to MB S class or such or any vehicle of a different Different level)

Mervynwm
1st Gear
127 reviews
76 points
65 forum posts Joined on 15-Mar-2009
Only if you want a Mercedes Benz.  Posted on 22 Nov 2020
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 3/5 Features 2/5
Exterior Styling 3/5 Interior Design 3/5
Value for money 2/5 Engine Performance 2/5
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Review
Went to C&C to test drive this 7 seater SUV.

First looks, nice curves for a compact SUV meant to have 7 seats. Looking like a Land Rover Defender.

Inside, interior is a new look whereby the "Glass" Dashboard, with MBUX incorporated in it. Front seats kinda uptight and back not as spacious comparing with other 7 seater like Audi Q7 or Skoda Kodiaq or even a 5 seater SUV like Subaru Forester.

The Drive, moving off in COMFORT mode was ok but somehow gearshifts were a little slow in engagement. Then in SPORTS mode, the pushy is not there at all and tends to be noisy when revved hard.

There is no lane departure assist fitted too which is pretty essential in the city roads we have here and somehow is already a norm in many out there.

Otherwise, the full auto parking (reverse only) is a good to have where you do not even need your hands to engage gears or your foot on the brake. This car does it all the moment you engage the feature, got a lot and engage to R. Strange is does not come with parallel parking.

Overall, if you are not that particular in the drive and only want a Mercedes, this can be considerable, else for a fitting 7 seating SUV, there are others that serves better and lower price tag too.

What I like
Full auto parking (reverse only)
1.3L does save road tax

What I do not like
1.3L too draggy
No lane departure assist
Tight back cabin
Pricey
Many other things are "options"

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Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class
3.5 stars - based on 5 reviews