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Mercedes-Benz GLB180 Progressive Facelift Review
07 Mar 2024  |  Mercedes-Benz Reviews
Recently updated, the new GLB180 sports several key upgrades that help ensure it remains the star of Mercedes' compact SUV range.
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Facelift (What's New)
Revised front and rear styling
Now with 48-volt mild hybrid technology
LED High Performance headlights
Second-generation MBUX infotainment
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   Consumer Reviews of Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class Mild Hybrid
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5 Consumer Reviews
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Comfort
4.0 Reliability
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Handling
4.0 Features
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Exterior Styling
4.0 Interior Design
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Value for money
3.0 Engine Performance
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yongmeng
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Mercedes-Benz GLB180 Progressive Line Mild Hybrid: A One-Week Review  Posted on 22 Jun 2024
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WHAT I LIKE:

1. Smoothness and Engaging Drive:

Driving the GLB180 Progressive Line has been delightful, thanks to its smooth and engaging performance. The 1.3-liter turbocharged engine, with mild hybrid technology, provides an impressive boost in power during acceleration, making everyday driving responsive and enjoyable. The hybrid system ensures seamless transitions between electric and petrol power, contributing to a refined experience.


2. Luxurious Feel:

The interior of the GLB180 exudes luxury, with high-quality materials and a well-thought-out design. The seats are comfortable and supportive, and the advanced infotainment system with a 10.3-inch touchscreen adds a touch of modern sophistication. Features like ambient lighting and high-quality finishes enhance the premium feel.


3. Spacious and Practical:

The GLB180 is surprisingly spacious for a compact SUV. The 5-seat configuration offers ample legroom and headroom, making it comfortable for both driver and passengers. The muscular exterior design gives the car a robust and commanding presence.


4. Large Storage Capacity:

One standout feature is the significant storage space in its 5-seat configuration. The boot is generous, easily accommodating luggage, groceries, and essentials, making it practical for families and trips.



WHAT I DISLIKE:


1. Engine Sound:

One downside is the engine sound, which lacks the distinctive, sporty growl found in BMW models. For those who appreciate a more thrilling engine note, this might be a slight disappointment.


2. 7-Seater Configuration:

While the GLB180 can accommodate seven passengers, the 7-seater arrangement significantly compromises luggage space. This makes it less ideal for long journeys with a full passenger load, as minimal room is left for luggage.



3. Limited Storage Space for Small Items:

Despite the spacious cabin, the storage spaces for small items are limited, which can be inconvenient for storing small personal belongings.


CONCLUSION:

Overall, the GLB180 Progressive Line mild hybrid offers a luxurious, smooth, and engaging driving experience with ample space and a robust design. However, it falls short in terms of engine sound and storage options, particularly in the 7-seater configuration. For those prioritizing luxury and practicality in a stylish package, the GLB180 still a strong contender.


Xfire
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Beautiful Car and great drive  Posted on 10 Jun 2024
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Comfort 5.0 Reliability 5.0
Handling 5.0 Features 5.0
Exterior Styling 4.0 Interior Design 5.0
Value for money 3.0 Engine Performance 4.0
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This mild hybrid version surprised me. Tried the earlier version of GLB 180 (without mild hybrid) and found that the car as not as responsive, with that, I was looking at other cars for my options.

Recommended by a friend to go over to C&C and tried the mild hybrid version. Was pleasantly surprised with the pick up and responsiveness of the car. It does not feel sluggish as before and matter of fact, it felt pretty good.

The new facelift for interior looks better than the previous version. Neater and cooler somehow. The external wise, I do slightly prefer the previous version.

The 3rd row rear seats was small and really for smaller sized people. Plus sized people will find it a struggle to access in and out of the seat (like me). Putting the 3rd row seats down will gives ample boot space.

Overall, great car.

What I like
- Car performance
- The overall look
- Boot space

What I do not like
- the front grille design
- Access in and out of the 3rd row rear seats


foocm28
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Very good value for Money  Posted on 25 May 2024
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Great car, fantastic value for money, considering he is cheaper than the sub-subcompact Lexus UX it has an amazing list of features and accessories. Downsides: (1) road noise & engine noise still too loud and intrusive and unbefitting of a premium brand offering from MB. At highway speeds the engine produces a high pitch whiiiiiiine almost like a whistle, whilst the road noise from the tyres and under-chassis becomes a continuous ROAR (2) suspension is cushy and comfortable, even vaguely reminiscent of Citroen's cloud-like hydropneumatic suspension. In Sports Mode the GLB there's just a hint of unsteadiness cornering and nose-diving (when hard) (3) front instruments display in my humble opinion too small (height-wise), and as a result looks, errr, disappointingly stingy and cheapo in a premium car. (4) the "Driver advisory" Voice service can be irritating especially added to the duet performed by the OBU unit, and has to be silenced each time you start it up. (5) ideally they should make the 3rd row of seats easily removable by the user just like the torneau (6) rear doors have no courtesy/puddle lights, again a strange oversight in a premium product especially in view that they even remember to put a puddle light on the rear boot lid. Even the old 1990s era W124 saloon had puddle lights on all 4 passenger doors (7) all the driving command buttons (engine start/stop, transmission, parking brake, dynamic mode, autopark, etc) should be gathered on the central console with a safety hatch over the autopark button. As things now stand the buttons and levers for driving control functions are scattered randomly all over the dashboard and steering wheel column. (8) There should be a Ctrl-Alt-Del reboot option to reset everything instantly to factory original default (for eg by stepping on the brake pedal, pressing a physical button with right hand, and another physical button on the fob). The +/- paddle gear selectors are tiny and perched ontop of the left and right spokes of the steering wheel, which is an odd and awkward placement, requiring very strange and fiddly finger placements to operate. Paddle gear selectors should be decently sized crescent-shaped things on left and right of the steering wheel circumference - for eg as in the Mitsubishi SUV.


Dewei04
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Good car let down by design issue and service center  Posted on 09 May 2024
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Comfort 3.0 Reliability 3.0
Handling 4.0 Features 4.0
Exterior Styling 5.0 Interior Design 4.0
Value for money 3.0 Engine Performance 3.0
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I was drawn to the GLB look and collected my car in March. The driving experience (barring the noises which i will touch on later) and handling is great. The 3rd row seat is a good backup plan if you need to fetch more pax around once awhile but wouldn't recommend if you need to ferry 7 people around constantly. The engine is slightly underpowered for such a heavy car but not a big issue for me.

There are, however, 2 main issues which significantly downgrades my overall driving experience. Keeping in mind this is a new car and the noises are already as such. Cant imagine what would happen after a few years if nothing was done.

1) Whooshing sound from front windscreen with speed above 60km/hr.

The sound drives you crazy especially on expressway or NSE in Malaysia. Complained about the sound a few days after collection. Car was in C&C for a total of 1 week but issue unresolved. Been 2 months and still waiting for C&C to call me in to fix the issue. The level of service leaves much to be desired, especially when compared to BMW.

2) Clucking sound during gear change @ Speed of 30KM/H and below

Apparently this is a design issue which C&C cant fix. The sound is very audible. You now have noise @ Below 30km/hr from this issue and whooshing sound from windscreen @ Above 60km/hr. I have to add that i am not someone who is sensitive to sound but these 2 sounds are enough to degrade my driving experience.

My SA has been very nice apologising to me for these issues and helping me to followup with the service center but it seems like i am just waiting. This feels like a classic case where the company sells u a product but when something goes wrong, you are at their mercy. Not what I expect from a brand like Mercedes.

As a driver, i am sure most of us prefers a car with quiet interior. The noises are such a distraction. There are many new FL GLBs having these issue so it is not a isolated case.

What I like
Box shape SUV (Might not appeal to some)
Nice interior ambient lights
good handling and driving experience
Nice and helpful SA

What I do not like
Car seems a little too heavy resulting in engine being slightly sluggish
Design issues causing whistling wind noise (@ speed from 60km/hr)as well as clucking sound during gear change @ speed below 30km/hr
C&C service center


quippery
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Stylish Seven Seater  Posted on 10 Mar 2024
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Comfort 4.0 Reliability 4.0
Handling 4.0 Features 4.0
Exterior Styling 4.0 Interior Design 3.0
Value for money 4.0 Engine Performance 3.0
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Need to ferry seven but don't want something oversized or an MPV? This GLB is the car you're looking for.

What I like
Update brings along new lights, and a new grille on the outside. Still looks as great as ever, for all who like their crossover as boxy and rugged as they can get.

But this GLB will still look at place, even parked outside the classiest hotels.

Interior gets redesigned displays, which don't do much to wow anymore, although overall usability has been increased, this comes at the expense of the touchpad on the centre console.

Interior storage space is nothing special for a crossover.

What I do not like
Engine feels strained in this GLB180.

Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class Mild Hybrid
4 stars - based on 5 reviews