Tried & Tested: Mercedes Benz GLB

Lindsay Judge   |   27-12-2020

Gargash Mercedes-Benz presents the arrival of the Mercedes-Benz GLB in the UAE; a modern SUV that is designed with the desert in mind.


The Mercedes-Benz GLB brings together the functionality of an SUV with the quality and reliability of Mercedes- Benz with an incredibly smooth drive that is loved by all the family. The new GLB combines impeccable design, intelligent functionality and high-comfort to create a versatile compact SUV – the perfect partner for every individual, through every role they play in life. This highly anticipated launch welcomes the GLB to the UAE for the first time through Mercedes-Benz authorised dealer Gargash Enterprises.


From weekends away in the Emirates, to running the kids to school and day trips at the beach the Mercedes-Benz GLB is equipped to adapt to any lifestyle and while its size allows for up to seven passengers, its design ensures it’s easy to manoeuvre and pleasant to drive. Spacious and family-friendly, it is the first car in this segment that is optionally available as a seven-seater, ensuring a seamless transition from five to seven-seater with minimal effort. With powerful and efficient four-cylinder engines the GLB doesn’t struggle with power, no matter how loaded the seats are!



The latest driving assistance systems offer cooperative support for the driver, while the state-of-the-art infotainment system MBUX allows for a fully personalized experience. Our personal favourite touch is the interchangeable colour lighting system which adds a playful side to the vehicle at night time. The comprehensive convenience control ENERGIZING Comfort member allows for complete relaxation while driving. Comfort details in the third row include two drinks holders between the seats as well as two stowage compartments with rubberised insert on the left and right in the load compartment trim, each housing a USB port. The seats can be lowered so that they are flush with the load compartment floor in order to extend the load compartment.


of features that make it ideal for the UAE’s desert with special off-road functions that ensure a smooth journey across even rougher terrains. This includes an upright front section with striking headlamps and short overhangs at the front and rear. The doors reach over the sidebar, improving ease of access, and keep the door apertures free of soiling as well as increasing protection in a side impact. An optional Off-Road Engineering Package comes with additional MULTUBEAM LED headlamps, as well as a special off-road light for optimal vision in the dark. The Off-Road Engineering Package also includes an additional drive mode, as well as a media display that offers a realistic presentation of the terrain to judge manoeuvres better. The hill-start assistance system Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR) automatically adheres to a preselected, slow speed and targeted brake applications helps retain control during steep downhill driving.



In addition to the off-road light, the Off-Road Engineering Package includes an additional drive mode. It adapts the power delivery of the engine, the characteristics of 4MATIC and ABS intervention control for off-road driving in easy terrain. Additionally, an animation of the journey ahead can be viewed in the media display allowing for an easier smoother drive helps the driver to judge driving manoeuvres better.


The GLB is optionally equipped with the permanent all-wheel system 4MATIC, with fully variable torque distribution. This sporty all-wheel-drive configuration allows the driver to use the DYNAMIC SELECT switch to influence the characteristics of 4MATIC. Three characteristic maps are available to control the all-wheel-drive clutch, though the system responds flexibly to the current driving situation in any mode. In off-road mode the all-wheel-drive clutch acts as an inter-axle differential lock, with the basic distribution a balanced 50:50.



Safety equipment includes extendible head restraints, seat belts with belt tensioners and belt force limiters on all outer seats, complete with a side window airbag which also protects the passengers in the third seat row plus ISOFIX and TOP-Tether anchorages for suitable child seats. These can be used to fasten up to four child seats in seat rows two and three.


Thanks to its camera and radar systems, the GLB is able to see up to 500 meters ahead and drive in semi-automated mode in certain situations. As a new function of the Active Steering Assist, among other things, there is also the intuitive Active Lane Change Assist. If the Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC is additionally on board, the GLB also has the function extended automatic restart on motorways. There is a full parking assist system with cameras to allow parking to be easy in any space.


The GLB has the longest wheelbase of the current compact-class generation from Mercedes-Benz allowing for more space and extra comfort. At 967 millimetres, the effective legroom in the rear of the five-seater is at an especially comfortable level. The smooth contoured exterior of the vehicle means it looks smaller than it is and ensure it’s pleasing on the eye. All-round protective claddings divide the overall proportions and emphasise the vehicle’s off-road character, as does the stylised skid plate at the front and rear. The elevated roof rails are made of polished aluminium to complete the sleek and polished design.


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