2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB250 Review

All-new for the 2020 model year, the Mercedes-Benz GLB250 boasts an aura of sportiness beyond that of most compact SUVs. Even better, the styling cues of its larger siblings translate nicely to the GLB’s more diminutive dimensions — while still proudly proclaiming its Benz-ness.

The usual spate of Mercedes high tech is either standard or available, including semi-autonomous operation.

Power comes from a 221-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four that’s also good for 258 ft-lbs of torque. In all frankness, it could be smoother and yeah, its performance potential won’t set your hair on fire. However, the engine is more than adequate for this application and it averaged 27 mpg during my testing.

Aimed more at pavement than dirt, the GLB will be happier in Beverly Hills than back off in the hills. However, few people are going to wish it were capable of doing anything different anyway.

Meanwhile, the GLB250 absolutely covers ground with the competence and authority we’ve come to expect from a Mercedes-Benz. And, you gotta admit it looks pretty wicked in all black.

So yeah, I like it.

Pricing starts at $36,900.

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