With a lineup of SUVs and crossovers running from the smallish GLA 250 and best-selling mid-size GLE to the off-roadish and iconic G Class and just announced all-electric Mercedes EQS SUV, the German luxury automaker has a broad selection of offerings to meet different buyer needs and bank accounts. The 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB Class 250 is one of the brand’s two entries into the fast-expanding premium compact sport-utility segment. Principle competitors in that segment include the BMW X1, Volkswagen Tiguan, Land Rover Discovery Sport, and Lexus NX.
Offering a wide selection of luxury features, it provides comfort and roominess in a small package and can be a means for buyers to move up from a mainstream brand to a luxury one without breaking the bank, as long they resist the temptation to add too many optional equipment packages.
The GLB Class shares the Mercedes-Benz Global Compact Car Platform with the brand’s A-Class sedan, CLA Coupe and GLA SUV. The GLB offers a lot of interior space for its size courtesy of a squared-off, upright design, tall roof and longish wheelbase. It is available with 5- or 7-passenger seating and front- or all-wheel drive.
Equipped with front-wheel-drive trim, the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 is priced at $39,650, including the destination fee. The version with 4Matic all-wheel drive runs $2,000 more.