Mercedes-Benz, best known for its high-end luxury cars and high-performance sports cars, also manufactures four-door crossovers and sport utility vehicles.
I recently tested the Mercedes-Benz AMG GLB 35 4Matic SUV. Like other Mercedes-Benz models, this vehicle is luxurious and fast, but it also has the hauling capacity of an SUV. There are plenty of other choices for strictly functional SUVs; it’s for those who want a fast, luxurious and sporty vehicle combined with the practicality of an SUV.
AMG is the performance brand of Mercedes-Benz products.
The origins date back to the 1960s when two former Mercedes-Benz engineers set up a company to build racing engines for Mercedes. The two men were Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher. AMG comes from the initials of their surnames, as well as the initial of the town where Aufrecht was born, GroBasopach. In the late 1990s, Mercedes-Benz took control of AMG. So, in Mercedes parlance, AMG means high performance.
In the Mercedes-Benz AMG GLB 35 4Matic SUV, power comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which produces 302 horsepower. Fuel consumption is 12.7 liters per 100 km in the city and 9.4 liters per 100 km on the highway. Fuel economy isn’t one of this vehicle’s strong suits – but it’s not aimed at buyers looking for economy, but rather performance. And in this category, the AMG is outstanding.
I found this vehicle to have plenty of power when it came to merging on the highways. There is no need to stop and wait for a break in traffic to enter safely; a heavy right foot on the accelerator pedal is enough. Mercedes says it can do 0-100 km/h in 5.2 seconds.
Standard equipment includes all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Front styling includes a large grille with a huge Mercedes-Benz star in the center and the AMG badge on one side. Rear styling is more conventional; without the Mercedes-Benz and AMG logos, it might be difficult to identify.
Inside, the huge flat-bottomed steering wheel dominates the driver’s view.
There are two screens, one directly in front of the driver and the other just to the right. Both are behind a large glass covering and can be configured in different ways. I had a speedometer and tachometer directly in front of me, with the navigation screen to the side. Below are three large round ventilation openings for heating and air conditioning. The black leather upholstery is enhanced with red stitching. The interior is very spacious, partly thanks to the high roofline.
The wheelbase is 2,829 mm (111.4 in), with an overall length of 4,650 mm (183.1 in). Tweaks can change the ride from sporty to comfortable, but despite those choices, the ride can’t be described as overly soft and smooth. But again, that’s not what buyers of this type of vehicle are looking for. Driving this vehicle, especially in sport mode, makes it easy to forget that there’s all that space in the back for hauling stuff. It looks like a fast and highly maneuverable vehicle.
Pricing starts at $59,300, and the vehicle I tested had plenty of options, including the $3,100 Premium Package; $800 sailing package; $2,000 AMG driver’s package; $1,000 overnight package; and $1,600 technology package. Plus, the Patagonia Red paint job was an extra $1,400 and the 21-inch matte black AMG wheels added $1,250 to the bill. The advanced audio system and 360 camera bumped the bill up to $71,500. Freight and taxes are in addition to this.
If you want a fast, luxurious ride with excellent handling – and sometimes need hauling capability – you should consider the Mercedes-Benz AMG GLB 35 4Matic SUV.
Dale Johnson is an award-winning author, broadcaster and journalist who has worked in television, radio, print and online. Although the manufacturer has provided Dale with a vehicle to test, the contents of this review have not been reviewed or accepted by the manufacturer.
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