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  • What's going on YouTube?

  • We live in a time where crossovers are key

  • So brands are introducing a ton of new name plates to make sure they have something for everyone

  • This all-new Mercedes GL B is one of those models

  • Filling the space between the swoopy GLA and GL c with something boxier and unique

  • Now of course this review is only possible thanks to our friends at James Motor Company

  • So make sure to visit their dealership or check out their website if you are looking for any new Mercedes

  • So with that all said, let's see if this is the Mercedes crossover to get

  • So starting things off here with the exterior styling any similarities

  • It shares under the skin to other Mercedes models is certainly not reflected in the way. It looks

  • Besides for the flagship G Wagon

  • This is the only Benz that could be characterized as boxing which is seen particularly in the very upright grille design

  • This is the standard front end

  • but there is also an AMG line package offered which

  • Substantially changes not just the grille, but also the lower bumper areas

  • However, as far as the headlights their design stays the same no matter which model you choose as

  • You can tell these are fully LED headlights and for $900 you can add adaptive abilities and auto dimming

  • Standard models also have fog lights. But the AMG line does without them

  • As far as the rest of the styling you can really tell just how squared off things are especially in the sight profile

  • now dimensionally

  • this is sized much closer to the GLC than the GLA since it's only

  • 1.7 inches shorter though something about the styling does make it look smaller than it actually is and

  • Then around back it is pretty rugged to look at with black cladding a large rear window and

  • LED tail lights that set low down on the body

  • And then finally at the bottom you do have a chrome piece with two integrated exhaust outlets

  • So all in all the styling of this GLB will not be everybody's cup of tea

  • But that's exactly the point

  • It is designed to appeal to a different person than the GLA, which is something I think will be successful at doing

  • And moving on to the wheels there are quite a few options as you'd expect

  • You can probably tell that these are the base

  • 18-inch alloys but there are also three 19's options and two 20-inch options available

  • Heading up to the mirrors they are always heated but power folding and auto-dimming are part of the premium package

  • Additionally blind spot monitoring is further available for five hundred and fifty dollars

  • Now in regards to the other safety systems

  • Mercedes does also throw an automatic forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection as standard equipment and

  • Then choosing the drivers assistance package will give you active Lane Keeping Assist

  • Evasive steering assist and active BSM as well as the advanced adaptive cruise control system called active distance Assist Distronic

  • But anyways guys that's all there is to look at here on the outside

  • So now let's go ahead and see how much space and luxury is inside the cabin before we take it out for a test drive

  • So on the new GLB you do have mercedes latest key fobs

  • however

  • You are going to have to pay extra if you want the smart entry system as far as remote start that is include a standard

  • For three years via the mercedes meaning application

  • Now of course stick it inside the actual vehicle

  • So if all you have to do is just grab the handle since there is a sensor

  • And your ears will electrically fold out as well

  • All right, so taking a look here inside this brand new GLB

  • You're gonna notice there is some family influence from that new a-class and CLA that were introduced earlier in the year

  • Now talking about your color and material options. You do have quite a few since this is a Mercedes after all

  • So what you're going to start out with is the in VTech synthetic leather, that's what we have here. That's it

  • and of course a standard

  • You've got the option of black or macchiato colour schemes and then we go for the AMG line

  • You can choose between never gray or black with dynamic inserts

  • You also have the option of real leather

  • That comes in some different color

  • So you have black and Bahia Brown and then the AMG line has two-tone black and red or titanium grey

  • And then finally in regards to your different trims

  • You have the spiral look trim or carbon structure trim standard and then optional wood two different varieties

  • Now turning over here to your dorm it is very nicely appointed especially since this is the base glv

  • We have leatherette that goes all through here as well as across the upper part with the double stitching detail. So it looks pretty nice

  • Here we have some of that standard wood trim or excuse me. Standard spiral look trim

  • And then as far as our seats here, this is the 12 wave power adjusting seat with three person memory seating

  • That is of course standard equipment

  • You also notice we have seat heating that's available for a little under six hundred dollars and you can also add seat ventilation as well

  • Where your windows are one touch automatic

  • We come over here to the seat itself, like I said, this is the mb-tex synthetic leather

  • Does have a nice look you also notice you have your lumbar support as well as a manual thigh extension?

  • Now beyond the door trim as far as the rest of the material quality you have a pretty good selection

  • Even though this is considered an entry level bins

  • So across your upper dash here. This is all going to be finished and a soft touch plastic

  • You've got some more of this nice-looking trim. You also have a piece of

  • I guess imitation aluminum, but it looks very very realistic

  • Altar here is piano black trim

  • And then your heart touch plastics, there are some down through here. But like I said, they're reserved for all the lower areas

  • So you don't really touch all that often?

  • And everything does fit together very well

  • Of course you do have standard push-button start

  • And when you start up here you're going to notice

  • Not one, but two displays now these two displays are part of your brand new MB UX system. Just like in the a-class

  • So what you have standard is two seven inch displays, but if you go for the premium package, which our model does have

  • Both of these displays get upgraded to ten point two five inches to make this very nice long looking seamless looking display

  • Now focusing on the gauges here exclusively

  • This is the latest version

  • So what you do is just control with this little touch sensitive pad and all three of these sectors. Here are fully customizable

  • So you can just swipe through and as you can see, you've got a ton of different things you can put into each section, basically

  • Even swipe over here and change different display modes, like for instance now we are in a full-screen mode kind of futuristic looking

  • So like I said in past Mercedes with this system, this is one of the very best

  • Reconfigurable gauge clusters in the business because there's just so many different options

  • Now you could also get a head-up display. But on this lower end model, we do not have it

  • Now coming back to your steering really do have electric power assisted steering and all models will come with a leather wrap steering wheel

  • As you can see you do have like I said, they touch sensitive buttons

  • Up here for this side and then these are for the other display

  • We also do have standard rain sensing wipers on every model

  • And the steering wheel itself is manually tilt and telescoping heating is available as a two hundred and fifty dollars standalone option

  • Now as far as the shifter just like every Mercedes model you've got the column-mounted shifter

  • So for drive you just push down

  • As you can see we do have paddle shifters. These are standard across the board

  • And then for reverse you just push up the opposite direction

  • Now in this specific model here we do have the regular back up camera with active trajectory

  • however, if you go for the driving assistance package

  • You'll have a 360-degree camera system as well as the ability to automatically park in both vertical and parallel parking spots

  • and for park just press the P and

  • There is an electronic parking brake right over here

  • Now kind of related to that shifter is the amount of storage you have here in this vehicle because

  • It's out of the way. So it frees up all this area in the center console

  • So we'll start out just right underneath here as you can see. This is quite large

  • It goes down a really decent amount of space there and it is felt lined

  • There is one USB port inside of it as well

  • Up in front of that. You kind of have some blank space if you have your cup holders right here

  • And then you have a really large bin up here in the front. This is also very deep. It has nice

  • rubberized material right there

  • So things won't slide around and then you've got a 12-volt outlet as well as your second USB type-c port

  • Wireless charging is also available as a standalone option

  • All right, so heading back here this is your MB UX controller one of these several ways you can control the system

  • What I'll focus on is not that but our audio controls right over here now

  • On standard on the base model, which is what we have here is a pretty much an unspecified

  • Sound system. They don't really go into the details about it. But you also have the ability to get a

  • 590 what twelve speaker BER mister sound system if you want to have a more powerful system

  • But let's go ahead and sample this standard version

  • So overall, I have to say sound quality of this system is very good certainly doesn't sound basic or anything like that

  • All right, so now we'll go ahead and roll on up here to our dual zone automatic climate control system

  • This of course is very simple. It looks pretty much identical to what we saw on the a-class

  • So you just adjust your temperature with this toggle right there and it does appear if they're on the display

  • Most of the controls are located physically here

  • However, there are a few that you'll have to press the menu button for and that's where it will all come up here digitally

  • So you can make adjustments up here if you prefer to do that for whatever reason

  • Now this model here does not have the advanced ambient lighting with 64 colors, but if you did have that

  • Of course, you'd having ambient lighting all around the cabin, but the coolest trick would be that these vents would be lighted as well

  • So when you adjusted the temperature to be hotter, they would glow red and colder if they would glow blue

  • All right, so now that brings us up here to our ten point two five inch main MBU X display

  • So we'll go ahead and take a look through a few of the features

  • now we'll be

  • Super detailed about it in this video because we will have a dedicated tech help video

  • Available if you want to learn more about the system and a link to that is going to be in the video description

  • But basically this is just the all-new system

  • You have brand new graphics everything about this system is brand new

  • Like I mentioned a big thing about it is it's a touch display

  • You can control on the steering wheel the touchpad or via some really really good AI voice commands

  • what I mean by AI is you can just talk to it with phrases like your hey Mercedes that's the launch phrase and

  • Then it will respond to different types of queries that you ask it in natural language

  • Of course, you do have standard apple carplay and android auto both onboard

  • On this particular model, we're missing navigation. That's part of a additional package the multimedia package

  • But when you select the optional navigation system, you will get the augmented reality

  • navigation

  • Which as we've shown you and a few other Mercedes models

  • basically

  • it just shows you a live camera feed of what you're looking at out in the street and then overlays the

  • Instructions right on to it different arrows and street numbers and things like that very very neat. Very handy system

  • Now coming on up here

  • We do have the optional auto dimming mirror you could do also have optional garage door openers, which we do not have

  • And then looking up here you'll actually notice we are missing a moonroof

  • There is no standard sized moonroof offered so you go straight to a panoramic option available for $1,500

  • But anyways guys that is going to conclude all of the front areas here in this all-new GLB

  • So now go ahead and hand it off to Mason who will check out the back seats

  • So checking out the new GL B's rear door trim surprisingly you are going to have materials that do follow through from the front

  • So all this area is leather padded and even the upper portion is also a soft touch leather route with stitching going through

  • Down below that you have your door handle as well as a large amount of drawer storage. I

  • Do want to point out before I get in that the seats can slide back and forth

  • Now here in the center area even though this is a cheaper mercedes-benz product they don't really skimp on the features

  • So all GL B's will come with a rear vents as standard equipment

  • Down below that you have this little storage compartment and further below that you will find these pop-out outlets

  • So you have a 115 volt household stock outlet back here as well as two USB type C's

  • And here in the center area

  • You have any their traditional armrest with pop-out cupholders in the end

  • And up top, of course you do have an assist crypt as well as a cookbook

  • Now as far as the rear legroom is concerned in this new GLB

  • This is one of the areas that I'm actually very impressed with it actually comes in larger than the Mercedes

  • GLC at 38 inches of rear legroom and 39 inches of rear headroom

  • Which is quite a bit larger than its main rivals like the Audi q3

  • It's actually about 2 inches larger than that

  • And as you can see behind Dru sitting position I have about I would say

  • 10 inches of rear legroom and my feet definitely don't have any issues sliding up under the seat. So I'm definitely very comfortable back here

  • Now one of the things that I that is very unique about this car is that you can actually get a third row option

  • As you can tell this particular model does not have that third row option

  • However, if you do get that, I would expect the third row to have a pretty small amount of space. It's rated at 29 inches

  • And also it's worth noting that if you get that third row, the second row is reduced by two inches as well

  • Now heading around to the tailgate a power one is standard across all GL B's

  • And it's also hands-free if you opt for the premium package

  • So all you have to do is wait for it under the bumper to open it up

  • And once inside the gops trunk you are going to find a surprisingly good amount of space

  • you're going to find 24 cubic feet of space behind the second row seats and that expands to

  • 57 cubic feet if you fold the segment row now how that compares to other mercedes-benz models

  • That's right in line with the GLC and quite a bit above its main rivals once again

  • however, if you opt for the third row option

  • It is worth noting that you're gonna have five cubic feet of space

  • If behind that third row, if you go for that option and down below we do have a good carpeted floor board

  • As you can see it pops up and you do have quite a bit of storage up under here

  • I don't know how much of this will be usable because it doesn't look like there's a floor

  • But it does have quite a bit of smoke

  • And off to the side you do have a little cup cubby over here as well as a cargo cover

  • and some lighting

  • Now looking at the passenger seat you do have your lumbar support right here and you do also have your standard

  • 12 Y power adjusting seats right here as you can see

  • Memory seats are also thrown in standard across the board as well

  • And in front of the passenger you have this nice little area right here

  • Down below that a really quite large a glove box. I'm very impressed

  • It goes back quite deep ways and it is also felt lined as well as illuminated

  • And up top we do have a Sun Visor with LED illumination a mirror

  • And it does also detach. However, it does not have an extension

  • But anyway guys that sums up all of the rear stuff about the new glv

  • So now let's go ahead and take it out in the road and see how it performs there

  • Now before we really get started here I just want to go ahead and apologize we're having some technical

  • Difficulties today, so we're down to only one GoPro. And as you guys know from earlier in the video, we don't have a moonroof

  • So that's why you could just kind of looking at the angle directly on us. We normally don't

  • Like to do that really we want to keep it facing out the windshield, but that's not an option today who our faces

  • Yeah, you get to get to look at our face today

  • unfortunately

  • Alright so that was our basically first acceleration here and the 2020 glb

  • Idea why I keep getting focused I never get any phone calls. I just keep getting repeated over and over phone calls from different numbers

  • anyway

  • As I'm trying to say, this is just everything's going bad today

  • Acceleration is definitely pretty good. It really has a more scoot than I thought it was going to

  • This engine is shared with the CLA, it's actually a different version than our