The Mercedes GLB is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with exhaust turbocharger that produces 221 horsepower, it's mated to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 8G dual clutch transmission which sends power to the wheels. Mercedes claims the acceleration from 0-60 mph takes only 5.1 seconds which is impressive for an SUV weighing 3600 lbs.
For those looking for even more performance can opt for the Mercedes-AMG GLB Class that bumps the horsepower up to 302 and comes standard with all-wheel drive and the eight-speed transmission. The AMG model comes with its signature AMG styling, as well as flat-bottom steering wheel, micro-fiber with leather steering upholstery and additional driver-assistance technology.
The GLB comes with an impressive list of standard features including 18-inch aluminum wheels, LED headlights, daytime running and fog lights, heated power mirrors with turn signal indicators, power front seats with memory settings, dual-zone climate control, an HD radio with 8-speakers, navigation, 7-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto wireless phone connectivity.
Safety features are abundant with 7 airbags, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes with brake assist, hill hold control, a tire specific low tire pressure warning system, Active Brake Assist with Emergency Braking, pedestrian detection, Mbrace Connect restricted driving mode, rain sensing wipers and a driver attention alert, all as standard equipment.
Additional customization can be done by adding optional equipment including several wheel options which allow the buyer to upgrade to 19- or 20-inch wheels, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, Panorama Roof, Blind Spot Warning, a head-up display, SiriusXM radio, Burmester Surround Sound System, 64-color ambient lighting and wireless charging.
Several packages are also available including a Driver Assistance Package with Route-Based Speed Adaptation, Distronic Plus with Steering Assist and Pre-Safe Plus with Pre-Safe Sound, a Parking Assistance package that adds PARKTRONIC w/Advance Parking Assist and a Surround View Camera System and a Multimedia Package with navigation, traffic sign assist and Mercedes Me Essentials Package.
Whether it's an abbreviated cargo hold or dramatic changes to how it feels on the road, some gas cars that are later electrified can feel like middling compromises. Not the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB. Despite running on a standard front-wheel-drive platform, this compact SUV feels like it was designed to be an EV from the get-go.
In pictures, Mercedes' EQ electric vehicle face looks a little awkward on the EQB's body, but that's likely because we're so used to seeing standard GLB-Class SUVs out and about. In person, the smooth headlight and grille combination looks right at home, correctly proportioned to the small SUV's shape. The taillights are different, too, and they look cooler than what the standard GLB gets.
Inside, things are closer to the norm. It's largely the same as the regular GLB, with the long display housing two 12-inch screens, some visually interesting trim in front of the passenger, a suitably large cubby under the climate controls and optional seating for seven. The back row remains outside the realm of usability for large adults, and the lower half of the cabin contains some surprisingly thin plastics, but the EQB's boxy shape lets in a lot of light and makes the cabin feel pretty darn airy.
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