You may have read that the first-ever Mercedes-Benz GLB, which made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, would be launched next week on the 22nd of September. Following the announcement, we thought what better time than to share our first impression of it from our trip to Spain – on what it offers and what it’s like to drive.

This is a new entrant in the compact class range, for those with an active lifestyle and looking for a no-frills, rugged means of transportation by Mercedes-Benz. Upon climbing on-board, the GLB gives the impression that it’s made for more than just your average trip to the shopping mall.

Squared trims and robust materials seen on the dash, door trims, and door handles make it look more for Tomb Raider than Barbie. If anything, there’s hints of robustness from the G63 AMG we reviewed last year as well.

With the longest wheelbase among other compact models in the Mercedes-Benz range, the GLB offers third-row seats however, the Tri-star company was not over-ambitious with the GLB’s marketing and people-carrying abilities. The company highlighted that the third-row seats would suit those no taller than 168 cm.

Having launched the new CLA 45 AMG, the A 45 AMG and the new A 35 AMG hatch, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia also introduced an updated version of the C200 with a more powerful 2.0-litre engine replacing the previous 1.5-litre unit.

Just last week, they also launched the new GLS 450, the GLE 450 Coupe, and the GLE 53 coupe so in case you’re looking for a new Mercedes-Benz to toy with, fret not, there’s still no shortage of options.


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Pan Eu Jin
Regularly spend countless hours online looking at cars and parts I can't afford to buy. How a car makes you feel behind the wheel should be more important than the brand it represents - unless resale value is your thing.