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Mercedes-Benz GLB

7/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Mercedes-Benz GLB

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Running costs and reliability

Prices start at £34,200 for the petrol-engined GLB200 in entry-level Sport trim, which buys you 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, a reversing camera and twin 7-inch screens. The GLB200 is actually the only engine where you get a choice of all four trims: Sport, AMG Line, AMG Line Premium and AMG Line Premium Plus. The 200d and 220d start at AMG Line – meaning the vast majority of GLBs you see in the UK will have 19-inch alloys, tinted glass and sporty-looking trim.

AMG Line Premium is probably the one to aim for – for £3,000 over and above AMG Line (which is £1,500 more than Sport) it adds the widescreen infotainment system (with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto), ambient lighting, wireless phone charging and a better stereo among other things. Another £3,000 buys you AMG Line Premium Plus, giving you adaptive LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, a load more driver assistance systems and memory seats. All-wheel drive is a £1,600 option on the 200d, and standard on the 220d.

Everything gets seven-seats, though curiously if you go for the all-wheel drive 220d AMG Line Premium, likely to be the most popular model in the UK, you can save yourself £750 and get marginally more boot space by sticking with five. We are not sure why you would do this. With seven seats it costs £42,950. Prices and specs haven’t yet been released for the GLB35.

Far as running costs go, the entry-level petrol manages between 36.2 and 40.4mpg and 134g/km of CO2. The 200d claims between 46.3 and 51.4, with CO2 emissions from 126g/km (all-wheel drive marginally decreases fuel economy and increases CO2 emissions), while the 220d claims between 44.1 and 48.7mph and emits 135g/km of CO2. BIK rates range between 30 and 33 per cent, meaning all regular GLBs pay the same £210 RFL.

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