Right, it’s another crossover folks, this time an A-Class that can seat seven people, and it’s called the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB – so should we just try and get through this together?
Okay, here goes. You know how Mercedes sold out for that sweet front wheel drive cash way back in the 1990s with the original A-Class? Ever since then the folks in Stuttgart weren’t entirely sure what to do with the first letter of the alphabet, but since it was right there at the beginning for everyone to see obviously they had to do something. So they tried a shrunken minivan that killed a bunch of moose and then they decided to bother with the second generation, and then they got bored of minivans and turned the A-Class into a premium hot-hatch.
Now the Merc front wheel drive platform isn’t exactly news any more, but the German manufacturer has figured out a way to turn it into a seven-seater crossover. Oh what fun for all the family, and the dogs, and a total of 1,800 litres of cargo. Except then you’d have to fold the rear seats flat and chuck a couple of people out – it can be a fun game for the kids, like musical chairs, but everyone gets to shut up and then two people stay on the kerb.
Otherwise it’s not a bad looking crossover this thing, as far as crossovers go. It was only a coupe of months ago that Mercedes showed a concept in Shanghai and the GLB is ready for the road, with all-wheel drive and a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine rated at 224 horsepower and 350Nm of torque in the GLB 250. This gets the crossover from zero to 100km/h in just less than seven seconds, which is hot hatch territory.
Gizmos include variable torque distribution, a pretty slick smart cruise control system, multi beam LED headlights as well as Merc’s latest generation infotainment system. If you still don’t like it, you can try the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Range Rover Evoque or some or other Lexus or Infiniti, they’re bound to make a bunch of uninspiring crossovers as well.