In the segment of small luxury SUVs, many buyers cross paths with the BMW X1 and the Mercedes-Benz GLB. They are very similar, with similar power, similar and more. Both pamper you with luxurious appointments inside and the latest technology too. But the X1 has one key advantage over the GLB.
The BMW X1 has all-wheel drive as standard
While the BMW and Mercedes-Benz GLB are similar, the X1 comes standard with all-wheel drive. At BMW, that means it’s called the BMW X1 xDrive28i. xDrive stands for all-wheel drive and not all BMW SUVs are equipped with it. The X1 starts at $38,600.
gained a couple of inches in length and width. That extra dimension also gave it easier handling. However, BMW has added a giant love-it-or-hate-bean grille, to make sure everyone knows you’re rocking a Bimmer.
This update also gave the interior a new look and feel. It has two screens, one in the instrument cluster and a larger one in the centre. Inside it now has the easier to use iDrive8 infotainment system with navigation. Additionally, all X1s have dual-zone climate control and a power liftgate. A $1,950 package that includes heated seats and a steering wheel is also an option, as is a premium technology package for $4,200 that adds a 360-degree camera, pop-up display, and more. In that package, you also get an automatic park function, lane centering and adaptive cruise control.
Do all Mercedes GLB SUVs have seven seats?
The GLB offers one thing BMW doesn’t, and that’s a third row of seats. The optional rear row is an $850 option and sets this little SUV apart and adds two small seats to use in a pinch.
The Mercedes GLB packs many of the luxury features buyers want. It’s Mercedes’ second smallest SUV, and it’s noticeably but not appreciably smaller than the , but has more room than the GLA. It still has the good looks of the other Mercedes SUVs, especially on the inside, e.g. The cockpit of the 2023 GLB 250 has five turbine-like air vents, a cool gray aluminum dashboard with carbon-like trim, and a giant screen that stretches from the driver’s dash to the center console. For 2023, it reports it will receive a facelift.
The 2023 GLB250 starts at $39,800 in a two-wheel drive version. For about $3,000 more you can add Mercedes all-wheel drive, and that’s the only trim option. It has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 221 horsepower, and that’s tied to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. While it’s not fast or sporty, this SUV tends more to pamper passengers with lots of leather, elegant finishes and lots of new MB technology.