View of the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 hugging a mountain curve

The 2021 Merceds-Benz GLB is the boxy big brother of the popular GLA crossover. With more room inside, and a higher ground clearance outside, is this the small crossover you've been waiting for? We have a closer look, right now.

If you mix a Merlot and a Cabernet, the resulting drink may very well have a flavor that is entirely new. Such it is in the new Mercedes-Benz GLB. This is a sub-compact that takes elements of other Mercedes' vehicles, and put them together for something that is an entirely new experience.

The GLB 250 starts at just over $38,000*. The model we're testing here has a number of tasty upgrades, for a price of $49,725 US-dollars, including destination and delivery.

Borrowed from the smaller GLA, the engine in the GLB 250 is a 2-liter turbo-charged four cylinder that puts out up to 221 horsepower and 258 lbs-ft of torque. This is connected to a standard 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. Our tester was also equipped with the optional 4Matic all-wheel drive system. Power and grip can be managed using the built-in dynamic system, which features a variety of settings including Sport and Off-Road modes.

Exterior view of the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250

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EPA rates this setup at up to 30 miles to the gallon on the highway and 23 in the city**. Making it quite competitive in terms of economy.

In the back, this little unit can haul up to 62 cubic feet of cargo with the second row folded flat. A third row is available.

The second row is quite spacious even for a grown adult, with plenty of headroom. Our tester came with AC and USB-C sockets for charging devices on the go, in addition to an armrest with integrated cup holders.

Thanks to the addition of the Premium Package, our test car was loaded with dual wide-screen displays. One replaced the gauge cluster. The other, entertainment and car settings. Both are integrated to look like a single ultra-wide display. This is one of the best designs currently on the market.

Both displays are sharp and colorful, with lots of available configuration options.

The central display also allows you to customize other aspects of the GLB with the optional color lighting kit, vehicle setup and advanced safety configurations.

Speaking of safety, our test car featured blind-spot warnings, collision mitigation, and a nice backup camera with guides. Adaptive cruise control is available in an optional package.

On the road the GLB is an engaging attitude that should appeal to younger buyers. It's quick for the class and the optional adjustable dampers allow drivers to dial-in a setting that's right for them.

Switch into off-road mode and with the available all-wheel drive and 7.9-inches of ground clearance, the GLB 250 is ready for casual forest roads and ski slopes.

For a fun, flexible luxury crossover that's ready for whatever life is going to throw at you, consider the new Mercedes GLB 250.

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*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

**Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending on specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.