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2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLB 35 review

Words by Nathan Irvine

Small, yet perfectly formed

Looks really are deceiving. Especially when it comes to this new SUV from Mercedes-Benz. On the outside, it's your mild-mannered, family car - squat in stature without a hint of menace about it. Inside, there's a ton of space and even just enough room to comfortably make use of the 7-seats. But then you start it up and tickle the gas pedal, and all of a sudden that quiet exterior is replaced by a rampant beast.

See, in case you missed the important information in the title of the car, this is an AMG-specced vehicle. Known for making cars go extremely fast, AMG's meddling here makes the GLB 35 a seriously fun ride. It wants to go hurtle along at pace and will lurch forward with every light press of the accelerator. It certainly took some getting used to, especially when it wanted to leap over speed bumps around my community. But out on the open road, it really comes into its own.

Supplied We can imagine the exhaust pipes howling at the moonlight

Tech-savvy

The electric-turbocharger helps to shift the car from 0-100 kmh in 6.2 seconds, which is definitely impressive for a car of this size and shape. Click the GLB35 into Sport or Sport+ and the AMG tuned engine suddenly discovers its race car spirit. It's also a joy to drive. The car is grippy in and out of corners, and the zen-balanced handling makes it a pleasure to drive.

It's obviously not all about the speed, mind. The GLB35 provides supreme comfort while delivering that Mercedes signature hi-tech vibe throughout. From the superb in-car entertainment to the crystal-clear touchscreen displays that can tweak just about any options you could hope for, the gadgets are top notch.

Although it's not the sexiest stat, it's worth mentioning that the GLB 35 is 52kpg, making it somewhat economic when it comes to the fuel.

With power on tap under a fairly muted exterior, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLB 35 is classic example to never judge a book by its cover.

Prices start from AED 232,500

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