scorecardI drove a $51,000 Mercedes GLB250 to find out if this compact SUV is a worthy addition to the carmaker's lineup - here's the verdict
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I drove a $51,000 Mercedes GLB250 to find out if this compact SUV is a worthy addition to the carmaker's lineup - here's the verdict

Matthew DeBord   

I drove a $51,000 Mercedes GLB250 to find out if this compact SUV is a worthy addition to the carmaker's lineup - here's the verdict
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Good, not great.    Matthew DeBord/Insider

In the past three years or so, I haven't found anything to dislike about the numerous Mercedes-Benz vehicles I've tested. The new 2020 GLB compact crossover SUV, however, initially challenged my enthusiasm.

The challenge didn't last long - I ended up liking the ute, in GLB250 trim with Mercedes 4Matic all-wheel-drive system, quite a lot.

My test vehicle started at $38,600, but more than $10,000 in options raised the sticker to $51,405. Some of the extras were appealing, some you could take a pass on. It would not be impossible to get a well-equipped GLB250 for something in the mid-$40,000s.

Read on to find why I altered my initial impressions of this modest-of-scale but mighty-of-temperament Merc:




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