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Checked out the Mercedes GLB & EQB at a mall: My quick observations

While ingress into the third row is relatively easy, egress is a total nightmare. My shoe kept getting stuck, and it took quite a bit of acrobatics to get out of there fully.

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Got a chance to check out the GLB/EQB today at Phoenix Palladium. A couple of quick impressions:

  • That 3rd row is UNUSABLE. Period. For context, I’m a 5’4’’ 13-year-old, and I would not want to be in there for more than 5 minutes. Plus, the lack of rear vents truly suffocates you. Big thumbs down to Mercedes on this. I would’ve preferred a 5-seat GLB, because boot space with all three rows up is, frankly speaking, atrocious.
  • Second-row comfort is decent, even with the seat slid slightly ahead for a little more third-row. Seat material is nice and feels quite good.
  • While ingress into the third row is relatively easy, egress is a total nightmare. My shoe kept getting stuck, and it took quite a bit of acrobatics to get out of there fully.
  • What I do like is the interior up front. The cabin feels cozy and quite plush. I quite liked the ambient lighting elements as they seemed well-integrated and made the cabin feel just that extra bit nicer.
  • Additionally, I must concede that the car looks BRILLIANT. It really does resemble the GLS from many angles, although a fellow young enthusiast I met there didn’t think the car looked like the GLS at all.
  • The SA said that Mercedes is genuinely serious with the GLB and EQB, and isn’t just bringing the GLB as a stopgap until the next gen GLC arrives. Merc wants to create a new market niche / segment with these products, so the XC40 Recharge / EV6 aren’t in Merc’s line of sight at all. I’m all for manufacturers creating firsts in the Indian market, so I’m glad to see them trying and appreciate it. Something I don’t appreciate as much? The SA said the next-gen GLC will touch ONE CRORE!!!

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