Roy Orbison and compact crossovers are growing on me as I age. A consequence of achy knees and feels that comes with many years and many more miles, perhaps. I wish I could say the same about my smarts, though. 

The wisdom in compact crossovers like the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class certainly isn’t in its low price. Its $51,210 price tag is anything but compact, yet it nearly pulls off a luxury car and crossover impossibility: The GLB250 almost feels worth it. 

The GLB-Class shares much in common with the A-Class, GLA-Class, and CLA-Class, including engines, infotainment, and some hardware. I’ve only driven 50% of that lineup but I’d bet more than a paycheck that the GLB is the one to have of the bunch. Our TCC Rating largely agrees; the GLB earns a 6.8, which is higher than the other three. 

I spent a week in the GLB250, poring through the crossover’s deep…

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