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Mercedes-Benz vehicles stand in a class of their own. Even when compared to other luxury vehicles, Mercedes-Benz cars and SUVs stand out. So comparing the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB to the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan may seem odd at first. However, despite their many differences, these two SUVs have more in common than it might at first appear. Not only do they share a distinctive design feature, but the higher-end VW Tiguan trim levels do have some pretty impressive features. Still, when you compare these two side-by-side, it becomes clear why Mercedes-Benz retains its reputation for top-of-the-line excellence.
Despite their many differences, these two SUVs share a similar design feature: they're both available in two- and three-row varieties. However, this does look different for both SUVs. The Mercedes-Benz GLB comes standard as a two-row SUV, with a third row available as an upgrade. By contrast, the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan comes standard as a three-row SUV, with all-wheel drive models having two rows (though you can choose to add a third row to AWD models).
Despite this design similarity, these two SUVs are otherwise incredibly different in design. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB starts things off with a combination of attractive styling and quality components. Full LED lighting is standard, as are 18-inch alloy wheels. The halogen headlights and 17-inch wheels on the VW Tiguan are much less impressive. But it's not just the outside where the design differs.
The cabin of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB is trimmed in high-quality materials and designed with everyone's comfort in mind. The standard MB-Tex upholstery looks and feels like leather but is easy to care for, while the VW Tiguan starts off with cloth upholstery. Two-zone automatic climate control, power front seats with memory, and a power liftgate are just a few of the features that come standard in the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB, but are available upgrades only in the VW Tiguan.
The Mercedes-Benz User Experience integrates the various technological functions of the Mercedes-Benz GLB to create an experience that is advanced and intuitive. The standard Voice Control with Natural Language Understanding is a perfect example of this, as it enables you to control the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB without having to memorize a set of prompts. To get voice control in the VW Tiguan, you'll have to upgrade to a higher trim level, and it still won't have the same level of intuitive understanding. And when you want to use your hands rather than your voice, the entry-level Mercedes-Benz GLB has both a 7-inch touchscreen multimedia display in the center stack and an ergonomically placed touchpad controller that makes use of smartphone-inspired multitouch gestures, as well as one-touch hard keys. The 2020 VW Tiguan only has a 6.5-inch touchscreen and lacks a touchpad controller. Upgrading to a higher Tiguan trim level does mean that you can get an 8-inch touchscreen. Meanwhile, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB offers a stunning 10.25-inch touchscreen display as part of the Premium Package!
To the fore of the steering wheel, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB also comes with a 7-inch high-resolution digital instrument cluster. This cluster includes a speedometer and a multifunction display, and it's more intuitive than the standard instrument cluster that comes standard in the VW Tiguan. What's more, the available Burmester Surround Sound System in the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB demonstrates exceptional attention to detail and quality--much more so than the 9-speaker audio system that is the highest offered by the VW Tiguan.
When it comes to performance, there's no competition between these two SUVs. The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan comes with a turbo engine that puts out 184 horsepower and a respectable 221 lb.-ft. of torque, but that's nothing to what the Mercedes-Benz GLB has. Its powerful turbo engine generates a stunning 221 horsepower, as well as 258 pound-feet of torque. Despite this superior power, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB still gets better gas mileage than the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan. Both have eight-speed automatic transmissions, but the transmission in the Mercedes-Benz GLB is much more advanced. It's a dual-clutch transmission, which means that you won't experience the temporary power loss that can occur during shifts. Shifts in the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB are smooth and effortless enough that you may not even notice them at first! By comparison, the reviewers at Car and Driver write about the 2020 VW Tiguan that the "reticence of the eight-speed automatic to downshift combined with noticeable turbo lag means that the Tiguan feels anything but eager off the line and a bit slothful around town."
The 2020 VW Tiguan does have some driver assistance features included. Specifically, it comes standard with forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitor, and rear traffic alert. It also offers adaptive cruise control, a lane keeping system, park distance control, and an overhead view camera. These are all pretty standard features, and they can all be found in one form or another in the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB. But Mercedes-Benz also comes with a number of features that you won't get in the Volkswagen Tiguan at all. ATTENTION ASSIST® monitors up to 70 parameters of driving behavior; if it notices that you appear drowsy or distracted, it can alert you so that you can take the necessary steps to address the issue. Crosswind Assist helps keep you in control even when strong gusts of wind strike the side of your vehicle, and these are just the standard features! Available options include Speed Limit Assist, which can detect posted speed limit signs, Evasive Steering Assist, which can help you steer to avoid sudden obstacles, and Route-based Speed Adaptation, which can help slow down your vehicle for curves and obstacles when you're using DISTRONIC® cruise control. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB even offers available PRESAFE® Sound, which emits a pink noise tone just before a collision that can help your ears shut out loud noises, minimizing the hearing damage that comes with crashes.
It's true that the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB is considerably more than the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan. But there are some features that you can't get on any but the top-of-the-line Tiguan model, including power front seats with memory, ambient lighting, and the 9-speaker audio system. In addition, the 2020 VW Tiguan will never get the standard powerful handling and stunning driver assistance features of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB. We invite you to our showroom to experience this SUV for yourself.
|2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB||2020 Volkswagen Tiguan|
|30 Highway / 23 City||Standard Fuel Economy (MPG)||29 Highway / 22 City|
|Standard Feature||LED Headlights||Available Upgrade|
|Standard Feature||Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control||Available Upgrade|
|Standard Feature||Voice Control||Available Upgrade|
|Standard Feature||Power Liftgate||Available Upgrade|
|MB-Tex Leatherette||Standard Seat Trim||Cloth|
|Available Upgrade||Evasive Steering Assist||Not Available|
|2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB|
|2020 Volkswagen Tiguan|
|30 Highway / 23 City|
|Standard Fuel Economy (MPG)|
|29 Highway / 22 City|
|Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control|
|Standard Seat Trim|
|Evasive Steering Assist|
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