The Volvo XC40 is sought after for its bold and upbeat exterior, stylish cabin and array of standardized tech features. But what happens when it goes up against the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB Class, an SUV with a smooth infotainment setup, plenty of room for passengers and formidable performance?

Design & Style

The Mercedes-Benz GLB Class offers 3 row seating with the option of all or front wheel drive. Passengers within the cabin will be presented with a classy environment that is covered in leather, polished wood and smooth metallic surfaces. Its latest features include blind area monitoring, which has now been standardized, and drivers will operate the vehicle with telescoping steering while sitting in seats that can be heated or ventilated.

The Volvo XC40 also offers the option of front or all-wheel drive and its newest features consist of LED lights which are adaptive, mirrors which power fold and dim automatically, dual USB-C ports and TuneIn radio. The vehicle can also be equipped with windshield wipers that are heated and parking sensors have now been added to the rear.

Technology & Safety

The Volvo XC40 has received top scores both from the IIHS and NHTSA, which gave it a perfect five star rating. It has every safety feature that driver's demand, including emergency automatic brakes, lane management and departure notifications, cruise control which is adaptive and the ability to operate semi-autonomously. Luxuries within its cabin include nine inch displays, Sensus infotainment, shift knob made with Orrefors crystal and driftwood trim.

While the Mercedes-Benz GLB Class has not yet received the same safety accolades as the Volvo, it has many of the same features, including lane assistance and adaptive cruise control. Luxuries within its cabin include Bluetooth Support, wireless smartphone charging, heads up screen, ten inch displays, leather upholstery and ambient lights. The climate control is outstanding and covers two zones.


The Mercedes-Benz GLB Class comes with a turbocharged, 4 cylinder engine that is 2 liter and capable of generating 221 horsepower. It is wedded to an automatic eight speed transmission that is dual clutch, enabling it to accelerate from zero to sixty in around six seconds. Those that purchase the Volvo XC40 T5 will get an engine that can generate 248 horsepower that can also accelerate from zero to sixty in six seconds.

The Bottom Line

The Volvo XC40 and Mercedes-Benz GLB Class are practically tied when it comes to safety features and zero to sixty acceleration times. Be that as it may, the Volvo still generates greater horsepower, and this combined with the Mercedes-Benz's sluggish throttle and tight cabin space in the third row makes the Volvo XC40 the victor.

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