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0 MILES

They say this will be the best-selling com­pact Merc. Hmm. I ap­proach the GLB 35 with doubts.

10 MILES

Our fully loaded test car costs around £70,000. No way, guys. No way. It just doesn’t feel that spe­cial, at least not yet.

75 MILES

MBUX is to­day’s best user in­ter­face. Voice con­trol is like talk­ing to a friend.

134 MILES

Hit a bumpy sur­face and the dashboard rat­tles and drones. The leather looks, feels and smells fake on any sur­face.

187 MILES

It doesn’t feel that fast. But at least it’s quicker than – hang on, was that a po­lice car?

201 MILES

I hate the trans­mis­sion; both the ’box it­self and its stalk. Chang­ing your di­rec­tion of travel is a test of pa­tience.

241 MILES

Down to a quar­ter of a tank. The read-out says 24.7mpg. We should just about make it.

291 MILES

Race against time to the air­port aided by aug­mented-re­al­ity sat-nav.

300 MILES

It did the job, the Mercedes way. Swiftly, safely, in style and in com­fort, hit­ting the sweet spot of the mar­ket.

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