2023 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 vs. 2024 Subaru Ascent Review

Picture of the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250

2023 Mercedes-Benz
GLB 250

MSRP*: $39,800 to $41,800
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2024 Subaru
Ascent

MSRP*: $34,395 to $48,695
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MPG - City 22 - 24 MPG 19 - 20 MPG
MPG - Hwy 30 - 32 MPG 25 - 26 MPG
Seating Capacity 7 seats 7 - 8 seats
Cargo Space 62.0 ft3 72.8 - 75.6 ft3
Engine
  • 221-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 260-hp, 2.4-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission Automatic Continuously Variable
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Horsepower 221 hp 260 hp
Towing Capacity Info not available 2,000 - 5,000 lbs
Exterior Length 182.4 in 196.8 in
Exterior Width 72.2 in 76.0 in
Leg Room Front 41.4 in
Rear 38.1 in
Front 42.2 in
Rear 38.6 in
Head Room Front 40.7 in
Rear 39.3 in
Front 40.4 - 41.2 in
Rear 38.7 - 40.0 in

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 offers rear passengers about the same room to stretch out as the Subaru Ascent, with comparable head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 and the Subaru Ascent.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 as you will with the Subaru Ascent, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Subaru Ascent.

Dimensions
Since the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 is much slimmer than the Subaru Ascent, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Subaru Ascent.

Handling
The Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 has the same turning radius as the Subaru Ascent, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 has a little less horsepower than the Subaru Ascent.

Powertrain
With its lower torque engine, the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Subaru Ascent.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 and the Subaru Ascent. The Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 has less cargo space than the Subaru Ascent, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.