2020 Ford Edge vs. 2020 Mercedes GLB

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Safety

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The Edge has standard Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The GLB doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To help make backing safer, the Edge’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The GLB doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Edge and the GLB have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all-wheel drive and front parking sensors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Edge the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The GLB has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Edge 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the GLB. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the GLB ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 8 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Edge has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The GLB doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 5 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Engine

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The Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 24 more horsepower (245 vs. 221) and 17 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 258) than the GLB’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Edge ST’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 114 more horsepower (335 vs. 221) and 122 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 258) than the GLB’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Edge uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The GLB requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLB (18.4 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLB (18.5 vs. 15.9 gallons).

The Edge has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The GLB doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Edge ST’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the GLB:

Edge ST

GLB

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12.6 inches

The Edge ST’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the GLB are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the GLB (245/60R18 vs. 235/55R18). The Edge ST’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GLB (265/40R21 vs. 235/55R18).

The Edge ST’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GLB’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge ST offers optional 21-inch wheels. The GLB’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The Edge has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The GLB’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the GLB.

For greater off-road capability the Edge has a greater minimum ground clearance than the GLB (8 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Edge to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Edge ST’s minimum ground clearance is .3 inch higher than on the GLB (8.2 vs. 7.9 inches).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Edge uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The GLB doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Edge ST uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The GLB doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Edge has 1.5 inches more front legroom, 4.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 2.5 inches more rear legroom and 5.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLB.

Cargo Capacity

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The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the GLB with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 5.1 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the GLB with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 62 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Edge ST can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Edge can be unhitched and driven around locally. The GLB can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST’s exterior PIN entry system. The GLB doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Edge has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the GLB only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Both the Edge and the GLB offer available heated front seats. The Edge Titanium/ST also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the GLB.

The Edge (except SE) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The GLB doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Ford Edge, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Ford Edge outsold the Mercedes GLB by over 118 to one during 2019.

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