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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Palisade are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The GLB doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
To help make backing safer, the Palisade SEL/Limited’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 Palisade and the GLB have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front 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, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.
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, with its optional vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Palisade 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.
The Palisade comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The GLB’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.
Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Palisade 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the GLB. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the GLB ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
The Palisade’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the GLB’s (7 vs. 5 years).
Hyundai pays for scheduled maintenance on the Palisade for 3 years and 30,000 miles. Hyundai will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GLB.
There are over 2 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Palisade’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 12th, below the industry average.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 15 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.
The Palisade’s 3.8 DOHC V6 produces 70 more horsepower (291 vs. 221) and 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 258) than the GLB’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Palisade uses regular unleaded gasoline. The GLB requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Palisade has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLB (18.8 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
For better stopping power the Palisade’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the GLB:
For better traction, the Palisade has larger tires than the GLB (245/60R18 vs. 235/55R18).
The Palisade has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The GLB’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.
The Palisade offers an optional automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The GLB doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Palisade’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the GLB (114.2 inches vs. 111.4 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Palisade is 4 inches wider in the front and 4.4 inches wider in the rear than on the GLB.
The Palisade has standard seating for 8 passengers; the GLB can only carry up to 7.
The Palisade has 3 inches more front legroom, 5.3 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 4.3 inches more rear legroom, 5.9 inches more rear shoulder room, 3 inches more third row headroom, 2.3 inches more third row legroom and 11.4 inches more third row shoulder room than the GLB.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Palisade’s middle and third row seats recline. The GLB’s third row seats don’t recline.
The Palisade’s cargo area provides more volume than the GLB.
Behind Third Seat
18 cubic feet
5.1 cubic feet
Third Seat Folded
45.8 cubic feet
24 cubic feet
Second Seat Folded
86.4 cubic feet
62 cubic feet
Both the Palisade and the GLB offer second row automatic folding seats. The Palisade’s (except )optional third row seats also fold up or down at the press of a button. The GLB doesn’t offer automatic folding third row seats.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Palisade 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.
Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the Palisade to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The GLB doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.
Both the Palisade and the GLB offer available heated front seats. The Palisade also offers optional heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the GLB.
Standard air conditioned seats in the front and second seat rows keep the Palisade Limited’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The GLB doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.
The Palisade (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.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Hyundai Palisade, based on reliability, safety and performance.
The Hyundai Palisade outsold the Mercedes GLB by over 24 to one during 2019.
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