2020 Lincoln Nautilus vs. 2020 Mercedes GLB

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Safety

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The Nautilus has standard Post Impact 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 Nautilus’ 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 Nautilus and the GLB have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, available all-wheel drive and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Nautilus the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 204 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The GLB has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the Nautilus 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the GLB. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the GLB ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 2 times as many Lincoln dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Nautilus’ warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Nautilus third among midsize premium suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The GLB isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 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 Lincoln vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lincoln 6 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Engine

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The Nautilus’ standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 29 more horsepower (250 vs. 221) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 258) than the GLB’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Nautilus’ optional 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 Lincoln Nautilus uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The GLB requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Nautilus has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLB (18 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Nautilus 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 Nautilus’ brake rotors are larger than those on the GLB:

Nautilus

GLB

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

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

The Nautilus’ 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 Nautilus offers optional 21-inch wheels. The GLB’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

The Nautilus has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the GLB; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some tire options on the GLB don’t have a run-flat feature, either.

Suspension and Handling

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The Nautilus 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 Nautilus is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the GLB.

Chassis

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The Nautilus 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 Nautilus has 1.7 inches more front legroom, 3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.5 inches more rear legroom and 4.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLB.

Cargo Capacity

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The Nautilus has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the GLB with its rear seat up (37.2 vs. 5.1 cubic feet). The Nautilus has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the GLB with its rear seat folded (68.8 vs. 62 cubic feet).

The Nautilus’ cargo area is larger than the GLB’s in almost every dimension:

Nautilus

GLB

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.5”/75”

32.5”/71”

Max Width

45”

41.6”

Min Width

45”

41.6”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Nautilus’ rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The GLB doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

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The Nautilus 2.7 Turbo 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 Nautilus 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 Nautilus’ 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 shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Nautilus has standard extendable sun visors. The GLB doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Nautilus has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the GLB. The Nautilus Reserve/Black Label also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the GLB.

Recommendations

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The Lincoln MKX/Nautilus outsold the Mercedes GLB by over 27 to one during 2019.

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