2020 Mercedes GLB vs. 2020 Infiniti QX60

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes GLB have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The Infiniti QX60 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the GLB’s standard Downhill Speed Regulation allows you to creep down safely. The QX60 doesn’t offer Downhill Speed Regulation.

The GLB’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The QX60 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the GLB and the QX60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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There are over 87 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the GLB’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the GLB has a standard 800-amp battery. The QX60’s 550-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 12th in initial quality. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 19th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the GLB gets better fuel mileage than the QX60:

MPG

GLB

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

QX60

FWD

3.5 DOHC V6

20 city/27 hwy

AWD

3.5 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the GLB’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The QX60 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the GLB’s brake rotors are larger than those on the QX60:

GLB

QX60

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

12.13 inches

The GLB stops much shorter than the QX60:

GLB

QX60

70 to 0 MPH

157 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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The GLB’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the QX60’s standard 65 series tires. The GLB’s optional tires have a lower 50 series profile than the QX60 Luxe’s optional 55 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the GLB can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The QX60 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The GLB offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The QX60’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The GLB’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The QX60 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The GLB 250 4MATIC handles at .89 G’s, while the QX60 AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the GLB has a 1.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the QX60 (7.9 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the GLB to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Mercedes GLB may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 750 pounds less than the Infiniti QX60.

The GLB is 1 foot, 6.2 inches shorter than the QX60, making the GLB easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The front step up height for the GLB is 1.2 inches lower than the QX60 (17” vs. 18.2”). The GLB’s rear step up height is 1.2 inches lower than the QX60’s (17.5” vs. 18.7”).

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the GLB easier. The GLB’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.5 inches, while the QX60’s liftover is 30.6 inches.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the QX60 Luxe, the GLB has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The GLB offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The QX60 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The GLB’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The QX60’s parking brake has to released manually.

The power windows standard on both the GLB and the QX60 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the GLB is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The QX60 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The GLB’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The QX60’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the GLB offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The QX60 doesn’t offer cornering lights. The GLB also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The GLB offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the QX60.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mercedes GLB offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The QX60 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The GLB’s optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park by itself, stopping and changing direction automatically. The QX60 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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