The Car Pro Test Drives the Mercedes AMG GLB35
Thursday on KFYO Mornings with Dave King and Matt Martin, The Car Pro Jerry Reynolds joined Dave and Matt to talk about his test drive of the week, GM's changes due to the chip shortage, an update on the used car market, as well as other auto industry news.
This week The Car Pro was test driving the new Mercedes AMG GLB35, Mercedes 2nd smallest car after the GLA. There were several things that Reynolds was not impressed with on this car, including its performance, which was surprising to him as their AMG models are normally performance based. This SUV has a 4 cylinder 2 liter engine with a turbo charger that puts out 302 horses, and it handles pretty well too. However, that was the end of the praise that Reynolds had for this car. Jerry explained that his main issue with the AMG GLB35 was the price, at $55,000, and how it seems to be lacking compared to other vehicles in that price range. The car has no panoramic moon roof, or a moon roof at all, no ventilated seats, has a funny look as if the end has been chopped off, has a harsh ride, and has turbo lag when you try to take off, which Jerry said there is no reason for in this day in age.
It's not a vehicle that I would recommend, I've got to be honest with you. I think it's overpriced, I think it's underpowered, and just overall, it just doesn't feel like a Mercedes.
Reynolds also talked about some other auto industry news, such as a story on his website carprousa.com. The story is about how, due to the ongoing chip shortage, GM has been excluding the start/stop feature on their recent cars. Jerry says he knows that many people seem to hate this feature, so if there is any good news to come out of the chip shortage, it may be this. Reynolds was also asked what he expects to happen to the dealers who have been paying over retail price for used cars right now, to which he answered that they are going to get "hung". Reynolds went on to say that price drops have already started this week, especially for things like diesel trucks, so those dealers paying a lot for used cars are going to be in a bit of trouble.
Read more stories at carprousa.com and listen to the full interview in the audio above.