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What ex­actly am I gaw­ping at here?

The irst proper pickup from Mercedes.

Dig­ging deep into its part­ner­ship with Nis­san,

Merc has nicked the

Navara’s un­der­crack­ers and di­alled the chintz up a few notches. Two four-cylin­der diesels are avail­able, with a V6 com­ing later in 2018.

Looks per­fect for my #blessed #life­style…

Of the four this is the one that at­tracts most in­ter­est from by­standers. ‘Power’ spec is as bling as you can go, with chrome on the bumpers, 18-inch wheels, LEDs all-round and not a sin­gle bit of black plas­tic in sight.

Any­thing tough un­der the skin?

Navara chas­sis and en­gine lay­out in­cludes switch­able four­wheel drive (which Merc cheek­ily sticks a 4Matic badge on) with low range as stan­dard. X250d is seven-speed auto only. Rear di“er­en­tial lock on op­tions list for £495, as is 20mm of in­creased ground clear­ance for £220.

Is it like sit­ting in a wheelie bin?

There’s a lot of hard plas­tic. Most of the but­tons are ro­bust enough for you to op­er­ate them with gloves on. Dark La­bel ver­sion has fa­mil­iar VW in­fo­tain­ment with nav and re­vers­ing cam­era plus heated front seats.

A de­cent steer or some­thing to fear?

The most car-like pick-up here to drive. Steer­ing and ride qual­ity are al­most as easy and so­phis­ti­cated as a Polo’s. The V6 is grav­elly and torquey, and feels even quicker than the stats say, de­spite a slightly in­de­ci­sive gear­box.

Does it ac­tu­ally stack up as a work­horse?

There’s a wide-reach­ing and busi­ness-ori­en­tated op­tions list, de­cent-ish legroom in the back for three of your crew to clam­ber into, and it has the widest load bay here by 60mm. Can carry up to 1068kg with­out fall­ing apart, but braked tow­ing limit is 3100kg – 400kg less than the Ford and Merc.

VER­DICT Best all-rounder here: quick, ca­pa­ble, tough, so­phis­ti­cated and a blast to drive.

Navara dull mo­ment… no, sorry, it’s a Mercedes

Not cut­ting edge but very neat and easy to op­er­ate

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