Mercedes-benz X-class X250d 4Matic Pro­gres­sive

List price inc VAT £36,612 List price ex VAT £30,510

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IT’S TAKEN SOME time to get used to the sight of a Mercedes-benz badge nes­tled among this line-up of rough and ready pick-up trucks. It’s the first of its kind from the brand, but it did have a bit of a head start, be­cause it’s based on the Nis­san Navara.

In­side, how­ever, the X-class looks and feels very dif­fer­ent from the Navara. Its in­te­rior is the smartest-look­ing of the eight, with lots of chrome ac­cents and plenty of stitched leather. The driv­ing po­si­tion is good, too, although it’s a shame that the steer­ing wheel doesn’t ad­just for reach.

The X-class is one of the long­est pick-ups here, re­sult­ing in im­pres­sive rear leg room, and its in­te­rior is among the widest. Head room isn’t great in the back com­pared with some of the oth­ers, but the X-class doesn’t feel cramped, so you’ll be com­fort­able as a pas­sen­ger on a long jour­ney.

The long body means the X-class has a long load bed as well, although it’s the shal­low­est. This isn’t nec­es­sar­ily a bad thing, though, be­cause it makes it eas­ier to reach in over the top to ac­cess what­ever is in the bed.

On the road, the X-class isn’t quite such a cut above the rest. It’s the heav­i­est ve­hi­cle here, and while the 185bhp 2.3-litre diesel en­gine looks rel­a­tively pow­er­ful on pa­per next to most of the oth­ers, it doesn’t re­ally feel that way when you’re be­hind the wheel. Ac­cel­er­a­tion is se­date rather than ur­gent, although there’s enough low-rev mus­cle to haul around heavy loads, and the en­gine is the most re­fined here. The au­to­matic gear­box is slicker than all the rest, too.

The ride is rel­a­tively sup­ple around town, but the X-class is caught out by big­ger road im­per­fec­tions such as ex­pan­sion joints and sleep­ing po­lice­men. And although the steer­ing has a nice weight to it once you’ve turned in to a cor­ner, it’s ac­tu­ally very vague just off cen­tre, mak­ing it tricky to place the X-class ac­cu­rately at higher speeds.

Per­for­mance is rel­a­tively se­date, but the X-class has a quiet en­gine and gen­er­ates lit­tle road noise, mak­ing it re­lax­ing to drive

1 In­te­rior looks plush, but some ma­te­ri­als, such as these air vents, feel a bit cheap 2 Co­mand in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem im­presses, with a crisp dis­play and help­ful ro­tary dial con­troller 3 There are no is­sues with space up front, although there aren’t enough stor­age cub­bies

Steer­ing wheel doesn’t ad­just for reach, but even tall driv­ers aren’t short on space; in­te­rior is wide and rear leg room is plen­ti­ful

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