Mercedes-benz X-class X250d 4Matic Progressive
List price inc VAT £36,612 List price ex VAT £30,510
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