Mercedes-Benz X-Class

Mercedes-Benz first venture into the pick-up segment is a successful one, with a sweet ride, punchy engine and sublime auto ‘box the X-Class is a worthy crown competitor.

Mercedes-Benz have long been absent from the pick-up sector, but a growing market segment calls for the first truly ‘premium pick-up’.

It will only be available from Mercedes-Benz van dealerships, sitting alongside the Citan, Vito and Sprinter.

Driving nearly 400 miles through Wales in 24 hours, we put the X-Class through its paces.

At launch, there are two engine choices, both are the same 2.3 litre diesel, one with a single turbo, the other with a twin turbo. They make 163 hp, 403Nm of torque and 190 hp, 450 Nm respectively.

A Mercedes 3.0 litre V6 lump is coming in 2018, that will push out a whopping 258 bhp, which will be more power than anything currently on the pick-up market.

We tested the X250, which is the 190 hp option. A 0-60 time of 11.8 seconds makes it feel nippy, and with an official MPG figure of 35.8 it’s touted to be pretty frugal for a two-ton truck with an auto gearbox.

However, over the 400 odd miles we managed just 27.6 MPG, but that was mostly pressing on at a decent pace. Emissions are measured in at 207g/km, but the X-Class qualifies as a light commercial vehicle meaning road tax costs £240 for 12 months.

Saying the X-Class is just a fancy Navara is just wrong. The body up is entirely Mercedes and 50mm wider than that of a Navara.

It’s no Nissan clone either, inside is upmarket with a leather topped dash in our ‘POWER’ model. Switchgear is sturdy and whilst the lower section of the centre console is harder wearing, it still feels more premium than the rest of the market.

The central armrest is rather cavernous providing USB ports and a 12v power outlet, whilst the 7-inch infotainment system is easy to use, albeit it’s not a touchscreen.

It would have been nice to have some modern, car like creature comforts, wireless charging wouldn’t’ve gone amiss. There’s also nowhere to put anything, no spaces big enough for your phone or an MP3 player. They either have to sit on the passenger seat, or move around inside the armrest.

We didn’t find the seats particularly comfy on our long jaunts either. There is lumbar support, but it couldn’t be adjusted enough to negate and aching lower back.

You’ll also find just the one stalk behind the wheel, it’s a bit odd to get used to at first, as it takes care of both the indicators and windscreen wipers.

Behind you sits a tiny little opening window, allowing you to load the cab with extra-long items with ease.

Mercedes say the best seller will be the ‘POWER’ model, which costs £34,100 excl VAT. Stick the VAT on and the price is a hefty £40,920, thankfully business users can claim that back. Benefit in Kind is also lower than a company car, making the X-Class an appealing proposition for businesses.

 The entry level X220 model can only be had in ‘PURE’ and ‘PROGRESSIVE’ trim levels. These range from £27,310 to £28,510 excl VAT.

 

There’s no word on pricing for the beefy V6 model yet, but the 190 hp twin turbo engine provides plenty of shove for the money.

Mercedes provide a 3-year warranty with all commercial vehicles, and 3 years roadside assistance with breakdown cover via their MobiloVan service.

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