Mercedes-Benz X-Class Test Drive
Model: Mercedes-Benz X-Class X250d Power double cab
Price: £40,920 Ex Vat
Engine/Power: 2.3-litre 4-cyl TD 190bhp
Transmission: 7-speed auto, selectable AWD with low range
On Sale: 2017
The introduction of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class into the global one-tonne pick-up truck market at the tail end of last year completed its commercial vehicle range offering in the UK.
Built on the same ladder chassis as the Nissan Navara and sharing many of its parts including the 2.3dCi engine, the X-Class is only available as a double cab. However, Mercedes-Benz have made copious changes to set the X-Class apart from its sibling, both mechanically and cosmetically.
The £40,920 X-Class Power looks the part. The saucepan lid sized three-pointed star at the centre of the imposing grille, the narrow LED headlights, the big flared wheel arches and the 18” alloy wheels give the pick-up a commanding presence on the road.
The X-Class uses the same selectable 4WD system as the Navara meaning it runs in RWD until you turn the rotary dial to activate all-wheel drive mode. The dial also activates the high and low range ratios. Hill descent assist automatically controls vehicle speed when navigating a steep hill, whilst a locking rear differential is available as an option.
40mm longer than its sister product, the X-class boasts a load bed that is 1,587mm long and 1,569mm wide, whilst the 3,500kg braked trailer towing capabilities and 1-tonne payload are industry norms.
The cabin has a quality feel, taking a number of design elements from the Mecedes-Benz passenger car range. The dial-controlled 7” inch central display screen housing the satellite navigation, Bluetooth and infotainment system, the leather-trimmed steering wheel, leather seats (front ones electrically adjusted), keyless start, electric folding mirrors, climate control, rear-view camera and ‘jet engine’ air vents ooze premium quality. Cabin noise is minimised with superior soundproofing, even at motorway speeds.
As expected in a pick-up, Mercedes-Benz fits harder wearing plastics on lower parts of the dashboard and down the doors. The rear bench comfortably accommodates three adults, however, as with all pickups, the ride is a little lively when unladen.
Mated to a smooth seven-speed gearbox, the 2.3-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine officially delivers a 35.8mpg combined NEDC economy figure lagging a little behind some of the competition. Extra power is on the way in the form of the X350d model. Powered by the Mercedes-Benz V6 diesel, the X350d is due for launch mid-2018.
The X-Class is a worthy addition to the pick-up sector, refined, easy to drive and more than capable both on and off road. Not the cheapest admittedly, but you would not expect anything less from a Mercedes-Benz. With prices exceeding £40k, do not expect the X-Class to be number one when it comes to volumes, however, the X-Class is definitely up to the job.