Mercedes-Benz X-Class (2018–)

Last updated 3 June 2019

Unlike its rivals, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class doesn't get much choice when it comes to bodystyles. The X-Class is only offered as a double cab; this is down to the fact that Mercedes-Benz is openly pitching its pick-up to SUV buyers and professionals who want a working vehicle that will double up as classy, family transport at the weekends.

There are three trim levels - Pure, Progressive and Power - and the basic version is aimed at tradespeople, with unpainted plastic bumpers, 17-inch steel wheels, plastic flooring and hardwearing cloth seats. The Progressive trim takes things up a notch, with body coloured bumpers, alloy wheels, automatic headlights, climate control and heated door mirrors.

Mercedes-Benz expects most buyers to choose the X-Class in Power trim and this is the best-equipped of all, with 18-inch alloys, LED headlights, keyless start and leather seats. However, there’s no reach adjustment for the steering wheel on any of the X-Class variants, which can make it tricky to find a natural driving position. 

Like the Nissan, the big Mercedes can carry payloads weighing one-tonne. Towing capacity is also huge, with the X-Class capable of lugging 3.5 tonnes when hooked to a braked trailer. If the standard 90-degree tailgate opening is not enough, the X-Class can be ordered without the rear bumper to allow the tailgate to open to 180 degrees.

In terms of size, the loadbed is designed in such a way that a Euro-pallet can be loaded straight between the wheel arches. The loadbed is 1587mm long and 1560mm wide and the third brake light doubles up as a smart LED light that will illuminate the whole loadbed - always handy for loading/unloading at night. There is also a built-in step in the rear bumper makes it easy to lift items out of the back, without lowering the tailgate.

The interior is upmarket by pick-up standards, but buyers expecting an opulent Mercedes-Benz car experience might be a little disappointed with the abundance of hard and scratchy plastics found in the doors and lower parts of the dashboard. That said, the interior is well made and durable.

High spec models get a smart leather stitched finish to the upper part of the dashboard, along with a seven-inch infotainment screen that's operated via a touch pad. The cabin itself is large, although fitting five adults will be a squeeze owing to the narrow middle seat in the rear.

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