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Mercedes-Benz X-Class

A PICK-UP WITH XTRA CLASS (some text hidden)

By Jonathan Crouch

The X-Class, according to its maker, is 'the Mercedes amongst pick-ups'. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at what's on offer.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 52

The Mercedes X-Class pushes the boundaries of what's possible from a classic mid-sized pick-up. It bends ruggedness and practicality with the typical Mercedes-Benz characteristics of driving dynamics, comfort, design, safety and connectivity. If you can afford it and don't want your pick-up to lead too arduous a life, it's a tempting combination.

Backgroundword count: 119

In some ways, it's surprising that it's taken recedes this long to enter the pick-up segment. The company has, after all, been a competitive player n the van market for decades and it's long been established that LCV brands need to have a pick-up in their portfolios. Perhaps Stuttgart was waiting until it had just the right design to base its contender on. That arrived with the launch of the Nissan NP300 Navara in 2015, a pick-up featuring coil sprung suspension that revolutionised what was possible in terms of on-tarmac handling from a vehicle of this kind. The X-Class takes that engineering, then adds a bit of extra Mercedes class to it. The result is a very complete contender.

Driving Experienceword count: 228

The X-Class borrows its mainstream engines from the Nissan Navara NP300 pick-up model it's based upon. There's a choice of two 2.3-litre diesel units; the X220d gets a single turbo 163bhp powerplant and uses manual transmission, while the pokier biturbo X250d features 190bhp and comes only as an auto. Both models come only with engageable 4MATIC all-wheel drive. Power is transferred via a six-speed manual transmission. If you want more, then you can talk to your Mercedes dealer about the high-torque V6 diesel engine used in the X350d 4MATIC AWD variant, which offers 258bhp and a maximum torque of 550Nm. Whatever your choice of engine, Mercedes reckons that this X-Class sets a fresh standard for tarmac driving dynamics in a pick-up, without compromising off-road performance. It's helped in this by the adoption of the Nissan Navara's coil-sprung suspension system - most rivals still have a cruder leaf sprung set-up. A wider track helps cornering stability and Mercedes is the only manufacturer in the segment to opt for large, internally vented brake discs on both axles as standard. Optional is the Mercedes 'Dynamic Select' driving modes system, this kind of set-up a rare thing to find in the pick-up segment. There are five drive programs to choose from: Comfort, ECO, Sport, Manual and Offroad. These modify the engine characteristics, the automatic transmission's switching points and the ECO start/stop function.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

Combined mpg:

45

CO2 (g/km):

170

Height (mm):

1819

Length (mm):

5340

Max Speed (mph):

114

Price:

28000

40000

Width (mm):

1920

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Pick-Ups

Performance
70%
Handling
70%
Comfort
70%
Space
60%
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