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COMPARISON

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,

Performance is relatively sedate, but the X-Class has a quiet engine and generates little road noise, making it relaxing to drive

920mm

965mm

1470mm

1495mm

695mm

1065mm

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

1

1 Interior looks plush,

but some materials,

such as these air vents,

feel a bit cheap

2

3

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

STATS, SPECS AND RATINGS

0-62mph

11.8sec

Top

speed

109mph

Engine 4cyl,2298cc,diesel

Peak power 185bhp @ 3750rpm

Peak torque 332Ib ft @ 1500-2500rpm

Gearbox 7-spd automatic

Kerb weight 2234kg

Turning circle 12.4m

Economy 35.8mpg

(NEDC average)

Tank 73 litres

CO 2 emissions 207g/km

SAFETY

Euro NCAP crash rating

yyyyy

All protection

90% 87% 80% 77%

AEB Yes

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.

60 | December 2018 whatcar.com

whatcar.com

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