Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Cruise control
  • Instrument cluster with colour display
  • Lane keep assist
  • Mercedes connect me
  • Seatbelt warning indicator
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Tyre pressure monitor

Entertainment

  • 8 speakers
  • Audio 20 radio/CD with bluetooth
  • Digital radio (DAB)

Exterior Features

  • Aluminium Door Sill Covers
  • Auto dimming interior mirror with integrated compass
  • Automatic windscreen wipers
  • Body colour bumpers with Matt black under guard
  • Chrome door handles
  • Electrically adjustable door mirrors
  • Fog lamps
  • Heat insulated windscreen with filter band
  • Heated door mirrors

Interior Features

  • 12V socket
  • Auxiliary electric heater
  • Cargo area tie down loops
  • Carpet covered floor
  • Centre console with storage and armrest
  • Chrome air vents
  • Cup holder
  • Front footwell lights
  • Isofix child seat attachment on outer rear seat
  • Leather gearknob
  • Leather handbrake lever
  • Leather steering wheel with chrome inserts
  • Lighting to all exit/entrances
  • Load compartment LED lights
  • Load securing rail system
  • Multi function steering wheel
  • Sun visors with illuminated vanity mirror

Safety

  • Driver and passenger airbag
  • Driver and passenger thorax airbag
  • Driver knee airbag
  • First aid kit and warning triangle
  • Passenger airbag with deactivation switch
  • Window airbag

Technical

  • Comfort suspension
  • Diesel particulate filter
  • Electronic stability programme
  • Emergency brake assist
  • Hill start assist
  • Trailer stability assist

Wheels

  • Full size spare wheel

Emissions

CO

CO2 (g/km)

200

HC+NOx

Noise Level dB(A)

NOx

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

General

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

Safety Concerns?

1

Badge Engine CC

2.3

Badge Power

163

Based On ID

Battery Volts

12

Chassis Engine Number

Coin Description

Coin Gross Vehicle Weight Code

Coin Power Output Code

Coin Series

Coin Wheelbase Description Code

Coin Wheelbase Name Code

Front Suspension

DOUBLE WISHBONE

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

0

Insurance Group 1

Insurance Group 2

NCAP Safety Assist %

90

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

87

Badge Power

5

Badge Engine CC

80

Vehicle Homologation Class

77

Running Cost League Headings

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

0

Vehicle Homologation Class

N1

Vin/Frame No.

Engine and Drive Train

Automatic Transmission

1

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

2298

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Engine Layout

NORTH SOUTH

Engine Make

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Fuel Delivery

DIESEL

Gears

6 SPEED

Manual Transmission

1

Number of Valves

16

Camshaft

DOHC

Fuel Consumption

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Combined (mpg)

37.2

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

38.7

EC Urban (mpg)

34.9

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

12.9

Engine Power - BHP

163

Engine Power - KW

120

Engine Power - RPM

3750

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

297

Engine Torque - MKG

41.1

Engine Torque - NM

403

Engine Torque - RPM

1500

Top Speed

105

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Automatic Clutch

1

Plated 3rd Axle

Plated 4th Axle

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Make

Tyre Size Front

255/65 R17

Tyre Size Rear

255/65 R17

Tyre Size Spare

FULL SIZE

Wheel Style

6 TWIN SPOKE

Wheel Type

17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1819

Height (including roof rails)

Length

5340

Load Height

Load Length

1587

Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches

1215

Side Load Door Height

Side Load Door Width

Turning Circle - Wall to Wall

13.4

Wheelbase

3150

Width

1920

Width (including mirrors)

2113

Weight and Capacities

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

Gross Vehicle Weight

3300

Load Space Volume

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Removed

Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Up

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Down

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Removed

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Up

Max. Roof Load

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

3500

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

750

Minimum Kerbweight

2138

No. of Seats

5

Max. Loading Weight

1162

On The Road

Driver Convenience

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Technical

Trim

Wheels

Summary

The X-Class is the pick-up buyer's Rolls Royce, easily the most desirable contender in this growing segment. Mercedes has chosen its donor model wisely, the Nissan NP300 Navara providing this contender with car-like driving dynamics that'll impress those used to the crude responses of rivals like Mitsubishi's L200, Ford's Ranger or Isuzu's D-Max. The X-Class has the smartest cabin in the sector too - and the most scope for personalisation. But would you really want to subject one to really heavy labour? If that's not on the cards but you still want a pick-up, then this one's likely to be high on your list.

Background

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 Experience

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.

Design and Build

Mercedes hopes that the X-Class manages the fine balance between being both tough and stylish. A Doublecab bodystyle is the only one being offered, the design featuring a long 3150mm wheelbase, a short cladded front overhang, a backward-shifted passenger compartment and a very long rear overhang. The design of the side windows with their dynamic kink along the beltline is distinctive, while widely flared wheel arches that house 17, 18 or 19-inch rims aim to give this pickup a powerful on-road presence. Predictably, the front borrows from the looks of the brand's SUVs, with a centrally positioned star, a twin-louvre radiator grille, a high and powerfully honed bonnet and headlamps extending far into the wings. Inside, there's a classier cabin than anything pick-up buyers have ever seen before. The instrument panel has the concave trim element typical of a Mercedes and round ventilation outlets add a sporty touch. Dominating the centre of the dash is a freestanding colour infotainment touchscreen which has a screen diagonal of 8.4 inches - the biggest in the segment. Plenty of attention was paid to comfort when developing the seats, too. Premium materials and a seat structure featuring optimum lateral support, a high seat position and the use of ergonomically formed soft foam should make sitting comfortable for both the driver and front passenger, even on longer journeys.

Market and Model

Pricves start at around £27,500 ex VAT. Three model variants are being offered to suit different lifestyles and work environments. The X-Class 'Pure' basic variant is intended for rugged, functional use. The X-Class 'Progressive' is aimed at people seeking a rugged pickup with extra styling and comfort. Finally, the X-Class 'Power' is the high-end design and equipment line. Optional equipment includes a specific 'Style Package' for the 'Progressive' and 'Power' models, this enabling plenty of individualisation. Side running boards and an electrically opening rear window are optional and there's an extensive range of other accessories. These include styling bars, side bars, soft tonneau covers, hard tonneau covers and roll covers, as well as a canopy which makes this pick-up look more like an SUV. Other items available include a bed liner, a bed divider system, load-securing rails in the floor and a technical underguard. Available safety kit includes 'Active Brake Assist', 'Lane Keeping Assist' and 'Traffic Sign Assist'. Additionally, there's 'Trailer Stability Assist', tyre pressure monitoring, an emergency call system, cruise control and LED headlamps that deliver the brightest light output in the segment.