2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class X250 d first drive: Posh pickup

Pickup trucks are a real asset to anyone needing a commercial vehicle. They can lug heavy loads, ferry equipment from point A to point B, all whilst the surrounding snowfall does little to stop you and delivering a better cabin and kerbside appeal than a 'proper' van. However, they’ve never been the most civilised of things to take home at the end of the working day. Mercedes-Benz aims to change that with its first ever pickup, the X-Class.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class X250 d
Mercedes-Benz X-Class X250 d

First Impressions

It might be based on the Nissan Navara, but to the casual observer, it’s exactly when they’d expect a rugged ‘Benz to look like. A blunt nose wears a bold grille proudly displaying the three-pointed-star. It has a purposeful stance with flared wheel arches and muscular creases — a departure from the traditional slab-sided efforts in this class. Sure, those in the know will see the central cab section is identical to its Nissan cousin, but judging by the number of people who stopped to ask us about the X-Class, Mercedes have done more than enough to make its interpretation stand out.

The interior has been Mercedes-ified, too. It’s much more car than a van in here, with chrome detailing, a sculpted dashboard and a chunky steering wheel. It even receives an infotainment system straight out of a Mercedes C-Class. Our mid-spec Progressive model had been treated to some optional heated leather seats, further adding SUV-like creature comforts to this working vehicle. Below knee-height there’s some harsh plastics that betray ...