If you want to know how important the double-cab pick-up class is, then look no further than the arrival of Mercedes in the sector with the X-Class. This is arguably the world’s first premium pick-up, with a price to match and plenty of swichgear inside inspired by the Mercedes car range.
But look past the three-pointed star in the grille, and what you see here is a badge-engineered variant of the Nissan Navara. The X-Class is largely identical to the Nissan under the skin, although it does get its own suspension settings, as well as that more upmarket interior.
Power comes from two engines, the X 220 d and X 250 d, which come with manual or auto gearboxes respectively. It’s expected that the X-Class will eventually get a 3.0-litre V6 diesel, although there’s no word yet on when that will arrive.
At the top of the range Power trim comes with all the bells and whistles you would expect from a top-spec Merc, while even the basic Pure model is reasonably well equipped. But with CV prices for the X-Class starting from just over £28k – which is more than the most expensive, non-limited edition Navara on which it’s based – you’d expect to get some decent kit to go with that prestige badge on the nose.
The best pick-up trucks to buy now
- 1.Mitsubishi L200
- 2.Fiat Fullback
- 3.Nissan Navara
- 4.Mercedes X-Class
- 5.Volkswagen Amarok
- 6.Toyota Hilux
- 7.Ford Ranger
- 8.Isuzu D-Max
- 9.SsangYong Musso