Having only ever driven a pick-up on a handful of occasions and certainly not anything this new, I was keen to see how it faired against the Mitsubishi L200 I had driven. First things first, the X-Class is certainly big. The Mercedes is marginally longer than both the Navara and the Toyota Hilux, and shorter only to the likes of the gargantuan Ford Ranger. The main competition to the 350d would be the VW Amarok, which is wider still.
It’s a firmer ride than you’d get in a comparable Mercedes SUV. But where a GLE is the epitome of luxury and comfort, the X-Class is in theory a work horse - so couldn't just be a GLE with a load bed. It looks, and feels like you're driving a truck. As you can imagine, as the 220d only pushes out 163bhp, it doesn’t feel massively punchy, so realistically the 250d or the 350d would be the engines you'd want to go for - both for power and for the automatic gearbox. It’s all-wheel-drive, obviously, and engagable with low range, but the comfort suspension means that it does go along well on standard roads at speed. Official figures on the Mercedes website state that fuel consumption in mpg – combined is 37.