Pick-up trucks are going through something of a transition. While they were once the preserve of building sites and farmyards during the working week, many are now also being used as large SUVs at the weekends by families.
It's no secret that because pick-ups are classed as light commercial vehicles (LCVs), they don't attract the same rate of tax as a normal car if driven as a company vehicle. And because more and more are now available with better interiors and premium badges on the bonnet, the amount of private buyers is steadily rising.
The Mercedes-Benz X-Class is aiming to target all these buyers: the odd private individual who needs a rugged vehicle, but mainly company car drivers who want something that will cope with harsh use at work but can shrug off family life the rest of the time.
And Mercedes isn't the only premium car maker in on the game. Volkswagen has its Amarok, and there are a whole host of other pick-ups ready to steal sales, including the Ford Ranger, the Toyota Hilux and the Nissan Navara upon which the X-Class is based.
Read on for our full review and to find out whether the X-Class makes more sense than traditional large SUVs and the rest of its pick-up rivals.