Mercedes X-Class review

Category: Pick-up

Section: Costs & verdict

Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 infotainment
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 front tracking
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 rear tracking
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 RHD dashboard
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 rear seats
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 infotainment
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 right forward tracking
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 rear right hand tracking
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 front static
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 wide rear slow tracking
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 dashboard
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 RHD dashboard wide
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 RHD front seats
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 RHD control details
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 load bed open
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 badge detail
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 front tracking
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 rear tracking
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 RHD dashboard
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 rear seats
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 infotainment
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 right forward tracking
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 rear right hand tracking
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 front static
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 wide rear slow tracking
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 dashboard
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 RHD dashboard wide
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 RHD front seats
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 RHD control details
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 load bed open
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2019 badge detail

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Pick-up list prices only tell you so much, because the majority of them are either leased by businesses or bought outright for cash, with VAT deducted. Focusing on the latter, the X-Class is more expensive than most rivals, including the Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger and Volkswagen Amarok. The last of those rivals is particularly noteworthy, given that it only comes with a six-cylinder diesel engine.

Most people driving pick-ups run them as company vehicles, and tax is set at a flat rate, so the X-Class will be the same price as any other light commercial vehicle (which includes all of its rivals) in monthly payments. As such, fuel economy will be a bigger concern. Thankfully, according to official fuel economy figures, there's very little between the X-Class and all of the aforementioned rivals.

Overview

The X-Class has a comfy ride by pick-up standards, a decent infotainment system and competitive towing and carrying figures. However, the Volkswagen Amarok is better to drive and usefully cheaper, too.

  • Comfy ride by pick-up standards
  • Decent infotainment
  • Competitive towing and carrying figures
  • Rough and ready interior quality despite premium badge
  • Expensive next to some rivals
  • Sluggish automatic gearbox