The interior layout, fit and finish
Mercedes has tried to make the X-Class's driving position much like that in its SUVs and, in most ways, it has been successful. The driver's seat gets manual adjustment as standard, but our test cars so far have been fitted with wide-ranging electronic adjustment that's optional on mid-range Progressive cars and standard on range-topping Power models. Lumbar adjustment is also optional on Progressive and standard on Power. All models come with plenty of manual steering wheel adjustment.
Naturally, you sit high up, but that's only good if you can see out clearly. Happily, the forward and side view is very good, but the view over the shoulder and directly backwards is more obscured by the window pillars and small rear screen. However, a rear-view camera is standard on every X-Class, while front and rear parking sensors, as well as a 360deg camera, can be added.
Less convincing is the interior quality. Of course, a pick-up's job isn't to provide a luxurious interior, but considering the X-Class's relatively expensive price tag and the badge on its bonnet, we were hoping for better. Many of the switches are carried over from the Navara and there are plenty of brittle, scratchy plastics on show. The steering wheel and gearlever are at least leather on Progressive and Power models – this makes a big difference.
Among its pick-up rivals, the X-Class certainly has one of the better infotainment systems. Every model gets a 7.0in colour screen with a rotary controller and shortcut buttons with which to navigate the menus. A DAB radio and Bluetooth are standard. The upgraded 8.4in screen, which includes sat-nav, is easy to use and very responsive to inputs.