Reuniting with a car produced by Mercedes-Benz is always a pleasure. Even though the latest cars driven by the German manufacturer were from utility-oriented segments such as Sprinter or Class V, we can say that the X-Class pickup test is a natural sequel. With the X-Class, the Mercedes put an interesting question for the European market: can a pickup be considered luxurious?
The Mercedes-Benz X-Class is positioned on the market as the first premium pickup. Launched in the second half of 2017, it has recently received the most powerful engine: a 3.0 liter V6 diesel engine that produces 258 horsepower and 550 Nm.
The X 350 d 4Matric comes with an automatic box and a 4Matic all-wheel drive system. Until the V6 diesel, the X-Class’s resources were provided by two diesel units – X 220 d (163 hp) and X 250 d (190 bhp), as well as the X 200 (165 hp) petrol.
The new V6 X 350d is the top-of-the-line range to deliver the great Mercedes and the right dynamic performance, even if its dimensions are: 2.2 tons, 5.3 meters long and just over 1.8 meters tall.
Desirable exterior design, typical Mercedes-Benz
The level of equipment made the Mercedes-Benz X-Class extremely spectacular on the outside. Robust silhouette with thick bars and numerous nickel-plated elements that do not invite you to muddy them, but do not be fooled by appearances. The machine was created to impress, both visually and technically – macadam, mud and snow are its favorite playgrounds.
The front is dominated by the massive three-cornered star grille in the middle, which contrasts with the headlights as if slightly too small. From the side you can see the niche doors and generous thresholds that keep you from dirt when you get out of the car. In the rear are the Mercedes-Benz inset and chrome bars.
Premium interior to the smallest details. Exception: Transmission lever
In the cabin, the X-Class feels almost like inside any Mercedes SUV. This is what the quality materials, the shape of the X-shaped blades, the multifunction steering wheel and the infotainment system display. The instrument panel has a 5.4-inch display in the center, while the other screen of the infotaintment system measures 8.4 inches.
The infotainment system can be controlled via the buttons or a joystick on the center console. Beside these, there is a button for selecting driving modes (Comfort, Manual, Sport, Individual, Eco). What seemed to me unusual is that there is also the option to manually shift gears with the help of the paddles behind the steering wheel. Usually, selecting how to change gears is by dragging the lever to one side. For the X-Class, the manual mode is selected via the mode selection button.
When it comes to storage, the situation is almost good. There is plenty of room in the door or armrest, but I did not like the two-level glass holder, only one of which is deep enough to hold a glass without turning her back on the queues.
You also have no place to put your phone in the center console. The only place where it could sit is the armrest, which also houses two USB slots. You can hardly access them when the car is stationary, and if it is moving it is virtually impossible to hit the charging socket. But this can be a positive thing because it discourages you from taking your eyes off the road, depends on what perspective you look at.
Most Mercedes-Benz models have the shift lever near the steering wheel, but not the X-Class. It is positioned in the center console, but it is too rudimentary for a premium builder. The automatic pilot can be activated by a lever on the left of the steering wheel and is easy to use.
The electric seats have heating function, leather upholstery and good lateral support for all types of travel, especially for off-road bikes. The seat heating function is very good in winter, which is also available for rear passengers. The rear seatback is slightly higher than the front seats, so the rear passengers will sit higher. The legroom and headroom is decent for the rear passengers. The bell is LED illuminated and can be covered with a lid.
Consumption at extremes: kickdown vs. Eco mode
The new V6 diesel engine for the first time on this model can be exploited to its true potential through the Sport mode. The accelerator pedal responds very quickly to pressures, and at kickdown the transmission changes the gears extremely quickly. Acceleration from 0-100 km / h is done in 7.9 seconds, which is good for a 2,200-pound utility model. But consumption is also good. In Eco Mode, the best my computer’s on-board performance was 9 liters per km in rural areas. In town, especially if you have the Sport feature enabled, consumption may be double.
Getting off-road Mercedes-Benz X-Class has everything you need to cope with any challenges. Being equipped with all-terrain tires I was not afraid to venture on mud-covered slopes over 10 cm. He climbed up and down the slopes without any problems. The rear differential, the hill hold control (HHC) and the “magic” 4Low button did their job well, so I had no emotions at all. Thresholds help lower the car, so we stayed clean on the pants during the test.
On the cobbled roads, the suspension is very comfortable, so pits and bumps are not very disturbing to those in the interior, and the asphalt, the high ground guard, the soft suspension and the large tires give the feeling that you are floating. The direction is slightly imprecise, so steering turns require little steering correction.
EuroNCAP gave the Mercedes-Benz X-Class the maximum five-star rating. The model features the most important safety systems such as the Lane Keeping Assist, Active Brake Assist, Traffic Sign Assist and Trailer Stability Assist.
I liked the X6 Class V6 and gave me the impression of a car that favors more off-road routes as a destination, but it also captures the city. The German field car presents itself in a truly premium package, both outdoors, inside, safety systems and under the hood. The big advantage is the V6 engine with automatic transmission that gives the car good performance, but the consumption will be adequate.
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