2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class Ride-Along Review - I walked up to the door of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class-- the vital new dual-cab pick-up from the German brand-- and slotted myself in behind the steering wheel. I got myself comfy, and was thrilled to retreat from the beginning point of the examination loophole to see what this much-anticipated brand-new design was like.
Yet it was then I bore in mind that I had not been allowed to drive.
I would certainly come all the way to South Africa to see this brand new automobile exposed, to establish if the brand-new Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute can live up to the expectations most of us have regarding that brand and exactly what it finds out about making top quality automobiles.
2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class Ride-Along Review
I wouldn't be obtaining my hands on the leather-lined tiller of the X-Class Power model I would certainly been appointed to. So I took my area in the front traveler's seat.
Without sounding like a whinger, it was frustrating to not get a drive of the new Mercedes-Benz ute-- not even a quick one. Like many Aussies I like utes as well as I wanted to own this due to the fact that it's been a long period of time coming. I bear in mind when Benz announced it would do a pick-up way back in March 2015, and it was something I would certainly expected driving-- as well as sharing my impressions on-- since.
Yet after my ride-along, or "co-drive" as Benz put it, right here's exactly what I could show to you: it's definitely a Mercedes-Benz. That is to state, it is completely and also completely possible to discern that-- just like Volker Mornhinweg firmly insisted when talking to us the evening before the drive experience-- it isn't simply a badge-engineered variation of the Nissan Navara, the ute that is the contributor to the X-Class.
It is a Mercedes-Benz, so it needs to seem like one within-- and also it does. Clearly it seems like it has commercial intent-- it's not an S-Class-- yet there are lots of top quality touches, particularly in the high-spec version.
The leather-lined steering wheel, fake-leather dash-top, aluminium-look trim on the doors and dashboard and also the tablet media display absolutely offer the high-spec version of this brand-new ute the air of an SUV.
And since it has a bunch of creative Mercedes-Benz tech, like the optional Comand media controller between the front seats and also the same dials as well as electronic driver details screen as a C-Class, you can not error this for anything however a correct Benz
The air-vents are cool, however in the Power version with dual-zone environment regulate the display as well as switches are plainly Nissan, not Benz. That sort of things mightn't matter too much to you, yet to anoraks like me that discover beauty in style communication (typefaces that match, for example) it's a complaint.
There's fairly a great deal of blank space on the dashboard and also console, also, as well as lots of tough plastic around the location, yet it is a purpose-oriented automobile.
It will, however, be function loaded.
High-spec Power designs will feature a surround-view electronic camera and also front and also back auto parking sensors, while a rear-view electronic camera will be basic set in all versions. Plus there's heaps of the security things you 'd anticipate, like ahead collision tracking with auto-braking and also lane maintaining support.
And there are seven airbags-- including drape air bag coverage for those in the back seats, which the X-Class's only German-branded competitor could not match (we're talking about the Volkswagen Amarok!).
The space in the back row is, as you might anticipate, extremely just like what you enter a Nissan Navara-- it shares very comparable measurements and also wheelbase, so no surprises there.
Taller residents will should enjoy their noggins as they get in and also out, and there's not a stack of head area for any person over six-feet tall. But the leg and also toe room on offer is suitable, as well as shoulder room is good for 2 beefy blokes however could be a squeeze for three abreast.
If you are among the several expected purchasers who will certainly more probable cart their kids around in the back instead of their pupils, after that you'll enjoy to discover there are double ISOFIX child-seat support factors, along with rear air-vents standard across every model.
Things regarding those seats is that they're significantly much better than the Navara-- Mercedes-Benz has crafted new seats particular to the X-Class, as well as they're extremely comfy and really supportive.
Something we did notification was the quietude of the cabin-- under difficult throttle there was little sound from the gravel surface listed below, as well as the 2.3-litre twin-turbo diesel four-cylinder with its seven-speed automated seemed to handle progression rather well, without droning or rattling in the cabin.
That engine is among 3 drivetrains that we'll obtain-- two of which are sourced from the Renault-Nissan Alliance (the engine in this vehicle as well as a single-turbo lower-spec variation), and there'll additionally be a V6 from Benz included in the profile later on in 2018.