Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pure review

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pure may be the entry-level model but is by no means basic. While the exterior lacks the flair and style of the Progressive and flagship Power models, the Pure boasts a wide range of creature comforts on the inside and starts from a more affordable £27,310 plus VAT.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pure spec

Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pure interior

Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pure interior

On the outside, Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pures look utilitarian, with just 17-inch steel wheels, black plastic bumpers, door handles and door mirrors. It lacks heated mirrors, although fog lights are included.

On the inside however, there is air conditioning, central locking, 12v sockets, a reversing camera, cruise control and a range of safety equipment like Hill Start Assist, Traffic Sign Assist and Lane Keeping Assist. Infotainment is provided by the Audio 20 system which includes a CD player, satellite navigation, DAB radio, Bluetooth, steering-wheel mounted controls and a 7-inch touchscreen display.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class X220D engine

Mercedes-Benz X-Class engine data

Mercedes-Benz X-Class engine data

There is a choice of drivetrains on the Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pure; a X220D manual (6-speed manual) or X250D automatic (the 7-speed 7G Tronic). Both variants employ the same 2.3-litre Renault-Nissan engine, although the X220D has been tuned to produce 161bhp/403Nm and the X250D to 188bhp/450Nm.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pure price

Prices for the Pure X220D manual start at £27,310 plus VAT and increase to £29,310 plus VAT for the X250D automatic. This makes it by far the most expensive pickup truck on sale in the UK, with most entry-level double-cabs starting at sub-£20,000 and most flagship models costing between £25,000 and £27,000.

Weights and dimensions

Mercedes-Benz X-Class load area

Mercedes-Benz X-Class load area

Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pure verdict

The X-Class Pure is certainly expensive, but there is a lot of kit for your money. For just £1,200 more, we’d upgrade to the Progressive which may not be a big improvement in terms of technology, but its certainly a lot easier on the eye.

For driving impressions, read the main Mercedes-Benz X-Class review.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class deals

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Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pure review

About The Author
- Liam Campbell is an award-winning journalist with a Masters degree in Automotive Journalism from Coventry University. Growing up on a farm and learning to drive in a Mark 1 Range Rover (his left thigh is still twice as big as his right), Liam likes to think he knows a thing or two about commercial 4x4s. Previously, he was the Van Editor at Parkers and resident pickup expert at Car Magazine, before taking up the post of Editor at Professional Pickup & 4x4. Follow him on Twitter https://twitter.com/maxximum_load

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