Pure and Simple: Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pure at a Glance

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.

X-Class Pure: Specification

On the outside, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pure looks 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 7.0-inch touchscreen display.

X-Class Pure: Engine Options

There is a choice of drivetrains on the Pure model; an 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 163hp/403Nm and the X250D to 190hp/450Nm.

Specification X 220 dX 250 d
Engine displacement (cc)2,2982,298
Power (hp)163190
Torque (Nm)403450
Transmission6 Speed Man7 Speed Auto
0-62 mph (secs)12.911.8
Maximum speed (mph)105109
Fuel consumption
Urban (mpg)34.929.4
Extra urban (mpg38.740.9
Combined (mpg)37.235.8
CO2 emissions (g/km)200207
Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pure Load Bed

X-Class Pure: Weights and Dimensions

Weights and DimensionsX 220 dX 250 d
Load area (m²)2.482.48
Unladen weight (kg)2,1702,188
Max payload gross (kg)1,1301,112
Max payload net (kg)1,0551,037
Total weight (kg)3,3003,300
Trailer load braked/unbraked (kg)3,500/7503,500/750
Total weight towing mode (kg)6,1306,130

X-Class Pure: Price and Availability

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.

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Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pure Rear

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 it’s certainly a lot easier on the eye.