Although the idea of a premium pick-up truck may seem slightly oxymoronic, the X-Class’s cabin is undoubtedly a cut above its rivals as far as quality and aesthetic appeal is concerned.
Sure, a predominantly utilitarian character still pervades – owing to its chunky switchgear and large expanses of plastics to be found on the dashboard and door cards – but Mercedes has done a good job of masking the X-Class’s relationship with the more financially accessible Navara.
Chrome-outlined, X-shaped air vents help to draw the eye in and are surprisingly pleasing to the touch, while a large, patterned panel covers the expanse of the central fascia to provide a welcome visual respite from those plastics found in the lower sections of the cabin.
The 7.0in infotainment display is perched tidily on the upper reaches of the dash, while the familiar combination of touchpad and rotary dial controls lie on the centre console.
In truth, though, chances are you’ll avoid using the touchpad, because it isn’t particularly easy to use while on the move – particularly if you’re right-handed. The rotary dial is far more ergonomic, although the system just isn’t as fluid or responsive as you’d like it to be, with a noticeable delay between physical input and digital output.