Even though Mercedes claims that the X-Class is suitable as both a rugged, off-road-capable pick-up and a vehicle for urban-based families, don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s any more car-like in the way it goes down the road than any of its immediate rivals.
The steering, for instance, has a noticeable amount of weight yet very little feel to it, and at 3.4 turns from lock to lock, it is particularly slow in its gearing. Any directional change therefore requires a fair amount of flailing at the wheel in order to provide the desired result.
Although this is a fairly common trait among pick-ups, some of them, of course, feel more manoeuvrable than others. Comparatively, a Toyota Hilux feels far more responsive and direct in its steering than the Mercedes.
That’s not to suggest that the X-Class is totally unwieldy, though. It may not be particularly happy being shown a challenging stretch of road but, even under hard cornering, it never feels as though it will suddenly throw its toys out of the pram.
There is a considerable amount of lean, true, and the electronic stability control can cut in in a fairly severe manner, but there’s a good amount of frontend grip on offer here.