First place: Mercedes X-Class
The X-Class’s mission was to take the pick-up sector even more upmarket, and it’s succeeded. Its Nissan roots are all but eradicated, because it has the kind of quality and prestige found in Mercedes SUVs, and it’s the best-riding truck we’ve ever driven. Yes, list prices are higher, but it’s actually the best workhorse, too. If it’s your business vehicle, this is a lot of car (or truck) for the money.
Second place: Volkswagen Amarok
The X-Class sets the benchmark for quality in the class, but that doesn’t mean the Amarok should be overlooked. The big V6 under the VW’s bonnet is a real powerhouse that delivers addictive acceleration and pulling power, while its slightly larger load bay and more generous kit count stand it in good stead. Even so, as a premium pick-up, it can’t hold a candle to the newcomer.
Third place: Nissan Navara
We included the Navara here to see how much of a premium feel it had next to its new sibling, and it’s given a clear indication of where the X-Class improves on Nissan’s existing attractive formula. But look at the star ratings; it’s a great-value pick-up that will take the rough and tumble of family and work life, offering plenty of performance and practicality. It’s still a front runner.
Mercedes X Class vs Nissan Navara vs Volkswagen Amarok