Because they’re taxed as light commercial vehicles, the company car tax incentives available on pick-up trucks to UK fleet drivers can make them surprisingly cheap to run – and has done for some time.

Moreover, the way the system works plays out particularly well for a firm like Mercedes because benefit-in-kind is applicable at a flat rate that isn’t influenced by vehicle CO2 emissions or purchase price.

Simon Davis

Simon Davis

Road tester
Our Progressive-spec car gets 18in alloys as part of the Style package. Top-spec Power models get 19in and basic cars 17in

Switching out of a mid-sized SUV and into a pick-up like the X-Class could therefore save a company car driver hundreds of pounds a month – and you’d save as much on an X350d as you would with an X220d.

The X-Class comes in three trim levels – Pure, Progressive and Power – with top-of-the-line versions getting features such as keyless go, LED headlights, electric seats, Artico synthetic leather upholstery and automatic climate control as standard. Mercedes also offers plenty of standard safety systems, among them autonomous emergency braking and both lane keeping and traffic sign recognition systems.

So although it’s clearly not equipped like a £40,000 family SUV, in neither respect could you call an X-Class antiquated or backwards.

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