Road trip to Nagambie
Soak up the Goulburn Valley’s stunning, vineyard-dotted countryside.
Sunlight glinting through the eucalypts that hug the Goulburn River is a welcome change from the grey skies and intermittent showers that have followed us up the Hume Highway. The scenic route to Mitchelton Wines has taken us off the freeway at Seymour before tracing the river to a picturesque camping ground among the trees.
A pair of grey nomads pulling up with their off-road caravan can’t quite work out what to make of our big dual-cab pick-up. It’s the massive three-pointed star dominating the front grille that’s the cause of confusion – a reaction we’ve noticed several times on our trip from Melbourne to the Nagambie Lakes wine region.
The Mercedes-Benz X-Class pick-up still attracts attention more than a year after its Australian launch. The interest is perhaps unsurprising given it is the first ute made by a luxury car company.
Our ride is the Mercedes-Benz X350d Power, which uses a potent V6 turbo-diesel engine. It’s the flagship of the range and at $79,415 before on-road costs, it’s the most expensive mid-size pick-up in Australia.
It might be a workhorse, but it’s a comfortable ride even when tested on some fairly ordinary roads – and the cabin is quiet and well appointed. This is a ute, but it’s a fancy one.