Confused.com Car review: Great Wall Steed S
CHEAP TO BUY AND RUN
It’s also the name of one of the most profitable vehicle manufacturers in China – and Great Wall is the first Chinese automotive brand to begin volume vehicle sales in the UK.
It started in 2012 with the launch of the Steed pick-up – a hard-hitting, no-nonsense motor, equally proficient as a workhorse or a weekend getaway set of wheels.
The Steed is also one of the most inexpensive pick-up trucks in Britain – both to buy and to run.
The S model, on test here, has a 2.0-litre, 16-valve turbocharged diesel lump which sips rather than gulps fuel.
The upshot is an average claimed fuel economy of 32 mpg.
The Steed’s stocky appearance - enhanced by broad-shouldered wheel-arches and high ground clearance - indicates its resilience as well as its credentials as an adaptable load-lugger, both on the road and in the rough.
Carrying capacity compares well with well-known pick-up rivals, and the 1,050kg maximum payload is very competitive.
Towing capability is impressive too at 2,500 kg with a braked trailer.
Climb inside and the four-door Steed’s double-cab body is well balanced.
Slip behind the wheel and the driving position is decent, with all the dials and controls easy to see and use.
There’s sufficient room for up to four passengers and storage space is generous.
This includes a lockable glove-box, front centre console, front door pockets with cup holders and front seat-back map pockets.
NO RIVALS AT THIS PRICE
But the Steed isn’t simply a stripped-down, no-frills instrument.
It’s well kitted out, and no similarly priced pick-up on sale in the UK will rival its notable tally of standard equipment.
The entry-level S model comes with a whole host of features typically offered as options in competitors.
These include 16-inch alloy wheels, daytime running lights, remote central locking, a Thatcham-approved Category 1 alarm, electric front and rear windows, an Alpine CD/radio with USB/MP3 and Bluetooth connectivity, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, air-conditioning, heated fronted seats and a leather interior.
The Great Wall Steed comes with a comprehensive three-year or 60,000-mile mechanical warranty, a six-year anti-perforation warranty, a three-year paint warranty, and three years’ roadside recovery and assistance.
- Max speed: 87 mph
- 0-62 mph: 17 secs
- Combined mpg: 32.8
- Engine: 1996 cc 4 cylinder 16 valve turbo diesel
- Max. power (bhp): 137 at 4000 rpm
- Max. torque (lb.ft): 225 at 1800 rpm
- Max. towing weight (braked) 2500 kg
- CO2: 222 g/km
- Price: £17,941 on the road
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