Occasionally a Vehicle is so cheap that no matter how badly it performs in other areas, it will still make economic sense. One such is the Great Wall Steed, which beats the opposition into a cocked hat in terms of front-end price. In our last running costs evaluation in the December issue, this vehicle came top in its class, beating the likes of the Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, Volkswagen Amarok, Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi L200.
Great Wall has upped the spec for 2015, throwing even more standard equipment at this truck – great news for fleets.
This model is a marked improvement, with general fit and finish feeling a lot more solid and upmarket. It’s a handsome looking beast, with chunky macho looks, sparkling paint-work and nice touches such as chrome side rails.
Under the bonnet is a 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine offering 139hp and 225 lb-ft of torque, which is plenty to power this truck along nicely.
I was pleasantly surprised by the Steed’s performance: the seats are large and comfortable for a long journey and the gearchange is reasonably slick, while 4x4 high and low are selected by simply pressing a button.
So far we have heard no complaints about reliability problems for the Steed and with such a bargain basement front-end price, this must be a contender for anyone looking for four-wheel drive trucks.