Great Wall Steed in UK

Although the title sounds like the Chinese have invaded Britain, but it’s actually the name of a pickup truck that’s just been launched there!

The new Steed promises to be the most affordable pick-up in the UK – both to buy and to run.  Prices start at just £13,998, and for that you get a 2.0-litre, 16-valve turbocharged diesel powerplant that isn’t very gutsy, but delivers good fuel economy fuel economy (30.1 mpg urban; 37.7mpg extra urban; 34.0 mpg combined). Because it’s so cheap, it also has the lowest insurance ratings (from 7A) of any vehicle in the pick-up segment.

The thing is it also looks and feels cheap, and just not as good as its European or Japanese equivalents. It’s good value though.


Specs and features:

Carrying capacity compares very well with established pick-up rivals, the spacious cargo bay measuring 1,380 mm x 1,460 mm x 480 mm (length, width, depth).  The 1,050 kg maximum payload is also very competitive – and towing capability is an impressive 2,000 kg with a ‘braked’ trailer and 750 kg unbraked.

Inside the four-door Steed’s generously proportioned double-cab body there is ample head, leg and shoulder room for the driver and up to four passengers.  Storage areas are plentiful, including a lockable glove-box, front centre console, front door pockets with cup holders and front seatback map pockets.

When the terrain gets more challenging, the driver can engage the Steed’s low-range gearbox, as well as the ‘on demand’ four-wheel-drive system – the latter at speeds of up to 12 mph.

Unrivalled value

The Steed might be able to work hard when required, but it is not a stripped-down, utilitarian device.  It is luxuriously appointed, and no similarly priced pick-up on sale in the UK will rival its impressive tally of standard equipment.

The entry-level Steed S (£13,998 CVOTR) comes with a host of features typically offered as high-cost options in competitor vehicles, including 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 full leather interior.

The range-topping Steed SE costs just £2,000 more (£15,998 CVOTR), and adds body-coloured hard-top canopy, body-coloured spoiler, chrome trim to the daytime running lights, chrome side bars, black roof rails, load bay liner, and rear parking sensors.

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