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.

Great Wall Steed Great Wall Steed in UK

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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