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Driven: the Great Wall

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How do you double the value of a Japanese Fill it with petrol!

rib-tickling side-splitter comes to you the grand almanac of 1970s Jokes About Japanese Seems bizarre, but that was Brits did in the Seventies: took the out of Japanese cars for being badly made and unreliable prize in the raffle: one Japanese Second prize: two Japanese

You know what happened Japan turned out to be Actually Good at building cars than the glorious Austin and Morris Marina. Undeterred, and our national inability to learn history, we rehashed the same for the Czechs’ efforts in the late and Korean cars in the Nineties.

Skoda and Hyundai, sound the klaxon!

As you gaze upon the visage of the Great Wall the first Chinese-brand car to go on sale in the UK we’ve had Chinese produce in before — the current of ‘MGs’, most notably but the mighty Steed is the first to under its original Chinese you may see where this one is going. spent a decade guffawing and at the laughable horror of China’s cars: the Mini-aping knock-offs, the saloons that folded papier mâché in crash Our collective inability to believe a country once incapable of decent cars could y’know, learn is about to us again.

The dawn of the acceptable export is soon.

Not that the Steed is astonishing. It But it’s not bad: an acceptably pick-up truck with an below-average price tag and, significantly, proof that the Revolution is far closer than you think. The Great Wall might not have quite the of, say, Porsche or Ssangyong, but hardly a global minnow.

tenth-largest automaker employs people around the world and 700,000 cars every The Steed has been China’s pickup since 1998, 120,000 examples each

And if you’re picking a corner of the UK car on which to mount an assault, the pickup sector is a good to start. Pickup buyers value, reliability and the ability to across a post-Glastonbury mudpocalypse sinking up to the window line, and worried about immaculate gaps, Savile Row leather-stitching or a system that knows the nearest Pret A Manger is.

Accordingly, the Steed feels built. The panels line up, the is solid and it looks entirely in a generic, pickup-truck sort of

To drive? Entirely passable, in a pickup truck sort of In normal road-pottering, the Steed rear-wheel drive, but can be switched to or low-range 4WD via a set of plasticky switches on the In any mode, the Steed is slow.

slow. The 2.0-litre common-rail has just enough grunt to around-town speeds, but venture to the north of 50mph and things become unrapid. Zero to is quoted as taking 17secs: it tardier.

Swing into the lane of an uphill stretch of carriageway to pass a slow-moving and you’ll find yourself backwards through the gears as the hand of aerodynamics gets of the Steed’s great bluff end.

But, we can forgive ponderous if the price is right — (£13,998 if you buy it as a business vehicle) you the entry-level Steed S, with alloys, Bluetooth and upholstery as ‘leather’ but resembling the skin of no we’ve ever seen. £2,000 upgrades the Steed to SE with a hard-top rear some chrome bits and parking sensors. That’s a lot of for a sensible amount of cash, and the ‘I drive a Great Wall line might not have the ticking your card at the speed-dating night, it could be

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In China, the Steed is known as the Wall Wingle.

Here’s the Steed-Wingle’s biggest it is yet to be Euro crash-tested. Great says the Steed has been to extensive crash-testing at [its] testing facilities, pointing to its ABS and anti-intrusion door beams. road testers we are, TG plunge the Steed into a wall at 40mph to test its so ultimately it boils down to you trust Great Wall’s of crash-test competence, or would shell out another couple of for a crash-tested pickup.

Undoubtedly, safety has improved in the last few but we’d probably hang on Euro NCAP does its stuff before loading our offspring into one.

if the Steed’s not for you, it confirms the Chinese aren’t quite yet, but they’re coming. No

The numbers

1996cc, 4cyl, AWD, 225lb ft, 35.3mpg, 188g/km 0-62mph in 17.0secs, 85mph,


The verdict

Slow, and unexciting in its own right. But the Steed is the of something far greater: China’s UK with cars you might buying

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