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LET’S not around the bush; Great is a brand that at the moment is hoping to make small into the British pick-up

As one of the biggest markets for pick-ups in Great Wall figures if it can sell them here, it can them anywhere on the continent so one of the first markets outside of Wall’s native China to see the

The Steed is the first of the company’s to roll onto these but more than that the first volume-produced Chinese car to be imported to the UK at all.

As you might it’s cheap. But don’t let fool you into preconceptions the car deserve. Looking at the Steed as as possible without taking it in a workshop, there’s a lot going for it.

You can get two models; the S and the SE. The entry-level S only £13,998 on the road excluding for a double-cab pick-up with a economical diesel engine, four- and two-wheel-drive, a low-range a one-tonne payload limit and a towing potential.

Whichever way you it that’s pretty impressive. As on the S you also get 16-inch alloy and tall, chunky off-road tyres, daytime running remote central locking, a category one alarm, electric all round, an Alpine CD/Radio with Bluetooth link-up, controls on the steering wheel, air and even leather seats, the two of which are heated.

It’s a specification for something so inexpensive, and it a little explaining to ease of the natural scepticism. Labour are a big part of why cars are so expensive and at the Chinese labour is an awful lot than European labour. The are also on the utilitarian side, but at you won’t worry too much knocking them around.

Nor have there been research and development costs, much of the design learned Great Wall’s own 35 years of making vehicles for the Chinese and East Asian markets. The is a mixed bag with independent wishbones at the front and old-fashioned springs at the back to minimise into the load bay.

But the of all the relatively low-tech engineering and high specifications is a vehicle actually quite charming. The Great Wall-designed diesel the gutsiest and needs a boot of revs to pull its hardest, but flawed in an endearing way and works well on the daily drive town.

The out-sourced gearbox has been for tough environments and hard so along with the low-range for serious off-road tasks the unit uses shorter than a typical car would, the engine to more easily heavy loads.

For an extra plus VAT the Steed SE has a body-coloured canopy for the load bay, a bay liner, chrome side rear parking sensors and a of visual enhancements. It’s the of the two models and sits well alongside pick-ups costing twice the price.

Driving the is an oddly enjoyable affair. hardly quiet; the engine in makes its every noise in a way that we European softies used to with our soundproofing and injection systems. The Steed has an of mechanical whirrs and whines feel refreshingly old-school.

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With plenty of motorway into the bargain the test car hit over 300 miles.

The steering is and slow, so corners must be with care. Its turning is ponderous at best, with a wheelbase dragging out behind the tyres and an overall length of than five metres. But a high driving position, a six-speed manual gearbox and seats, it’s immensely

A lot of builders, joiners and other out there on a tight budget love the Steed. Although stuffed with luxury of questionable relevance, you never get the that you’re paying the odds for extra degrees of you don’t really need in a vehicle.

What’s yet to be proven is the Steed’s under pressure; the quality of its bolts and inner workings. so little in the first place will never be in danger of too much money on it, but the early here, on top of sales passing in China, give a more impression than some want to afford it.

Remember, laughed at Japanese motorbikes in the 1970s and look how that out. Don’t write the off, but actually go and drive it. You just find it fits the


Model: Wall Steed SE, £15,998 on the plus VAT.Engine: 2.0-litre turbodiesel producing 141bhp and 6-speed manual gearbox high- and low-range ratios the rear or all four wheels low-range uses four-wheel-drive Top speed 87mph, 0-62mph in 17 economy: 30.1mpg.CO2 rating:

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