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Great Wall Steed

The independent definitive Great Wall Steed pick-up (2014-2016) video review

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By Jonathan Crouch

Great Wall's attempts to sell us a cut-price, full-sized pick-up didn't quite hit the mark. Undeterred, the Chinese are back with a better Steed. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 30

The Great Wall Steed is back in revised form. Boasting better quality and Euro5 emissions compliance, this pick-up is tough, rugged and fearsome value for money. Owners swear by 'em.

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For a car company that's been operating for nearly forty years, the Great Wall brand still has a pretty sketchy recall amongst the British car-buying public. While the Chinese were manufacturing products like the Wingle, the CoolBear, the Cowry and the Sailor, most of us were blithely unaware of the marque. It was only with the introduction to the UK of the Steed pick-up that we began to get an inkling of what they could do and that was to sell cars very cheaply. The Steed was, to all intents and purposes, a cut-price version of a Toyota Hilux, offering rugged durability at a price that read like a misprint. Cynical bunch that we are, we tended to look at the Steed and reason that if something looks too good to be true, it's probably worth avoiding. Perhaps it was a few years too late to capitalise on the austerity era of the credit crunch, who knows, but the Steed never really chimed with British buyers. Undeterred, Great Wall has regrouped and come back with an updated proposition.

Driving Experienceword count: 181

The latest Steed hasn't changed that much under the bonnet, but the 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine is now certified to Euro5 emissions standards. Only a two-litre? Don't worry, because this one's power and torque (139PS and 310Nm) are comparable with many of its rivals' 2.5-litre engines. It'll get to 60mph in 17 seconds, which isn't particularly rapid but then you're probably not buying this car as an alternative to a Holden Maloo. Likewise, the steering and gearchange aren't anything to give Porsche designers recourse to the drawing board, but it's big, honest and does exactly what you'd expect and more of a vehicle in this class and at this price point. There's a switchable four-wheel drive system and decent ground clearance which means the Steed will smash its way through the muddiest sites. The Borg Warner transmission is rugged and the latest Steed has a maximum payload of 1,050kg and is now certified in the UK to tow 2.5 tonnes with a braked trailer. What's more, the latest Steeds get rear discs, as opposed to the drum brakes of the previous version.

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