VALUE FOR MONEY STEED
HERE’S a pick-up secret. China’s Great Wall Steed has been selling steadily in Northern Ireland for over three years now, but chances are you’ve never heard of them. Not too surprising as it has no defining stand out characteristics, looking suspiciously like the old Isuzu Rodeo. Even the grille badge is mundane, but one element of this fine pick-up does take your breath away – the pricing. The Chinese build over 700,000 Steeds annually and export to 120 countries worldwide, with a thirty year pedigree manufacturing everything from compact cars to articulated lorries.
Available in two specifications, S or SE, both models boast a fabulous “basic” spec that includes heated front seats, leather interior front and rear, 4 electric windows, electric mirrors, remote central locking, CD sound system, Bluetooth, alarm, 2WD/4WD and Hi/ Lo shift-on-the-fly, 6 speed box powered along nicely by a gutsy 2 litre turbo diesel that sips fuel and tows 2.5 tonnes. Alloys are standard, as is a spare wheel.
The S is the bareback truck. SE adds a canopy, liner, reverse sensors and chunky sidesteps. Driving position is excellent, and the power steering is perfectly weighted for on and off-road use. On the standard tyres the Steed copes remarkably well off-road, there is an option to upgrade to mudplugger tyres – they look the part but increase fuel use and roadnoise. Stick with the original rubbers.
The warranty is best in class – six years or 125,000 miles. It’s VAT qualifying with a rear load bay that swallows a Europallet and 1050 kgs. It’s beautifully built, and the paintwork and fit and finish are excellent. Ride is good with rear leaf springs and torsion bars at the front, and disc brakes all round that give excellent levels of feedback.
What’s the catch? Well, it’s all in that badge. If you crave “ooooh” factor there isn’t any. This is good old fashioned value for money. Steed is no show pony. But it delivers, and then some… at a fraction of the price of its competitors, with all the comforts. You get a whole lot of high specced working pick-up, for thousands of pounds less than other Brand’s basic entry models. Steed S is just £14998+VAT. Correct. Under £15,000, with all the kit.
The Northern Ireland Great Wall Steed dealers are having their demo sale right now – and you can save even more on 2016 registered low mileage examples of S and SE. “We have a fine selection of late recent demos, when they’re gone they’re gone” said Peter Eakin of Eakin Bros in Claudy “We’ve been selling Great Wall since they first started coming in to the UK and have been delighted with them. It’s a fine truck.”
“Pound for pound the Great Wall is unbeatable” said John Barr at his Crumlin dealership “It’s an honest hard working pick-up that simply over-delivers on value. Call in soon and see our ex-demo S and SE offers, they are all VAT qualifying, pristine condition with big savings on new prices.”
Great Wall Steed