The Great Wall is impressively quiet inside, and even at motorway speed, with just some mild road noise
points, the Steed is a cheap, utilitarian workhorse – it’s well equipped, quiet, rides comfortably and offers reassurance with a new car warranty. But a dated cabin, slow steering, lower safety rating and lack of auto and low-end torque could contribute to aspects that push buyers towards more expensive and/or second-hand conventional utes.
It’s not without its virtues, and in the $20$30k market, the Steed fills an entry level niche, budget and market.
One step up the price ladder is another Chinese ute that offers arguably a lot more. LDV’S 4x4 T60 comes in two models, starting at $28,990 for the Elite manual and topping out at $34,990 for the Luxury auto.
The T60 sits in a pricing sweet spot between entry level budget ute and premium-priced established players, selfaware that it needs to offer more for less.
Both white dual cab diesels, the Great Wall Steed and LDV T60 represent budget motoring, but with the safety and additions afforded by 2018 utes.
1 1&2: The basics of 2018 tech are there: controls on the steering wheel and Bluetooth for both Steed and T60, but the LDV takes it a little further with lane departure warning, auto emergency braking and five-star safety versus the Great Wall’s two stars. 3&4: LDV’S reversing camera features active turning guidelines, while seats are comfortable and a good facsimile of quality stitched leather, plus plenty of storage pockets and cupholders (and two more on the dash).