The Great Wall is im­pres­sively quiet in­side, and even at mo­tor­way speed, with just some mild road noise

New Zealand LCV - - FEATURE -

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).

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