The Steed drives like utes used to decades ago. The T60 punches well above its weight and price
of other systems; however Apple Carplay/ Android Auto somewhat makes up for that.
Layout, function and general interior ergonomics are impressive, with all the functions at or around where they’re expected, though we did quickly learn to immediately deactivate the overly eager lane departure warning system.
Admittedly, those safety features also contribute to a five-star ANCAP safety rating, the first Chinese ute to do so and an impressive feat for a ute in this price bracket.
Under the bonnet is where the T60 distances itself from the Great Wall and tries to put its arm around the popular utes, with the promise that ‘I’m just like you’. An Italian VM Motori 2.8-litre diesel with a variable geometry turbo, it shares the same capacity as Hilux and Colorado, but falls a little short on power, with a relatively modest matching 110kw as the Steed, with 310Nm – a little lacking when compared to the entry level Hilux’s 123kw/343nm, or auto Colorado’s 147kw/500nm. Impressively, the LDV feels quicker than its numbers, and is more responsive and eager around town than its 0-100km/h in 13.3 seconds suggests.
A relatively light 1720kg kerb weight and six-speed auto help extract the performance, with its acceleration times closer to the Hilux than the Steed. It is on the noisy side, however, noticeably louder even compared to the Great Wall, especially at the arrival of 100km/h which coincides with an audible increase of wind noise.
On top of a five-year/130,000km warranty, the LDV T60 seems to have it all. And in many ways it does: the steering feels well weighted and accurate, and its turning circle is on par with the top sellers. If there’s a weak link in the T60’s chain, it’s the suspension: unladen, or even with
Next stop in our budget tour was the tradie’s favourite Maccas, though the Great Wall’s massive 14.5m turning circle provided a few minor challenges.
Above: LDV’S tray offers a few tie-down points. Right: Not choosing the optional reverse camera on the Steed leaves an odd-looking camera blank. T60 Luxury is fitted with standard reverse camera.