Our cheap ute tour in­cluded stops at all the bud­get stops, in­clud­ing a re­fuel at Wait­omo.

New Zealand LCV - - FEATURE -

four pas­sen­gers on board, the sus­pen­sion is an odd mix of harsh and bouncy, feel­ing overly sprung and un­der­damped, which leads to an un­com­mon and odd mix of be­ing overly harsh over bumps, and overly soft and floaty at high speeds. It’s the only ma­jor com­plaint about the T60, but we dis­cov­ered some­what of a fix dur­ing a tow test a few is­sues ago. When tow­ing and loaded with 2.2 tonne, it largely sorted all the sus­pen­sion is­sues and turned it into a highly com­pe­tent, very ef­fec­tive tow ve­hi­cle. And it was even fru­gal with fuel, man­ag­ing less than 10.0l/100km while tow­ing.

So while the LDV lags a lit­tle be­hind the top dogs, it proves ad­e­quate on merit and out­stand­ing on value. With re­spon­sive­ness, han­dling and au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, it’s a pack­age that proves and punches well above its weight (and price).

Con­sid­er­ing the sub-$40k price, the LDV T60 demon­strates a solid start­ing point for the law of di­min­ish­ing re­turns, of­fer­ing a lot for rel­a­tively lit­tle.

The Great Wall is a ve­hi­cle with an iden­tity, one that doesn’t pre­tend to be any­thing it’s not, and ser­vices its pur­pose and niche. For ev­ery bou­tique spe­cial­ist store, there must also be a Pak’nsave to serve ev­ery buyer and ev­ery bud­get.

And as far as Chi­nese utes go, both the Great Wall Steed and LDV T60 are ideal con­sid­er­a­tions to both pack and save. If badge loy­alty isn’t a con­cern, then each of these utes will prove the price is right.

Even at the fuel pump (bud­get Wait­omo fuel of course), each of our bud­get utes de­liv­ers less than 10l/100km.

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