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