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HERE’S a pick-up se­cret. China’s Great Wall Steed has been sell­ing steadily in North­ern Ire­land for over three years now, but chances are you’ve never heard of them. Not too sur­pris­ing as it has no defin­ing stand out char­ac­ter­is­tics, look­ing sus­pi­ciously like the old Isuzu Rodeo. Even the grille badge is mun­dane, but one el­e­ment of this fine pick-up does take your breath away – the pric­ing. The Chi­nese build over 700,000 Steeds an­nu­ally and ex­port to 120 coun­tries world­wide, with a thirty year pedi­gree man­u­fac­tur­ing ev­ery­thing from com­pact cars to ar­tic­u­lated lor­ries.

Avail­able in two spec­i­fi­ca­tions, S or SE, both models boast a fab­u­lous “ba­sic” spec that in­cludes heated front seats, leather in­te­rior front and rear, 4 elec­tric win­dows, elec­tric mir­rors, re­mote cen­tral lock­ing, CD sound sys­tem, Blue­tooth, alarm, 2WD/4WD and Hi/ Lo shift-on-the-fly, 6 speed box pow­ered along nicely by a gutsy 2 litre turbo diesel that sips fuel and tows 2.5 tonnes. Al­loys are stan­dard, as is a spare wheel.

The S is the bare­back truck. SE adds a canopy, liner, re­verse sen­sors and chunky side­steps. Driv­ing po­si­tion is ex­cel­lent, and the power steer­ing is per­fectly weighted for on and off-road use. On the stan­dard tyres the Steed copes re­mark­ably well off-road, there is an op­tion to up­grade to mud­plug­ger tyres – they look the part but in­crease fuel use and road­noise. Stick with the orig­i­nal rub­bers.

The war­ranty is best in class – six years or 125,000 miles. It’s VAT qual­i­fy­ing with a rear load bay that swal­lows a Europal­let and 1050 kgs. It’s beau­ti­fully built, and the paint­work and fit and fin­ish are ex­cel­lent. Ride is good with rear leaf springs and tor­sion bars at the front, and disc brakes all round that give ex­cel­lent lev­els of feed­back.

What’s the catch? Well, it’s all in that badge. If you crave “ooooh” fac­tor there isn’t any. This is good old fash­ioned value for money. Steed is no show pony. But it de­liv­ers, and then some… at a frac­tion of the price of its com­peti­tors, with all the com­forts. You get a whole lot of high specced work­ing pick-up, for thou­sands of pounds less than other Brand’s ba­sic en­try models. Steed S is just £14998+VAT. Cor­rect. Un­der £15,000, with all the kit.

The North­ern Ire­land Great Wall Steed deal­ers are hav­ing their demo sale right now – and you can save even more on 2016 reg­is­tered low mileage ex­am­ples of S and SE. “We have a fine se­lec­tion of late re­cent demos, when they’re gone they’re gone” said Peter Eakin of Eakin Bros in Claudy “We’ve been sell­ing Great Wall since they first started com­ing in to the UK and have been de­lighted with them. It’s a fine truck.”

“Pound for pound the Great Wall is un­beat­able” said John Barr at his Crum­lin deal­er­ship “It’s an hon­est hard work­ing pick-up that sim­ply over-de­liv­ers on value. Call in soon and see our ex-demo S and SE of­fers, they are all VAT qual­i­fy­ing, pris­tine con­di­tion with big sav­ings on new prices.”

Great Wall Steed

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