Review Great Wall Steed
Some people just want to save money.
They may know that they can spend a little more to get a brand with another reputation, or something that has been considered more favorable. Just think about the last time you thought about going to a restaurant for the first time – have you checked out its rating? See what people think? Roll the dice and head there?
That’s the kind of equation you can consider if you’re thinking about the Steed Great Wall. There are better utes from bigger brands available, but not as cheap as this if you just want something completely new and with lots of features.
The question is – should you consider it? Should you shake dice? We will have to leave that call for you.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 6/10
The exterior design of the Great Wall, is reasonably modern, even if the proportions are somewhat ungainly. Consider this – Steed is one of the longest, lowest utes out there.
The dimensions are 5345mm long on a huge 3200mm wheelbase, with a width of 1800mm and a height of 1760mm. There is a ground clearance of only 171mm for this model, which is the 4×2 model.
The wheelbase looks huge, and the back door is quite small considering the length of the car (plus the door handle is huge!). The B-pillars are set further back than necessary, and that makes getting in and out of the second row difficult.
The interior design is quite smart, though – compared to some of the older people out there, Steed has ergonomics and controls and materials are also of superior quality.
But our car – only a few thousand kilometers on the clock – has lost an exterior trim, along with a few fragments and fragments inside. The quality is better than the first generation Great Wall ute, but we hope the next generation global ute from the brand will be better once again. It needs to be.
How realistic is the inner space? 5/10
As mentioned above, the Steed’s interior is acceptable for a budget ute, but it’s a lackluster praise.
The cabin has a few fit elements – the dashboard design is decent, and the controls are fairly well placed. If you step up from a ute Great Wall first generation, you will be blown away.
Things like big media screens and leather-wrapped steering wheel, as well as adjusting the electric front seats and leather upholstery that feel more like cowhide than re-used trash bags will count towards some impressions. positive first.
That said, the screen is one of the most confusing things I’ve encountered – you have to pair your phone by clicking the icon that looks like a PC tower linked to the phone. Why? Also, the loading time on the screen is terrible and when you set it back, the screen will turn black. There is no reversing camera as standard, which is poor form. You can customize it if you want, similarly, sat nav is optional – and it looks very similar to a UBD or Melways. Plus the volume balance is very inconsistent.
As mentioned above, getting in and out for people in the backseat is poor – anyone with feet larger than six will struggle to get in and out without getting entangled. When you get back there, the knee room is tight, but the head room is okay.
There’s reasonable storage throughout – there’s a cupboard between the front seats, a door pocket with a bottle holder and a few discrete items up front, too. There is a map pocket at the back, but no other storage options unless you fold the seat backrest.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 9/10
The biggest reward feature of the Great Wall, is its price and specifications.
You can get a base model single chassis version for less than twenty drivers. This model is a 4×2 dual cab, priced at $ 24,990 plus on-road costs, but it’s almost always special at $ 22,990. Need a 4-wheel-drive vehicle? Pay two more grand and you will get.
Steed offers a list of standard features including automatic headlights, automatic wipers, LED daytime running lights, front and rear fog lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, One-zone climate control, heated front seats, leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, six-speaker stereo system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity and optional camera and GPS navigation mentioned above. You also carpet on the floor, not vinyl
The exterior is packed with features that traditionalists will love – there’s a large case to allow easy access to the tray, including a standard bushing as well as a sports bar. Access to the cabin will be easy for the shorties because there are side steps fitted as standard.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 6/10
Great Wall uses a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine with a capacity of 110kW (at 4000 rpm) and torque of 310Nm (from 1800-2800 rpm), only available with a manual gearbox 6 grant. No automatic transmission is available. But you can get a gasoline engine if you like, this is becoming rarer in the ute segment.
The payload capacity for the Great Wall Steed 4×2 is quite good for a dual cab pickup at 1022kg, and it has a gross vehicle weight of 2820kg. Steed is capable of towing without standard 750kg, but rated towing is 2000kg meager.
How much fuel does it consume? 6/10
The Great Wall has a required fuel usage of 9.0 liters / 100 km in the specifications we tested and through our test mode – including road and drum transport for a few hundred kilometers, it managed 11.1L / 100km. Okay, but not great.
The Great Wall’s fuel tank capacity is 58 liters, small for people and no long-range fuel tank option.
What does it like to drive? 6/10
A lot of utes today are aiming to be dual-purpose vehicles, with the combination of passengers, handling, control and powertrain meaning you can use them for work and play.
Great Wall? Well, it’s more about work. It’s a good way to say that you’ve won Patrick wants to put your family in this truck, but what about your colleagues? Too bad for them.
The ride is harsh without weight at the back, thrusting through bumpy roads and jostling behind a sharp edge.
The handlebars are light but require a lot of locking rings to lock, and large circles. You need to keep that in mind when you park, plus the view from the driver of the seat is best.
The engine likes to use every device but first, but the manual gearshift action is not interesting and the torque provided is not smooth.
I would say this – with 750 kg in the back, the rear suspension didn not sag a lot. Steed provides a great payload and the chassis can cope with it.