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Picador Vauxhall Chandlers Ford
Fuel type Diesel
Engine size 2.0
Engine size 1996
S & S Services Isuzu
The Great Wall Steed is a tough, strong and capable Chinese double cab pick-up that's powered by a lusty 139PS 2.0-litre turbo diesel. It was first introduced to the UK in 2012, but here, we're concentrating on the improved Euro5 version that was introduced in 2014. This enhanced model aimed to offer higher quality, smarter styling and extra equipment to build upon the leather-lined air conditioned luxury this vehicle originally provided to sooth away the strains of the working day. It's a very affordable secondhand pick-up proposition. But is it also a credible one?
In the first half of the 21st century's second decade, pick-up makers were mostly all pushing their products up-market, which left a gap at the lower, more affordable end of this segment that this improved Steed slotted right into. But even if you're aware of that, you can't help approaching this vehicle with a 'where's-the-catch' mentality. It is just so much less expensive than its rivals that you tend to find yourself analysing every aspect of the way it works to see where corners might have been cut.
Do that with this improved post-2014-era model and it's a lot harder to find fault than it was with the original post-2012-era version. Certainly, a big step forward was made in cabin quality, the thing that rather over-emphasised the affordability of the earlier version of this vehicle. As a result, at the wheel, you feel like you've invested in a much more modern product. As indeed you have. The Euro5 engine is cleaner, the rear disc brakes are more effective and the towing capability is a match for the best of this Chinese pick-up's rivals. If you can find a well looked-after, well-priced example, it'll all make sense. Buy carefully though.
Borrowing £7,500 on a Hire Purchase agreement over 48 months, a representative APR of 18.5% and a deposit of £0.00,
the amount repayable would be £216.89 a month, with a total cost of credit of £2,910.72 and a total amount
payable of £10,410.72.
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