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GWM offers outstanding value for money

By Graeme Lund - Nov 23, 2017
GWM offers outstanding value for money

Over the past few months, I have had the pleasure of test driving a range of double cab bakkies from Isuzu, Toyota and Ford and they are all fantastic. Last week, I also drove the GWM Steed 5 double cab.

The clearest differentiator between the big three brands and the GWM is the price. You will not find a premium brand double cab for less than about R305 000 (Ford Ranger Double Cab Base 5MT). However, the bottom of the range GWM double cab, the Steed 5, goes for R169 900.  

Yip, that is just short of R135k less than the Ford.

So, the big question is, is the Steed 5’s built quality and performance half of that of the big three?

From the table below, it is clear that when the GWM Steed 5, the bottom of the range GWM double cab, is compared to the bottom of the range double cab from the Ford, Toyota and Isuzu, the performance is not as good in terms of power and torque but fuel economy is second from best and the load capacities are marginally different. 

 

GWM Steed 5 2.2 Mpi 4x2 Base Petrol

Ford Ranger 2.2TDCi 4X2
Hi-Rider

Isuzu KB 250 D-TEQ X-RIDER 4x2

Toyota Hilux 2.7 VVTi RB SRX MT

Engine size (L)

2,2

2,2

2,5

2,7

Power (kW)

78

88

100

122

Torque (Nm)

190

285

320

245

Fuel Economy (L/100km)

8,3

8,6

7,7

10,7

Payload (kg)

1000

1143

1092

860

Price

169900

305900

396200

394700

 

The interior of the GWM is basic, but well-built but the standard features are substantial for a car under R170 000 and includes dual front airbags, ABS, power steering, air-conditioning, electric windows and a radio/CD audio system (with USB support). 

The closest price competitor to the GWM, the Ford Ranger (R135 000 more), only has air conditioning and radio/CD but no power steering, ABS or airbags. The features on the Isuzu and the Toyota are rather more extensive but their price is a whopping R220k more than the GWM.

The drive ability and comfort of the GWM Steed 5 are better than most sedans in the same price range and about the same as the Ford Ranger Base Model. In fact, I enjoyed my drive time in Steed and at no point found that it lacked power or was uncomfortable.

Having owned a first generation Steed for 5 years that worked unbelievably hard on some very rough roads, I know that these vehicles are built tough. 

My conclusion about the Steed 5 is that it offers outstanding value for money and that it is a great option for a family with a limited budget, but wants a good quality, safe and very driveable double cab.