Steed 5 Double Cab
I drove the Steed 2.0 turbo-diesel double cab down to Gondwana Game Reserve (http://www.gondwanagr.co.za/) using the N2 and coming back on the gravel road ( Route 327) over Van Wyksdorp. A good test of high speed highway and various types of gravel road.
The bakkie I drove had 10 000km on the clock. There was not a squeak or rattle to be heard. The Steed 5 seems to be a very well built bakkie on the lines of the previous (outgoing) Isuzu design platform, but with a better engine and gearbox.
Ride height is 198cm, which is fine for normal uses. Tyres are 235/70 R16, which make for a comfortable ride and a purposeful look.
Fit and finish appears to be good.
The Steed comes with ABS, EBD, two airbags and fog lamps.
The cabin does not try to be car like. It is a comfortable well laid out bakkie.
The aircon works very well and like all the other controls is simple to use. Radio/CD player is a standard unit. The on/off switch is a bit finicky.
The seats are comfortable, also over longer distances. The driving position works well. They are not height adjustable.
The interior is completely dust free. I drove over 300km on gravel roads without a speck of dust.
The Steed looks exactly like the outgoing Isuzu KB from the middle of the bonnet backwards. The nose is unique and I think looks like the nose of a modern bakkie should look.
It is a neat design and looks up to date.
The Steed behaves superbly on gravel roads. It is much better than the HiLux or the previous KB. On tar it is a pleasure to drive. The sixth gear is a long overdrive only suitable for level cruising, but in fifth she climbs hills without effort. Fifth can also be used for overtaking.
The steering is a pleasure. It is light at low speeds and stiffens with increased speed. Very good.
I found the brakes effective and well modulated.
The suspension has been really well sorted for both on-road use and gravel travel.
The 2.0 litre turbodiesel produces 110kW@4000rpm and 310Nm @ 1800 – 2800.
Expect fuel consumption of around 10litre per 100 km.
Very smooth gearbox coupled to a very willing engine.
Fantastic value for money. Feels and looks like a real bakkie, which it is.
There is a small digital clock in the radio display when the radio is off. Otherwise no clock.
The 4 cup holders are all can size, so water bottles do not fit properly.
I would have liked a cruise control.
The doors lock automatically 15 seconds after being closed. This can be very bad if your keys are in the car. Some people will like this feature. I worry that I will lock myself out.
This is the first Chinese bakkie which you have to consider when you are in the market for a bakkie . It is a very very good value proposition. I liked it.
The Steed does not try to be anything other than a fine one ton light truck. Build quality seems to be good.
The Steed 5 Double Cab 2.0 VGT 4×2 costs R239 900. Its 4×4 sibling R264 900. Prices which are almost impossible to beat.
There is a 3 year / 100 000km warranty.
There is no competition at the price.
The nearest competitors are the Foton Tunland at R279 950 and Nissan NP300 at R338 400.