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You get what you pay for, the old saying goes. And with the leading utes commanding prices around $50-$70k, their budgets aren’t in everyone’s reach.

 

So the obvious question changes to just how much is lost when those utes start sliding down the variant, equipment and price scale? A Toyota Hilux starts at $36k; Holden’s Colorado at $40k and Ford’s Ranger at $42k, and their entry level prices come with matching entry level equipment, albeit with the shared dynamics of the respective models.

 

But what about the lure of the cheap Chinese ute? Is it better to buy a big fish from a smaller pond? At $40k, the top-spec LDV T60 Luxury ute offers top-line equipment at a low-level price. And at $32k, Great Wall’s top-spec Steed is around half the price of the more popular ute models, but is it half the ute?...

 

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