GWM – formerly Great Wall – has had a few cracks at breaking the Aussie ute market, but its latest example, named Ute, is a giant leap forward.

We find out whether now is the time to buy a Chinese built workhorse.

VALUE

The GWM Ute is a bargain: the base Cannon is priced at $33,990 drive-away and rises to $40,990 drive-away for the top-shelf Cannon-X. We are testing the mid-tier Cannon-L costing $37,990.

It is hard to look past the GWM Ute’s price tag, which is about $20,000 cheaper than a similarly equipped Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger.

There is a long list of standard convenience and luxury features inside to tempt buyers to come have a closer look.

Handsome looks complete with big 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome grille and muscular stance means it fits the tough guy profile of most dual-cab utes on the market.

GWM guarantees the Ute for seven years/unlimited km, plus it also provides five years free roadside assist.

There is no capped price servicing program and intervals are short at 12 months/10,000km.

COMFORT

The Ute’s cabin is a pleasant experience, with a high driving position and firm but comfortable seats, which are easily adjustable. The front pair also get a heating function.

Airconditioning was a lowlight with the unit struggling to cool the cabin during a run of 30-plus days, and the faux black leather upholstery became hotter than the sun after a spell out of the shade.



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