What’s it like to drive a... big MAN army truck
Alarming and reassuring in equal measure, this is off-roading at its most remarkable and ridiculous
Posted: 22 Oct 2010
Having hauled yourself up into the cockpit, the first thing you notice about the HX-77 is a scarily high degree of tech. And that there are zero concessions to aesthetics. Switches and buttons and screens and dials abound alongside great slabs of hard, rubberised plastic and steel daubed in that distinctive British military green.
The massive and heavily cantered steering wheel is adjusted with a pneumatic hiss by a switch behind your right heel. Settled into a comfortable and judiciously well-sprung seat, the next thing you notice - and only because you need to take your mind off the switches and buttons - is that there is no bonnet. Just lots of glass. Front, left and right. It feels a bit like a fish tank. Which might be a worry beyond Bedford. Mercifully, by the time an HX-77 arrives in the 'Stan, this glass is considerably thicker.