CRUISER CONTROL ON ROAD AND OFF
Whether to the shops or through a river, Toyota’s new model will take you there in comfort and style
TOYOTA LAND CRUISER 2.8 D-4D
WHEN it comes to reputation, there’s little that can touch the Toyota Land Cruiser. It’s the most indestructible of all big 4x4s and has spawned its own legend. Australian backwoodsmen say that if you need to get to where you’re going, buy a Land Rover. If you need to get back again, choose a Land Cruiser.
Here in the UK, however, there’s often little requirement for a vehicle that can ford swollen rivers. We just require a little more versatility.
The latest Land Cruiser responds to that call. The 2.8-litre diesel engine now on offer is slightly smaller than the previous 3.0 D-4D lump, and also a little down on power, not that previous buyers will notice much difference.
Toyota talks of improved torque delivery and there’s still a lusty 420Nm of pulling power through the gears of the much improved six-speed automatic transmission. That said, a performance SUV this is not.
This doesn’t mean to say the Land Cruiser need be hard work to drive. Suspension modifications made in recent years offer an improved balance of stability and ride quality. Improved on-road refinement hasn’t come at the expense of off-road ability though.
Design-wise, the styling is as rug- ged as ever, and the cabin is largely unchanged too, though a lot smarter than it used to be, with trims and detailing that raise the overall tactile and perceived quality.
Prices are in the £36,000 to £55,000 bracket, around £5,000 less model for model compared to the latest Land Rover Discovery. The combination of a smaller 2.8-litre powerplant, Euro6 engine technology and a more efficient six-speed auto gearbox help this Land Cruiser achieve around a 9% improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions. The combined cycle performance is rated at 39.2mpg and there’s a CO2 figure of 194g/km, these returns for the five-door model.
It’ll be expensive to tax, but at least residual values are and will stay very strong — expect around 52% of your original purchase price back after the usual three year standard ownership period. This improved fourth generation six cylinder Land Cruiser has smartened up its act, but it still remains a proper 4x4 that will very comfortably get you and six passengers wherever you want to go.