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Toyota Land Cruiser V8

Overall verdict


No nonsense here. If you want the king of off-road luxury vehicles, with emphasis on the off-road, you want the Land Cruiser.


On-road it's a bit, erm, boaty...
Capable, dependable, and civilised. Pity about the styling: it’s brash outside and too reminiscent of a Corolla within.

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4.5 D-4D V8 5dr Auto


What we say: 

Almost literally bomb-proof, and great off-road. On it, however...

What is it?

Probably the car that gave Red Ken more sleepless nights than anything, and you’ve got to love it for that. Utterly bulletproof luxo-truck. Peace of mind, Baghdad style.


Despite clever electronics to keep you on the road, the LC V8 remains nautical. Its unstoppable mass, slightly divorced ride quality and semaphore steering reaction make it feel more like an ocean liner.

Superb comfort is assured by the supple suspension and acres of space, plus lashings of power-assisted luxury kit to bring out the lazy in you. The air-con system is desert-spec, and has no trouble keeping all seven passengers cool.

Power comes from a 4.5-litre, twin-turbo diesel and despite weighing 2.6 tonnes the LC’s in-gear acceleration is hugely impressive and overtaking is despatched with fast saloon levels of ease.

On the inside

The interior might not have the same luxury as a Range Rover, feeling like an overgrown Avensis, but there’s a real feeling of strength and quality inside.

It’ll tow a three-and-a-half tonne trailer, so how’s that for practical? The big LC also has seven seats, most of which fold, though they do eat luggage space.


Thanks to the diesel engine it’s not shatteringly thirsty. But it is a big and complicated 4x4 and so insurance (group 19), tax and servicing will add up.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.8 D-4D Active 3dr 5 Seats
12.1s 190g/km 39.2 177 £35,910
The cheapest
2.8 D-4D Active 3dr 5 Seats
12.1s 190g/km 39.2 177 £35,910
The greenest
2.8 D-4D Active 3dr 5 Seats
12.1s 190g/km 39.2 177 £35,910


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Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Want something just as rugged as the V8, but also inexplicably cool? How about the aged G-Wagen?