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Buying

What should I be paying?

As far as owning goes, the Highlander will likely be as fuss-free as any Toyota product - albeit not the cheapest. Insurance groups are yet to be confirmed, but first-year VED will sting you for £530. The CO2 emissions are a good chunk under most of the competition (something like an Audi V6 diesel with similar performance weighs in at around 208g/km, for example), and there’s a decent set of warranties.

These include a five-year/100k-mile pan-European mechanical warranty, three years on the paint, 12-years for anti-corrosion - you even get a year’s free AA roadside assistance bunged in. Servicing is a relatively modest 10,000 miles or annually. Interestingly, we had a quick fumble on our favourite PCP calculator, and it registered the Excel at £638.80 per month and the Excel Premium at £657.35 both including VAT with a sub-£4k initial payment over 36 months with a mileage limit of 10k a year. That sounds ok, until you realise that a Volvo XC90 or Land Rover Discovery will both set you back around the same amount - or even less. Sad emoji face.

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