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It’s Tough at The Top – Toyota Land Cruiser 3.0 D4D

To mark 60 years of production Toyota have unleashed the revamped version of their mighty Land Cruiser. A raft of hi-tech features has been introduced that are designed to improve its road manners.

Test Car
Powering our test car is a 3-litre D4D engine. This engine has been re-engineered and the results are an increase of output from 127kW (171bhp) to 140 kW (188bhp) and maximum torque from 410 to 420Nm. The result is that despite its size and 2990 kg weight, it certainly is no slouch and sprint from o-100km in 11.7 seconds. Top speed is 175kph.

On The Road
Off-road, the Land Cruiser is still the go anywhere car it has built its reputation on. On road it surprises with reassuring handling and good steering feedback. Through the corners the Toyota is very agile for a vehicle of its size but there is considerably more body roll than evident in other SUVs in its class. That said this is not a car for throwing into corners and on the motorway is perfectly refined and around town surprisingly nimble.

Interior
Behind the wheel the Land Cruiser feels like a big car with excellent all road visibility. There is capacious space, a user friendly dash and supremely comfortable seats. Overall there is room for seven with the back two seats folding to provide extra storage space and provides 974 litres of luggage capacity.

Economy
The Land Cruiser is an extremely well equipped vehicle. Our test car was equipped with cruise control, Bluetooth, Stop Start technology, dual control triple zone air conditioning and manual wiper and lights. The combined fuel economy is 8.1 litres per 100 km (35mpg) which is not surprising for a vehicle this size. But with CO2 emissions of 213g/km this means the Land Cruise is in Band F for Motor Tax which brings an annual bill of an eye watering €1,129.  

Verdict
The Land Cruiser combines a ruggedly handsome exterior with a luxurious interior. For over six decades it has forged a reputation for exceptional strength and lasting quality in the world’s toughest environments. While the latest version remains true to these rugged principles if you not regularly encountering the world’s most hostile environments competitors offer better on road manners and may be the more sensible option.  

 Why you’ll buy one? The Land Cruiser demands respect for its legendary off-road capability. 

Why you won’t? The Land Rover Discovery is still the one to beat.  

Competitors:  Land Rover Discovery; Volkswagen Touareg; Volvo XC90 

LAST WORD: It will outlive cockroaches! 

 

TOYOTA LAND CRUISER 3-LITRE D4D 

Factfile 

Engine: 2982cc diesel engine putting out 140kW @ 3,400rpm and 410-420Nm of torque 

Max speed: 175kph 

0-100km/h: 11.7 seconds 

Emissions (motor tax): 213g/km (€1,129 (Band F)) 

Starting price: €65,575 

Model price range: €65,575 – €144,875 Test Car – €83,675. 

No of Doors:  5 

Euro NCAP:

Fuel type:  Diesel 

Fuel Economy (combined cycle): 8.1litres/100km

 

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