The Toyota Land Cruiser is practical, built to last and will go wherever you want it to. The entry-level version is decent value for money.
It's not as agile as many rivals on road, and the four-cylinder engine is a bit weedy. The cabin doesn't have any wow factor, either.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Whereas most big 4x4s have six-cylinder diesel engines as the mainstay of their engine range, the Land Cruiser makes do with 3.0-litre four-cylinder units. The entry-level car has a 185bhp version mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, but the others get 187bhp and a five-speed, auto'. There's sufficient low-down shove to do the job on- or off-road, but it's not as quick or as flexible as rivals.
Ride & Handling
The Land Cruiser's separate-frame chassis is biased towards off-road ability and it will go just about anywhere you point it. As a result, it's not as agile as some big 4x4s on the road, and its sheer size can make manoeuvres a daunting prospect. The ride is okay over small bumps, but it doesn't cope as well with potholes or undulating roads.
Some rivals can match executive saloons for refinement, but the Land Cruiser isn't that smooth. The separate chassis keeps road and suspension noise to a minimum, however the bulky shape creates some wind noise. The engine needs to be revved hard and isn't as hushed as some rivals' six-cylinder units, but it's relaxed enough at speed.