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First drive: Toyota Land Cruiser 3.0 D-4D LC5

Toyota
BIK List Price
£50,360
Toyota Land Cruiser BIK list price
BIK Percentage
35%
Toyota Land Cruiser BIK Percent
CO2
213g/km
Toyota Land Cruiser CO2
Combined MPG
34.9
Toyota Land Cruiser MPG

Review

Four-wheel drive vehicles have evolved over the last 10 years or so into the modern SUVs of today, but there is still a role for those whose heritage is as a workhorse.

The Toyota Land Cruiser is one of a handful of large 4x4s what you'd rely on to keep you going in extreme terrain where many SUVs might fall short.

The latest version of the Land Cruiser was new in 2010 and retains many of the attributes that have made it a small but vital component of the fleet market over the years.

It goes up against cars such as the Land Rover Discovery, Mitsubishi Shogun, Nissan Pathfinder and the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Ability off road, as well as a substantial towing capacity make these cars choices for utility fleets, construction and high visibility organisations such as the Highways Agency.

In these cases, where private use of the vehicle is non-existent, CO2 emissions and fuel consumption while important in as much as they contribute to the overall costs f the vehicle, are not as much of a factor as doing the job properly.

Toyota still offers short- and long-wheelbase versions of the Land Cruiser, although the five-door long-wheelbase model is much preferred on the used market.

So the Land Cruiser comes with a version of the trusty 3.0-litre four-cylinder engine found in the previous version. It produces 190bhp and a useful 302lb-ft of torque, although it can feel cumbersome in some typical on-road situations, such as roundabouts and junctions compared with the more on-road biased 4x4s.

New safety features include cornering lights, which turn with the steering (standard on LC4 and 60th Anniversary variants) and there are many other upmarket features available that make it feel more sophisticated than its utilitarian appearance suggests.

Refinement is improved over earlier versions, comparing favourably with other four-cylinder large 4x4s, although the Discovery's smooth six-cylinder diesel still has an advantage.

But, like the Discovery (and the latest Grand Cherokee), the Land Cruiser can be chosen with a system that manages the off-road systems.

Multi-terrain Select is activated using the multi-information switch on the steering wheel and accessed via the multi-information display. It offers four terrain modes:  Mud and Sand, Loose Rock, Mogul and Rock. The mode selected is shown in the display, with an additional prompt to the driver of the required H4 or L4 four-wheel drive transfer range. The Multi-terrain Monitor automatically displays the view ahead of the vehicle.

The Land Cruiser majors on quality alongside cars like the Mitsubishi Shogun and Nissan Pathfinder, but it isn't cheap. However, fleets could find it slightly less expensive to run than six-cylinder alternatives.

CO2 emissions
CO2 emissions are greatly reduced compared with Land Cruisers in the past, but still substantially higher than 200g/km when the latest generation of road-biased SUVs are lower than 200g/km,
Fuel costs
Capable of more than 30mpg, even with automatic transmission fitted, and aided by an Eco driving mode the Land Cruiser perhaps performs better than you might expect for such a large vehicle.
Residual values
The Land Cruiser has a great reputation as a reliable and durable vehicle, and therefore is in demand as a used car. Of course, those that have seen punishment as off-road vehicles would be less desirable, but can still fetch substantial sums when defleeted.
Running costs
Any vehicle such as this will be a considerable investment for a fleet operator, but they are chosen because they are fit for purpose. As such, the Land Cruiser is probably more cost effective than similar priced 4x4s with similar capability.
Driver appeal
Not much fun to drive, but supremely capable as an off-roader and has an image at least as strong as Land Rover. Also five-door versions are good seven-seaters for those who need to carry passengers on construction sites, etc.
FN Verdict
The Land Cruiser evolves slowly, but gets better with each generation. This one is the most sophisticated yet, and it's easy to see why it's a vehicle of choice for fleet operators who need a serious and multi-talented workhorse.
Top Speed
N/A
Toyota Land Cruiser Top Speed
VED band
N/A
Toyota Land Cruiser Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
Toyota Land Cruiser Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £18,525
4 Year 80k : £13,750
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 75.96
4 Year 80k : 68.99

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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