British drivers love their Land Rovers. But elsewhere in the world, it’s the Toyota Land Cruiser that rules the roost.
Although touted as all-new for 2010, this facelifted model offers only subtle changes. A larger front bumper and bigger wheelarches make it slightly longer and wider than its already massive predecessor.
Inside, there’s a new modern dash in what is otherwise an ageing cabin. Chunky switchgear is in keeping with the car’s Tonka-toy image and the materials feel robust, despite looking dated. If it’s seven-seat practicality and gadgets galore you’re after, though, you won’t be disappointed.
On the road, the addition of continuously adaptive dampers reduces body roll, while road and wind noise at motorway speeds is much improved. A four-cylinder diesel engine is now the only option in the UK, but it isn’t as smooth as Land Rover’s 3.0 TDV6. Nevertheless, it suits the Toyota’s workhorse character.
* Price: £44,795
* Engine: 3.0-litre 4cyl diesel
* Power/torque: 171bhp/410Nm
* 0-62mph: 11.7 seconds
* Top speed: 109mph
* Economy: 34.9mpg
* Equipment: Sat-nav, JBL stereo, powered folding rear seats, leather upholstery, 18-inch alloys, roof rails, cruise control
* On sale: Now