Toyota Land Cruiser review - Interior, design and technology
The Land Cruiser has strong presence, but while the interior offers plenty of toys, the design feels a bit dated
Few cars can match the Toyota Land Cruiser for road presence. It’s marginally shorter than the Land Rover Discovery, but it’s taller, and while the distinctive step in the Land Rover’s roofline is a neat design touch, the Land Cruiser is pure 4x4, thanks to its ‘two-box’ design and tall ride height.
Bulging wheelarches, chunky roof rails and running boards – essential to help smaller occupants get on board – only add to the rugged look, while the 2014 facelift added full LED lamps front and rear. These include super-bright daytime running lights, and when you combine them with the huge five-bar chrome grille, the Toyota looks imposing – although you’d struggle to call it pretty.
Come 2018, and the car was revised again, with its new grille and headlights set higher to improve the car’s off-road ability; and, Toyota added a dip in the centre of the bonnet to give the driver better visibility. In the UK, the Land Cruiser features a spare wheel under the boot floor, although in some markets it still comes with the spare hanging off the back door.
Inside, the Land Cruiser delivers the kind of old-school luxury you’d expect from a Lexus LS. Top-spec Invincible models get plush leather, while wood trim on the wheel and dash is designed to give an upmarket touch, although this looks a bit dated. At least the 2018 facelift brought in a new-look and a more ergonomic dashboard that incorporates Toyota's latest infotainment systems
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
The Land Cruiser features Toyota's Touch 2 multimedia system, with an 8-inch touchscreen featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Toyota updated the system in 2020 with new software and a customisable home screen, which allows owners to arrange their most frequently used functions in a similar way to a smartphone.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe iconic Toyota Land Cruiser is still the ideal car for when the going gets tough...
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Land Cruiser can't match the refinement of European 4x4 rivals, but you'd choose it for an outback adventure
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe Land Cruiser won't be cheap to run, but it's reliable and is predicted to hold its value well
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingThe Land Cruiser has strong presence, but while the interior offers plenty of toys, the design feels a bit dated
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Land Cruiser is a practical choice, although the optional third row of seats eats into the huge boot space
- 6Reliability and SafetyA reputation for peerless reliability coupled with decent safety credentials should make the Land Cruiser a good bet