8. Toyota Land Cruiser

Toyota Land Cruiser

The Toyota Land Cruiser has been on the market for over half a century, and still serves up a strong blend of go-anywhere ability and luxury. It’s not as comfortable or refined as class-leading rivals, but is quite a lot cheaper to buy, and comes with a five-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

The interior provides plenty of space, although the two extra seats in the load bay – which fold away electronically – restrict boot size, and the side-hinged tailgate can be tricky to open in tight parking spaces.

Toyota Land Cruiser review

Still, there’s loads of kit, even on the entry-level LC4 model, including keyless go, climate control and Bluetooth. Seven airbags ensure decent safety credentials, too. But if you’re not happy parking the car, go for at least a mid-spec LC4 – it has a reversing camera.

Given the fuel thirst of the V8 model, most buyers will go for the 3.0-litre diesel. This has a towing capacity of 3,000kg, but still won’t exactly be cheap to run, with 35.0mpg fuel consumption. CO2 emissions of 213g/km also mean hefty road tax bills, and the car needs a service every 10,000 miles – although Toyota has a fixed-price deal to keep costs down.

9. Land Rover Defender 

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