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.
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The arrival of the Land Cruiser Utility introduced a more basic look to the range. It features 17-inch steel wheels and black plastic trim in places, which will appeal to those intending to use the car off-road more than most.
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 infortainment systems.
Thankfully, the beige leather is optional, and it’s best avoided if you plan on heading off-road as it’ll show dirt very easily.
In the back is another set of climate controls for the rear seats, while the Invincible gets a Blu-Ray entertainment system as standard, complete with a drop-down screen in the roof.
Utility models again get a basic cabin, with more black plastic and plenty of switch blanks signifying the lack of kit it features, while velour fabric upholstery gives it some retro charm, too.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
From Active trim and above, the Land Cruiser features the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system, with an 8-inch touchscreen, which allows you to stream music from your smartphone via Bluetooth or a USB connection. Sat-nav is standard from the Icon grade, as is a JBL premium sound system. The range-topping Invincible adds DVD entertainment for rear passengers.
In this review
- 1Toyota Land Cruiser reviewThe Toyota Land Cruiser is the ideal car for when the going gets tough, and offers surprisingly good value
- 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 and good safety credentials should make the Land Cruiser a good bet