Skip advert
Advertisement
In-depth reviews

Toyota Land Cruiser review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

The Land Cruiser is a practical choice, although the optional third row of seats eats into the huge boot space

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.0 out of 5

Practicality, comfort and boot space Rating

4.5 out of 5

Find your Toyota Land Cruiser
Offers from our trusted partners on this car and its predecessors...
Or are you looking to sell your car?
Customers got an average £1000 more vs part exchange quotes
Advertisement

Inside, the Land Cruiser isn’t quite as roomy as you might hope, as its old-school proportions and hefty 4x4 engineering restrict interior space a little.

Still, it’s easy to find a comfortable driving position, as there’s plenty of adjustment in the seat and steering wheel, plus visibility is good and you get lots of storage space for odds and ends around the cabin.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The Toyota is available as a three or five-door, and naturally the three-door is less family friendly; it’s more aimed at business users who need to carry equipment to locations off the beaten track and is only available in entry-level Active specification.

Active trim adds useful practical touches like Downhill and Hill Start Assist, all-round parking sensors and rain-sensing windscreen wipers, while the top-spec Invincible model is equipped with Crawl Control and Multi-Terrain driving modes, as well as blind spot monitoring.

Size

The five-door the Land Cruiser measures in at 4,970mm long and 2,000mm wide. For comparison, the Land Rover Discovery is 4,971mm long and 1,945mm, so there’s not a lot in it. However, the smaller three-door is just 4,395mm long and 1,885mm wide. In the UK, the five-door gets a spare wheel under the boot floor (it's not hanging on the back door like it does in some markets), while the three-door has a tyre repair kit to save space inside.

Leg room, head room & passenger space

The Land Cruiser comes with five or seven seats, and in higher-spec models, there’s an electric folding mechanism on the rearmost row. This means unfolding the seats for extra passengers or folding them away for additional boot space takes seconds and can be done at the press of a button, which is a nice touch. There is plenty of space in the middle row of seats thanks to a large footwell, impressive legroom and a high roof.

You can slide the middle row forward to free up extra space for passengers sitting behind. In fact, the two rearmost seats provide sufficient room for adults, for short journeys at least.

Boot

Boot capacity stands at 620 litres when the Land Cruiser is in five-seat mode, but with the rear seats in place the capacity is reduced to around that of a Fiat 500 – so while the big Toyota can carry seven people, it won’t be able to transport much of their luggage at the same time.

With all the rear seats folded down, the load space increases to a mighty maximum of 1,943 litres.

You need lots of space to swing open the side-hinged tailgate, which makes loading in tight car parks awkward, although the separate-opening glass can prove handy here. The rear suspension can be lowered to boost access, but there’s only a 5cm difference between its highest and lowest settings, meaning only a 2.5cm drop from normal.

Towing

The Toyota Land Cruiser has strong, but not class leading, towing capabilities. Across the board, all Land Cruisers can pull 3,000kg, irrespective of whether you opt for a five-seater or seven-seater, or auto or manual transmissions.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    2.8 D-4D Utility 3dr 5 Seats
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £32,699

Most Economical

  • Name
    2.8 D-4D Utility 3dr 5 Seats
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £32,699

Fastest

  • Name
    2.8 D-4D Utility 3dr 5 Seats
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £32,699
Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

Car Deal of the Day: stylish Peugeot 2008 is a steal at an incredible £142 a month
Peugeot 2008 facelift - full front
News

Car Deal of the Day: stylish Peugeot 2008 is a steal at an incredible £142 a month

Buyers can snap up the Peugeot 2008 small SUV at a bargain price; it’s our Car Deal of the Day for 10 April at just £142 a month
10 Apr 2024
New Ford Focus ST Edition is Ford’s “most complete” hot hatch ever
2024 Ford Focus ST Edition - front tracking
News

New Ford Focus ST Edition is Ford’s “most complete” hot hatch ever

Ford is making big claims about its latest fast family car, which adds exclusive equipment but no more power
10 Apr 2024
Alfa Romeo Milano 2024 preview: walkaround, specs and full details
Alfa Romeo Milano - front 3/4 static
News

Alfa Romeo Milano 2024 preview: walkaround, specs and full details

Alfa Romeo re-entered the small SUV sector with the new Milano offered in pure electric and petrol forms
13 Apr 2024