Land Cruiser 2.8 D-4D Invincible 7-seat Auto
SUVs are bought for their
fashionable styling rather than any
hardcore off-road ability but
Land Cruiser is different
it remains one of the few genuinely
tough and uncompromising large
SOLD IN OVER 190 countries around the world, the latest Land Cruiser, with
Toyota's all-wheel drive technology, has sixty-five years of hard-hitting history
The hardcore Land Cruiser has earned a legendary reputation for toughness, reliability,
durability and go-anywhere capabilities in jungles, deserts, mountains, and
war zones and even coping with the demanding requirements of the fashionable
SUV so loved by 'sporting' families!
The current generation model was introduced in 2009 and has been regularly updated
since then but now the 2018-model range for the UK market has arrived. The latest
line-up kicks off with a new entry-level Utility grade in three- and five-door
body styles Utility versions have five seats while the next model up,
the Active, offers a seven-seat option; top-spec Icon and high-tech Invincible
variants are full-blown seven-seater models.
range from £33,435 up to £52,855 and whilst specifications differ considerably
between grades, core to all models is the engine and drivetrain a 2.8-litre
D-4D DOHC 16-valve turbodiesel which is good for 174bhp at 3,400rpm with 331lb
ft of torque on call from 1,600 to 2,400rpm.
and durability the
Land Cruiser mounts its
body on a ladder-frame
chassis and with
the Invincible version serves up first class ride
A six-speed automatic gearbox is standard-fit and the 2.8 accelerates from zero
to 62mph in 12.7 seconds before going on to a maximum 108mph. The official combined
cycle fuel consumption is 38.1mpg, with CO2 emissions of 194g/km.
Those who prefer the ultimate control of a manual gearbox can have one in the
Utility version, which comes with a six-speeder but slightly less engine torque
(309lb ft from 1,400 to 2,600rpm). Acceleration to 62mph takes 12 seconds, while
the benchmark figures for mpg and emissions are unchanged for the five-door
but marginally more economical for the three-door version which posts 39.2mpg
Catering for a wider range of potential customers, the expanded 2018 Land Cruiser
range comes well equipped: the new three- and five-door Utility grade models
have 17-inch steel wheels, roof rails, front fog lights, AirCon, dusk-sensing
headlights, cruise control, smart entry and a six-speaker audio system with
CD player, Bluetooth, Aux-in and USB Port. For the record, while a six-speed
manual transmission is standard on the three-door it can also be specified for
Next up is the Active grade, a five-door available with a five- or seven-seat
interior and has 17-inch alloy wheels; it also adds rear parking sensors, dual-zone
automatic AirCon, leather steering wheel trim and the Toyota Touch 2 infotainment
system with eight-inch touchscreen and nine-speaker audio system.
The five-door, seven-seat Icon version adds a number of new features including
Toyota Safety Sense active safety systems, 19-inch alloys, leather upholstery
and heated and ventilated front seats. Also standard are LED headlights and
front fogs, an entry lighting system, rear privacy glass, rain-sensing wipers
and Toyota's Touch 2 with Go package with navigation and enhanced connectivity
up to the range-topping Invincible five-door seven-seater and you'll find-plenty
of advanced technology features to improve handling and stability both on-road
motorways its easy
to maintain an effortless
70mph cruise with little
engine or road noise
entering the very roomy
cabin. And with the
six-speed autobox (with
a manual mode and
drive), the Land Cruiser
is an accomplished
performer that despite its
size and bulk, is easy
to live with...
These include a locking Torsen rear differential, Kinetic Dynamic Suspension
System, Multi-Terrain Select and Multi-Terrain Monitor, Crawl Control, and a
360-degree Panoramic View Monitor that offers a handy under-vehicle terrain
The safety specification is further boosted by the addition of a Blind Spot
Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. More good news all versions are
covered by Toyota's five-year/100,000-mile warranty.
Whilst the majority of SUVs these days use a monocoque construction, for superior
toughness and durability the Land Cruiser mounts its body on a ladder-frame
chassis. The downside to this is the 2,125kg kerb weight Toyota's big
SUV doesn't have the same on-road handling agility and nimbleness of similar-sized
Audi Q7, Range Rover, Land Rover Discovery or BMW X5 rivals.
But with the rear electric and adaptive variable suspension fitted to the £52,855
Invincible version, ride comfort is first class even with the large 19-inch
wheels the Land Cruiser was the most accomplished vehicle I've driven for a
long time in terms of absorbing impacts from even the deepest of potholes.
However, the drawback of running with the adjustable suspension in its Comfort
mode is dulled handling on winding country roads. That noted, the Land Cruiser
is not a vehicle for speed so I was happy to enjoy the comfort, the view over
the hedgerows and, with Eco driving mode selected, an impressive 30.4mpg overall
for an extended number of my test miles.
On higher speed motorways it's easy to maintain an effortless 70mph cruise with
little engine or road noise entering the roomy cabin. Mated to the six-speed
autobox (with manual mode) and with permanent four-wheel drive, it's an accomplished
performer and despite its size and bulk, is easy to live with.
will see the Land Cruiser's large, side-hinged tailgate-cum-fifth door as a
definite 'plus' but to open it fully you do need to leave a bit more room behind
you when parking this latest Land Cruiser measures 4,840mm before you
open the rear door.
drivetrain has lots of settings that turn the Land Cruiser into a serious off-road
vehicle when needed most are operated easily by push-button switches.
They're perhaps not as intuitive as, say, the Range/Land Rover's dial-operated
multi-terrain system, but once familiar with the Toyota it works smoothly enough.
middle row of seats
is divided 40:20:40 and
these can be individually
folded flat, as can the
two third-row seats.
With all five rear
seatbacks folded down
theres a huge load
carrying area providing
up to 1,934-litres of space
even with the seats in
use theres still 621 litres
And for those planning
some hardcore hauling,
the Land Cruisers
towing capacity is a
More adventurous off-roaders can use the electronic height-adjustable suspension
system to increase the normal-running 215mm ground clearance enough to allow
700mm of wading depth.
Inside this top spec model the fit and finish and quality of upholstery and
the layout of controls is good; admittedly not as posh as a Range Rover; but
then not as expensive either. Storage spaces are numerous and there is lots
of room throughout and the seating is comfortable and supportive.
The middle row of seats is divided 40:20:40 and these can be individually folded
flat, as can the pair of third-row seats. With all the rear five seatbacks folded
down there's a huge load carrying area providing up to 1,934-litres of space
even with the seats in use there's still 621 litres for luggage!
For those planning some a hardcore hauling, the Land Cruiser's towing capacity
is a braked 3,000kg.
Overall this latest Toyota Land Cruiser is not going to be the large SUV to
meet the needs of most UK customers because, unless they really do need a hardcore,
go-anywhere 4x4 for serious off-road work and are willing to pay the high tax
costs (the first year's road tax is £1,760 then £140 + £310 supplement for five
years as the vehicle costs over £40K), it's actually too capable.
The imposingly-styled 2018 Land Cruiser get the thumbs up for its proven durability
in the harshest of motoring environments, is hugely capable off-road, comes
with a high specification including advanced road safety driving support technologies
and a very roomy interior enhanced by an unexpectedly comfortable ride. ~ David
Land Cruiser 2.8 D-4D Invincible 7-seat
Auto | £52,855
Maximum speed: 108mph | 0-62mph: 12.7 seconds | Test Average: 30.4mpg
Power: 174bhp | Torque: 331lb ft | CO2: 194g/km