Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Just one engine is available in the Land Cruiser - a 3.0-litre D-4D diesel that develops 188bhp along with immense amounts of pulling power from just 1,600rpm. It's a quiet engine, even on start-up, and never becomes raucous while its smooth nature makes it relaxing for motorway cruising. It has decent in-gear pace too along with a 0-62mph time of 11.7 seconds, but while it's strong, it rarely feels particularly quick. On the plus side, economy is a useful 35mpg (compared to 31mpg in the previous Land Cruiser) and a large 87-litre fuel tank means it can - in theory - travel more than 650 miles on a single tank. The standard gearbox is a five-speed automatic which delivers smooth if not especially fast changes. It does sometimes need to be provoked to kickdown, although there is a manual mode which allows you to select gears yourself. It's an ideal tow car too and can pull braked trailers up to 3,000kg - that's more than a Volvo XC90 but the Land Rover Discovery and Mitsubishi Shogun can both pull more.

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The five-speed automatic gearbox works well with the Land Cruiser’s smooth 3.0-litre turbodiesel engine, so go for this combination.

It may be a more capable off-roader than cars such as the BMW X5 or Volvo XC90, but most Land Cruisers will still spend the majority of their time on tarmac, rather than down muddy tracks. This model is more rigid than before and LC4 and LC5 models come with a sophisticated suspension system designed to minimise body roll on road. It works to a certain degree, but the Land Cruiser rarely feels agile or nimble, in fact it can be quite cumbersome in tight corners.

The steering is slow and requires more turns in corners than you'd expect. It also feels very artificial and inspires little confidence when pressing on. However, where the Land Cruiser really excels is in true off road conditions. Few 4x4s can match its ability to deal with truly rough terrain. As well as a high and low ratio gearbox, plus a limited slip differential, there are several clever off road systems including Multi-terrain Select (MTS) on LC5 models.

This has four modes depending on the ground - loose rock, mud and sand, rock and mogul. The latter is ideal if you're not sure what terrain you will be coming across.