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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Sluggish performance

There’s only one engine choice for the Land Cruiser and it’s a 3.0-litre turbodiesel with 182bhp and 420Nm of shove at 3000rpm. With the popular five-speed automatic gearbox instead of the base model’s six-speed manual, the Land Cruiser needs 11.7 seconds to get from 0-62mph, though it feels like longer as the engine growls away under the bonnet.

On the move, the engine feels even more sluggish and the Toyota is not a car for swift overtaking manoeuvres. Nor is very agile on twisty roads, emphasising the car’s bulk. However, it does come with a large fuel tank that means it can travel vast distances before you need set tyres on forecourt to fill up.

In 2012 a new version of the Land Cruiser V8 was introduced. It features a revised 4.5-litre V8 petrol engine, more off-road technology, sat-nav, Bluetooth connectivity, a rear-view camera, a heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, 20-inch alloy wheels and a powered upper tailgate.

Read on for our full and comprehensive Toyota Land Cruiser review.