Good Enough, But Not The Class Leader.
The Toyota land Cruiser is good in performance but not exceptional one.
With go any-where ability the Toyota Land Cruiser is a good option to choose. Its bulky and strong built makes it an impressive four-by-four, but there are some exceptional models which are of its class but far ahead from the Toyota land Cruiser in durability, performance, fuel consumption, luxury and refinements such as Range Rover, Audi Q7, Mercedes GLE and impressive Mitsubishi Shogun.
The Toyota Land Cruiser in a bird’s eye view.
The Toyota as a manufacturer has focused just on its durability and toughness, but the Land Cruiser is not as luxurious as its rivals are. Without expensive and luxurious features, this big SUV stands behind from its competent rivals.
It is considered as the best off-road vehicle, but in town driving and motorway cruising it gives a harsh and rough driving experience. The Land Cruiser is a large SUV but it is not as roomy and spacious as it seems to be, you can feel little bit disappointment from its interior space.
Overall driving performance.
The Toyota Land Cruiser offers not a good driving experience as we find in Land Rover or other vehicles of this class. The steering-wheel is not as supportive as it should be for a big vehicle like Land Cruiser.
Though it is a four-by-four vehicle but not comfortable as we think. Limited engine range is not sufficient for this big and heavy vehicle. The noise problem is still there. While cruising on motorway you feel not comfortable because of bumpy suspensions.
The Toyota Land Cruiser Diesel engine range.
The 2.8litre D-4D diesel engine is available with 174bhp and 332lb/ft torque. It is an entry-level version and takes 12.3 seconds to get rom0-62m/h. the maximum speed of this engine is also not impressive with 109m/h. The fuel economy is affordable with 38m/g and Co2 emissions are 194g/km. It is fitted with six-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive unit as standard.
The 3.0litre D-4D engine with five-speed automatic transmission.
The 3.0litre D-4D diesel engine with 170bhp and 302lb/ft torque. It is also the sluggish one and takes 11.3 seconds to reach from 0-62m/h with top speed of 109m/h. The fuel average is just 34m/g and emissions are 214g/km. This engine is equipped with five-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive unit.
With 190bhp and 310lb/ft torque, the 3.0litre D-4D takes 10.6 seconds to get from 0-62m/h with top speed of 109m/h. The fuel average is 34m/g and emissions are 213g/km. This version is also fitted with five-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive unit as standard.
The 4.5litre D-4D V8 is comparatively strong diesel engine.
This is eight-cylinder engine which is capable of 268bhp and 479lb/ft torque. Though it is the fastest and most powerful engine in the whole engine lineup, but not brisk in performance. It takes 8.6 seconds to reach from 0-62m/h with top speed of 130m/h. This version is thirsty one and gives only 29m/g of fuel average with 250g/km of Co2 emissions. This version is available with six-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive unit.