Review: Toyota Land Cruiser (2010)

Rating:

Big and tough. Good off road and good for towing. Excellent reliability record. You feel invincible.

Expensive to buy and run. Old-fashioned to drive on the road. High boot floor.

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Toyota Land Cruiser (2010): At A Glance

The Toyota Land Cruiser isn’t as plush or fancy as a Land Rover Discovery. Yet its blend of huge size, impregnable reliability and serious off-road capability make it a strong proposition for a select few. Namely those who need their car to cope year-round in remote areas and hostile weather conditions.

Only one engine choice is offered – originally a 3.0-litre D-4D it was replaced by a more economical 2.8-litre diesel in 2015. This has slightly less power with 177PS and 450Nm of torque, but is effective, albeit gruff, producing plenty of shove low down the rev range. Most variants have an auto as standard, but basic Utility versions come with a manual gearbox as standard. Official economy is just short of 40mpg with either.

For driving over challenging terrain, the Land Cruiser is very impressive indeed. Downhill assist, ride height control, a crawl function and a limited slip differential are among the off road features.

Unfortunately, its off-road prowess translates to lacklustre on road driving, with spongy suspension and ponderous steering. Driving a Land Cruiser requires a certain mindset and, if you're happy to wander along at 60mph on the motorway, it can be quite enjoyable in the same vein as a Land Rover Defender or Suzuki Jimny.

You sit high up with a commanding view, and everyone treats the Land Cruiser with respect. Visibility's pretty good, apart from when you're reversing, but that's what parking sensors (standard on Active models and up) are for.

Buyers get a choice of three- or five-door body styles. The appeal of the three-door is very limited though, especially when you consider the fact the five-door variant has two extra seats that fold up from the boot floor. The boot itself is large but very high off the ground, making it difficult to load heavy objects.

Most SUV buyers are better catered for elsewhere. German alternatives such as the Audi Q7 and BMW X5 are much, much nicer to drive with and easier to live with day-to-day if you don't wish to venture off road, while the Land Rover Discovery does a better job of combining mud-plugging ability with car-like dynamics.

If you're looking for an SUV that's more of a workhorse than a Chelsea Tractor, the Land Cruiser makes sense. Some of the interior finish is almost unforgivable for an SUV that can cost well over £50,000, but it's extremely competent off road and boasts a legendary reliability record.

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What does a Toyota Land Cruiser (2010) cost?

List Price from £35,295
Buy new from £32,025
Contract hire from £359.90 per month
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Toyota Land Cruiser (2010): What's It Like Inside?

Dimensions
Length 4395–4950 mm
Width 1885 mm
Height 1830–1890 mm
Wheelbase 2450–4335 mm

Full specifications

The colossal size of the Land Cruiser makes for a very practical and spacious cabin. The high driving position gives a great view above overgrown verges and hedgerows plus the seats are comfortable. The back row is huge, with more than enough space for adults plus there are two more occasional use seats that fold out of the boot floor, which will fit an adult at a push.

The large tailgate is side-hinged, which makes it awkward in tight parking spaces – but fortunately the glass opens separately for dropping small items in. The boot deck is very high off the ground, so is far from ideal if you often load and unload heavy objects or if you have an ageing dog that isn’t very athletic. Load volume is a massive 621 litres though.

An eight-inch infotainment system called Toyota Touch 2 is standard on all but the entry-level Utility model. It's easy to use, if not particularly slick in its design, featuring DAB radio and Bluetooth for audio streaming and phone connectivity. It doesn't have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto - a slight irritant as they're standard on the Aygo city car. Icon and Invincible models feature navigation.

Further upgrades for 2018 include a revised dashboard, front seat ventilation, rear seat heating, and automatic climate control. Don't expect even the top-spec Land Cruiser models to feel plush, though - they're comfortable, sure, but still feel very old-fashioned.

The Utility model is ultra basic, but Active models come with all the technology you could possibly need plus 17-inch alloys and bits of leather inside. Icon trim gains automatic lights and wipers, navigation, premium sound and larger 18-inch alloys, while the top Invincible trim adds an around-view camera, adaptive variable suspension, blind spot monitoring and various modes for different terrains.

Standard Equipment:

The entry-level Utility is the workhorse of the range, with 17-inch steel wheels, a radio with six-speakers, push-button start and cruise control.

Active trim comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, active traction control, trailer sway control, downhill assist control on auto & hill-start assist control on auto, eight-inch touchscreen with Toyota Touch 2 media system with 9 speakers, DAB & Bluetooth & reversing camera, leather steering wheel, gearshift & handbrake, dual-zone automatic air conditioning.

Icon adds 19-inch dark grey alloy wheels, Toyota Safety Sense including pre-collision with pedestrian detection, automatic high beam, adaptive cruise control, road sign assist & lane departure alert, front and rear parking sensors, active traction control, trailer sway control, downhill assist control on auto & hill-start assist on auto, eight-inch touchscreen with Toyota Touch® 2 Go Navigation, 9 speakers, DAB, Bluetooth & reversing camera, leather interior in 2 colour choices with Electric, heated + air-ventilated front seats and drivers lumbar support.

Invincible adds 19-inch gloss black alloys, Toyota Safety Sense including pre-collision with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert & panoramic view monitor, rear limited slip differential, multi-terrain monitor, crawl control, body angle display and off-road turn assists, 8-inch touchscreen with navigation, JBL premium audio, 14 speakers, wi-fi, DAB, Bluetooth and reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors and reverse tilting door mirrors with puddle lights.

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What's the Toyota Land Cruiser (2010) like to drive?

Various engines including a V8 diesel have been fitted to the Land Cruiser in the past, but the current model is only available with a 2.8-litre four-cylinder diesel with 177PS. It produces plenty of low down torque – 450Nm from 1600-2400rpm – so it’s ideal for towing trailers. The Land Cruiser has a braked trailer rating of 3000kg.

The engine is gruff though, making plenty of noise when accelerating and it doesn’t provide particularly impressive pace - particularly when combined with the automatic gearbox. Road and wind noise aren't too bad, but even so a Land Rover is a better bet if you cover a lot of miles on motorways or A-roads, thanks to its superior performance and quieter cabin.

The steering is ponderous and ride quality on British roads isn’t very good, since it never feels completely settled. It’s not really a driving experience that most drivers will relish. That said, it is predictable and the feeling of invincibility can be a bonus. The automatic transmission fitted to most variants is fairly smooth, but it can be a bit slow to respond when overtaking and other times it has a tendency to cling onto low gears unnecessarily.

If you need a 4x4 for real off-road work, rather than on-road driving, it’s hard to fault the Land Cruiser. It has hill descent control and a lockable centre differential as standard, plus top models have crawl control and a locking rear diff. It’s extremely capable on mud and loose surfaces, plus it can climb and descend very steep hills and cross deep water and rutted tracks with ease.

All of the various clever off-roading technologies remove any effort – just gentle throttle inputs and steering will get the Land Cruiser over most fields and hills without any real difficulty. More challenging terrain requires a few button presses and dial twists, but the technology works – not much can stop the Land Cruiser.

For drivers who spend a lot of time in harsh environments or poor weather it’s a great choice. It might not be quite as plush as rivals, but its solid reliability record and durability make it a very dependable choice and that is probably the most important thing in a tough, rural area.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
2.8 D-4D Auto 38–39 mpg 12.1–12.7 s 190–201 g/km
3.0 D-4D 35–39 mpg 10.2–12.1 s 190–214 g/km
3.0 D-4D Auto 35–38 mpg 11.0–12.7 s 194–213 g/km
V8 4.5 D-4D 30 mpg 8.9 s 250 g/km

Real MPG average for a Toyota Land Cruiser (2010)

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Average performance

79%

Real MPG

22–37 mpg

MPGs submitted

71

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What have we been asked about the Toyota Land Cruiser (2010)?

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Is there a new small SUV with selectable 4WD and a low ratio option?

Since the mid-1970s we've driven a succession of gutsy Suzuki SUVs including the original SJ410. They had manually-selectable 4WD with a low-ratio option and free-wheeling front hubs. Our current permanent 4WD Vitara just can't cut the mustard to do jobs like towing a trailer over poor ground. Is there a relatively modern/current vehicle that will, as did our previous Suzukis, meet the need?
There's the new Suzuki Jimny, which is excellent over rough terrain and features a low-ratio gearbox. It's quite light, though, so not the most capable tow vehicle, and actually finding one might be difficult - it's got a very long waiting list. Other than that, there are very few small SUVs which are capable off road. You might have to look at bigger cars - the Toyota Land Cruiser would be an excellent choice, but it's expensive. Alternatively look at a pick-up truck like the SsangYong Musso with its seven-year warranty.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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