2011 Lexus LX 570 | road test

Posted on Dec 26, 2010 by

The LX 570 is based on the Toyota Land Cruiser

AT A GLANCE FOR

  • Comfortable and practical
  • Good credentials
  • Five-year warranty

AGAINST

  • Unremarkable on-road
  • Expensive
  • Not as premium as we’d like

SUMMARYThis full-size SUV is based on the Toyota Land Cruiser and is exactly what you’d expect from ’ interpretation. It’s very similar in looks but gets upgrades in interior quality. This is no bad thing, with the Toyota renowned for its off-road performance and holding a huge fan base in the Middle East. On road we found it unremarkable – comfortable and well made but not as premium an offering or as technically adept as the Range Rover. The LX 570 is perfectly solid in all areas, but not great – it’s a by numbers. For most people, a more luxurious Land Cruiser will be more than enough but we were hoping for a fraction more.

The LX 570’s 5.7-litre V8 makes for brisk progress

PERFORMANCE The 5.7-litre V8 engine is powerful and refined but not as creamy as the 5.0-litre offering from Land Rover. It’s certainly not bad though, with plenty of boot to it and six-speed automatic gearbox that reacts quickly when you put your foot down. Acceleration isn’t scintillating when compared to the Range Rover or the Nissan Patrol, but it’s brisk enough for everyday use. HANDLING AND RIDEThe handling isn’t bad when looking at the LX 570 on its own merits, but again it’s put in the shade by the agile Range Rover. It’s big and heavy and feels it. The steering is a good weight and gives a good idea of what’s going on at the front wheels and it will go around corners well for its size.

Land Cruiser heritage gives the big Lexus some serious off-road credibility

The suspension is soft and veers towards the wallowy side, with more pitching and yawing than we’d like. It’s absolutely fine for everyday around town use and soaks up bumps beautifully, but don’t go throwing it into corners, even if the in-cabin dial is twisted from Comfort to Sport. Sporty it ain’t. We didn’t have the chance to try the big Lexus off-road, but we’d be confident that it would be as able as the Land Cruiser is. It’s equipped with crawl control (a sort of off-road cruise control) COMFORTThe interior is a pleasant design and has a premium overall feel to it, but there are patches of grey plastic that drag things down a bit. The leather, wood and the build quality is all excellent though.

The interior is spacious and comfortable, but not as premium as we expect from Lexus

The seats are very comfortable and we’d have no concerns about racking up the kilometres in them. PRACTICALITY The LX 570 is a very large car, so there’s loads of room inside for up to seven, with five main seats and some jump seats in the boot. With the jump seats folded there’s a good amount of boot space and the second row folds flat for extra transportation space if needed. There’s lots of space to keep things, including a fridge under the centre armrest in the front, cupholders and door pockets. FEATURESThere’s a decent amount of tech in the LX 570, including an auxiliary input socket for MP3 players and a good sat nav system. We reckon Lexus make some of the more useable systems available today and we particularly like the ‘breadcrumbs’ feature than lets you leave a visual trail of where you’ve been – very useful when off-roading.

The cool box in the centre armrest is great for chilling drinks when in the desert

Variable ride height enables the suspension to be raised or lowered for off-road use. Other features include a sunroof, cooled seats (and heated, if you like) and a DVD player, as well as front and rear parking sensors, dynamic cruise control and a hardcore climate control system with a mammoth 28 separate air vents in four passenger zones. SAFETYThe LX 570 comes as standard with ABS, EBD and Brake Assist, as well as VDIM (vehicle dynamics integrated management) which comprises traction control, vehicle stability control and electronically controlled brakes. It also comes with front, side and curtain airbags, as well as knee airbags for the driver. No crash test information for the LX 570 was available at the time of writing.

The Lexus seems pricey when compared to its rivals

COSTS Starting at 357,000AED, the LX 570 is considerably pricier than the top-spec Land Cruiser (264,000AED) upon which it is based. It’s also more expensive than the Infiniti QX (310,000AED for the top-spec model), which is based on the Land Cruiser’s big rival, the Nissan Patrol – a machine that we think is superior to the Toyota. With that in mind, the LX 570 starts to look rather pricey. It’s slightly more expensive too than the Range Rover HSE (335,000), which is a better performing vehicle, but not as big. The official fuel economy figure for the LX 570 is 19.6 litre per 100km in the city and 13l/100km on the highway. It has a 93-litre fuel tank. Lexus offers an impressive five-year, unlimited mileage warranty on the LX 570. 2011 570 Engine: 5.7-litre V8 Max power (bhp/rpm): 383/5,600 Max torque (Nm/rpm): 547/3,600 Transmission: Six-speed automatic Driven wheels: Four-wheel drive Kerb weight: 2,717kg Price (AED): 357,000

One Response to 2011 Lexus LX 570 | road test

  1. Deepunayak Reply

    September 22, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Nice post, the 2011 Lexus LX 570 offers a remarkable combination of around town civility and off road capability

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