2014 Toyota Land Cruiser | new car review

Posted on Nov 27, 2013 by
Toyota Land Cruiser
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AEDAED 185,000 - 307,000
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  • Interior
    Editor: 75%
  • Exterior
    Editor: 85%
  • Quality
    Editor: 70%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 90%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 75%

Review Summary:

The is a common sight all over the UAE. It is the Mr. Dependable of not just the Toyota range, but all SUV’s on the market today. Its modest styling and powerful engine range makes it the ideal car for both on and pursuits.

Pros

Good looking inside and out

Cons

Too much plastic in the interior

Looks

The Land Cruiser underwent several styling tweaks over the last few years, and each time the car looks that little bit better. Although the Land Rover is arguably better looking, the Land Cruiser looks like it has more in the trousers department. Despite the fact that I have criticised other Toyotas for being too plain, the Land Cruiser somehow works as a simple design. On profile it looks big in all the right places, and the headlamps tessellate neatly with the grille. The back is complemented with a sleek spoiler that just gives it the right amount of sporting credential.

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Headlight

Feels

If I were to criticise one thing about the car, it would be that there is too much plastic in the interior. The passenger side of the dashboard is void of anything interesting other than a large slab of rounded plastic. It runs along the inside of the doors as well. The fascia where the multimedia system sits is arranged very smartly and the seats offer a great amount of support. Again, like others in Toyota’s portfolio, a lot of the buttons and switches are very dated.

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser interior

Engineering

Mid-range models come with a multimedia and navigation system that is supposedly excellent. The Land Cruiser also comes with an advanced transmission which will optimise how the torque of the engine is transferred to the drive; the ideal tool for proper off-roading. The Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System is also on offer, which will enhance comfort when tackling rough terrain. A third row of seats can also be added in the back, resulting in capacity for eight people.

What’s on offer?

The Land Cruiser comes with three engine types: 4.0, 4.6, and 5.7 litres. The 4.0 model ranges between AED 185,000 and AED 226,000, whereas the 4.6 ranges between AED 243,000 and AED 282,000. The 5.7 litre V8 VXR model begins at a staggering AED 307,000, but with that you get 362bhp and a lot of goodies. The basic 4.0 litre model emits 271bhp and comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox. It will drag you from 0-100kp/h in 11 seconds, whereas the 5.7 will deal with it in 7.

Summing it…

The Land Cruiser is very much a standard issue car in the UAE, it is arguably a must-have tool should you have any off-road inclinations. It is still supremely popular amongst those of an off-road disposition, and will remain that way for a long time to come. Owning one will keep you in the crowd on the safe middle-ground. Ultimately the Land Cruiser has a strong, reliable history, and it reaffirms that it is a car up to any job, any size, any time.

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