Toyota Land Cruiser

Invincible 7-seats

2.8 diesel automatic

Toyota Land Cruiser Invincible, 2022, rear seats
Toyota Land Cruiser Invincible, 2022, interior
Toyota Land Cruiser Invincible, 2022, front, upright
Toyota Land Cruiser Invincible, 2022, front
Toyota Land Cruiser Invincible, 2022, nose
Toyota Land Cruiser Invincible, 2022, side
Toyota Land Cruiser Invincible, 2022, rear
Toyota Land Cruiser Invincible, 2022, tail
Toyota Land Cruiser Invincible, 2022, boot

GIVE a vehicle the spec name Invincible and it has an awful lot to live up to - thankfully that vehicle is the go-anywhere Toyota Land Cruiser so the tagline is spot on.

This five-door model with all the off-road ability to take on any expedition looks as tough as they come with rugged styling, but also features all the creature comforts we demand in vehicles these days.

Powered by a 2.8-litre diesel engine delivering 201bhp and 500Nm of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission, the Land Cruiser has quite a road presence.

There are side steps for easy access and grab handles to complete the job of getting into the cab.

Other chunky design cues include a muscular upright stance, 19-inch alloy wheels, a distinctive grille housing the Toyota emblem, sweeping front light clusters, mudguards, smoked tail lights, tinted windows, roof rails, puddle lamps and a huge side-hinged rear door.

The Land Cruiser, costing £57,550, has seven-seat versatility and the rear duo of seats fold flat to the boot floor and can be raised at the press of a button when needed.

Comfort levels are impressive with enough space for five adults to stretch out with the trio of second row passengers enjoying plenty of head, leg and shoulder room.

Up front, there are all manner of techno treats to explore, including Toyota Touch 2 with Go that introduces full navigation, voice activation, smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a 14-speaker JBL sound system and Wi-Fi connectivity.

There is triple-zone climate control, a rear-view camera with front and rear parking sensors which is essential in a vehicle stretching over 4.8 metres in length, plus comfortable powered seats with upmarket leather upholstery. The seats can be heated or ventilated and the steering wheel can also be warmed up against the winter chill.

When it comes to performance, the Land Cruiser is not the most refined, so expect to hear a little engine and wind noise on faster roads. It is, however, very capable and deceptively agile for its size.

The acceleration through the automatic gearbox is smooth enough and there are paddles for added driver engagement, along with drive modes called Comfort/Eco, Normal and Sport.

Despite weighing in at 2.4 tonnes, this vehicle can power its way from 0-62mph in 9.9 seconds and maxes out at 108mph. That's pretty impressive for a model with all the off-road settings to tackle any terrain.

The ground clearance can be raised or lowered and there are high and low range settings for more challenging experiences. It can also tow a trailer or caravan weighing up to three tonnes.

Although we didn't venture far from the Tarmac apart from some driving across sand, the Land Cruiser is a very capable vehicle for day-to-day use. It's well balanced through quieter lanes and with elevated seating, the driver visibility across the hedgerows is excellent.

There is plenty of zip for quick bursts of pace and it cruises effortlessly at 70mph on motorways. Fuel economy for such a large vehicle is not too bad with a combined 27.7-29.4mpg and carbon emissions from 250g/km.

And with practicality in mind, the Land Cruiser is perfect for a holiday with ample room for all the family and plenty of luggage. The boot, accessed via the rear door, can hold 190 litres of luggage with all seven seats in use, increasing to 1,270 litres with the seats in rows two and three dropped flat.

Elsewhere, there is a lockable glovebox, chilled cubby bin, front and rear cup holders, deep door pockets, a sunnies holder, seat back nets and lots of handy trays.

The vehicle is packed with safety kit, such as a pre-collision system with pedestrian and cyclist detection, intelligent adaptive cruise control, road sign assist, lane departure alert, lane trace assist, automatic high beam, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert and lots more besides.

There are also a number of safety features for 4x4 ventures, including crawl control.

FAST FACTS

Toyota Land Cruiser Invincible 7-seats 2.8 diesel automatic

Price:£57,550

Mechanical:201bhp, 2,755cc, 4-cylinder, diesel-driven engine with 6-speed automatic transmission and AWD

Max Speed:108mph

0-62mph:9.9 seconds

Combined MPG:29.4

Insurance Group:38

C02 emissions:250g/km

Bik rating:37%

Warranty:3yrs/60,000 miles

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