Toyota Land Cruiser V8

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Overview

Probably the car that gave Red Ken more sleepless nights than anything, and you’ve got to love it for that. Utterly bulletproof luxo-truck. Peace of mind, Baghdad style.

Driving

Despite clever electronics to keep you on the road, the LC V8 remains nautical. Its unstoppable mass, slightly divorced ride quality and semaphore steering reaction make it feel more like an ocean liner.

Superb comfort is assured by the supple suspension and acres of space, plus lashings of power-assisted luxury kit to bring out the lazy in you. The air-con system is desert-spec, and has no trouble keeping all seven passengers cool.

Power comes from a 4.5-litre, twin-turbo diesel and despite weighing 2.6 tonnes the LC’s in-gear acceleration is hugely impressive and overtaking is despatched with fast saloon levels of ease.

On the inside

The interior might not have the same luxury as a Range Rover, feeling like an overgrown Avensis, but there’s a real feeling of strength and quality inside.

It’ll tow a three-and-a-half tonne trailer, so how’s that for practical? The big LC also has seven seats, most of which fold, though they do eat luggage space.

Owning

Thanks to the diesel engine it’s not shatteringly thirsty. But it is a big and complicated 4×4 and so insurance (group 19), tax and servicing will add up.