Although not much changed since the last model, the '06 Amazon remains a likeable, more affordable alternative to a Range Rover, but not quite as good.

What’s new? Not a lot. The (three-bar) grille’s different, front and rear light clusters have been restyled and the Toyota badges are a bit more prominent. An auto-dimming rear mirror’s now standard, and there’s an optional new ICE system with twin-screen DVD for £2,200. Otherwise it’s the same as before, although prices are up by around £500. What’s it like? Enormous, and pretty good with it. It’s a relaxed car, the diesel’s not that quiet but makes a pleasingly powerful rumble. The ride’s compliant, steering’s only a bit vague but stability is good and it’s comfy over long distances. Interior quality’s high; particularly pretty are the ice-blue dial needles, but the wood trim’s naff and it’s no Range Rover inside. Then, it is a few grand cheaper, and it’s well equipped. Should I buy one? If you’re after an unpretentious big off-roader, then yeah, sure. A Range Rover’s better overall, but the Amazon’s still thoroughly likeable.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior
Title: Editor-at-large

Matt is Autocar’s lead features writer and presenter, is the main face of Autocar’s YouTube channel, presents the My Week In Cars podcast and has written his weekly column, Tester’s Notes, since 2013.

Matt is an automotive engineer who has been writing and talking about cars since 1997. He joined Autocar in 2005 as deputy road test editor, prior to which he was road test editor and world rally editor for Channel 4’s automotive website, 4Car. 

Into all things engineering and automotive from any era, Matt is as comfortable regularly contributing to sibling titles Move Electric and Classic & Sports Car as he is writing for Autocar. He has a racing licence, and some malfunctioning classic cars and motorbikes. 

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