It’s a shame Toyota is bringing only fully loaded Land Cruisers into the UK. A basic version would be more in keeping with the car’s tough, go-anywhere nature. But on a spec-for-spec basis the V8 offers good value against obvious rivals, and it should hold on to its value very well.
That said, the rising cost of CO2-focused taxation is set to strike cars like this disproportionately hard.
Standard-fit equipment is exceptional, with hill descent control, anti-whiplash front seats, four-zone climate control, reversing camera, sat-nav and Bluetooth just some of the highlights. The options list has only two entries, a premium audio system and metallic paint.
Fuel economy is also likely to disappoint you. We couldn’t get anywhere near Toyota’s claimed 27.7mpg. Indeed, in our experience you’ll be lucky to average more than 20mpg. CO2 emissions are rated at 270g/km, which attracts a band M tariff.
Officially, the Land Cruiser V8 will haemorrhage more value than the Mercedes ML420 CDI and Range Rover TDV8 HSE, but relative rarity and a small, but passionate band of followers gives the V8 some impressive residuals, shedding around £10,000 in the first year of ownership – although if you can persuade Toyota to sell you one in United Nations white, don’t expect the used values to hold up quite as well.