Would anyone dispute the credentials of Toyota’s LandCruiser as an off-road vehicle?
With over half a century of R&D behind it, the LandCruiser range has rightfully built a reputation for tough-as-nails capability.
That’s not all. Get behind the wheel of the range-topping LandCruiser Sahara, and we don’t think anyone would dispute that this interior is an extremely pleasant place to be.
Toyota’s recently updated, giant, LandCruiser Sahara V8 twin-turbo diesel has made a special effort with the interior of its most expensive car.
There’s wood-grain finish to the steering wheel and centre console surrounds, leather seats and a quality fit and finish all-round.
It is also limousine-quiet... but with a difference. Plant the accelerator and you’ll be reminded with a deep rounded growl of what is nestled under the bonnet.
Our only gripe about the interior is the interior light switch in the front. It isn’t in an obvious location and is awkward to find.
Comfort: What do you get for all those extra dollars the Sahara demands? Comfort in spades.
There’s lashings of leather on the generously-wide heated and cooled electric seats with three memory settings for the driver, electric adjustable steering column, drinks chiller in the centre console, and two-way sun visors.
And, despite the acreage of space inside, the steering column automatically retracts as you turn the ignition off to ease entry and exit.
Equipment: The Sahara also comes with four-zone climate-control, cruise-control, moon-roof, sat-nav, Bluetooth, USB port, remote control DVD player with drop-down screen in the rear, keyless entry, several cameras and a centre console compartment capable of chilling drinks.
There is even a good old-fashioned cigarette lighter and ashtray!
Storage: Big? There are vast expanses of floor and cargo space - the back section alone offers 1276 litres of luggage space.
All of the rear seats are reasonably easy to fold down or remove but even with the second row of seats in place, the luggage area is still enormous. There are also ample cupholders and storage pockets.
ON THE ROAD
Driveability: The engine is an obvious standout; a 4.5 litre, twin-turbo V8 diesel with 195kW of power. It is effortless on road, and capable of a surprising turn of speed.
Such is its grunt that towing - as attested by waves of nomads - barely taxes its power reserves.
The Sahara can easily trundle along at highway speeds in top gear, using the enormous 650Nm of torque to maintain momentum.
We must make mention here of the Sahara’s sheer size. It’s long, wide, heavy and tall, and on narrow multi-lane roads it pretty much consumes the entire lane.
Refinement: On the freeway, cruising along in sixth gear at low RPM is as relaxing as in any long-wheelbase sedan. There is minimal tyre noise and the V8 diesel is barely noticeable when not working hard.
Overall, despite that diesel in the nose and workhorse origins, noise, vibration and harshness, all those things that wear you down on a long drive, are very well damped
Whether through grassy plains, creek crossings, over fallen branches, and across moguls; at no point is the four-wheel-drive system seriously challenged.
Tackling a rocky climb is simply a matter of letting the V8 diesel idle up and over in first gear.
The width of the Sahara makes for a few tight spots when negotiating narrow tracks; the electric folding mirrors came in handy at that point.
In low-range 4WD, the Sahara gives the driver a choice of five driving modes; rock, rock and dirt, mogul, loose rock and finally mud and sand. Wherever you find yourself, it is effortless in either.
Standard features include ten airbags (including driver’s and front passenger’s knee airbags), ABS brakes with brake force distribution and brake assist, traction and stability control, three-point seatbelts and adjustable head restraints for all seats, plus height-adjustable belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters for front seats
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