Toyota Land Cruiser 200
The mighty Land Cruiser 200 lies at the pinnacle of the Toyota 4x4 range, an example of what is possible.
Every month the Land Cruiser 200 quietly sells around 100 units – no mean feat for a very large vehicle priced at well over R1 million. That accounts for about a third of the market segment sales. Managing to achieve this sort of sales record consistently speaks of the esteem the LC 200 is held in, and the value placed on its enviable track record.
Where many big SUVs will spend their entire lives mounting kerbs and exploring mall parking lots, the Land Cruiser 200 series is frequently used to the full extent of its capabilities. And what capabilities they are!
A rugged and dependable ladder-frame chassis and a powerful V8 turbodiesel engine form the basis of the LC 200, while a permanent 4x4 system complete with low-range transfer case and combined with 230mm of ground clearance means that it is suited for tackling even the roughest of stuff. Off-road electronic driver assistance systems include Multi-Terrain Select (switchable off-road driving modes) on the VX model, Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) and Crawl Control, the result being a vehicle that is as comfortable where there is no road as it is on the highway.
The LC 200 is a car with two characters. While at its core it is tough and unyielding, it is able to put this rugged adventuring persona behind it and play the role of civilised man-about-town. The VX model in particular is comfortable to the point of opulence, with vast leather-upholstered seats that verge on armchairs as well as third row of seats for the larger family. Cruise control (adaptive on the VX model) is standard, as is automatic air conditioning and an audio system with Bluetooth.
In terms of safety systems, the VX model comes with tyre pressure monitor, Pre-Crash System, Blind Spot Monitor and a Lane Keeping System, while both the GX-R and VX come fitted with Active Traction Control ABS braking with Brake Assist and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Vehicle Stability Control and Hill Assist Control. Both models also feature curtain, knee, front and side airbags.
The 4.5 litre, 32-valve DOHC V8 produces a maximum power output of 195kW and torque of 650Nm, available between 1600 and 2600rpm. It is a mammoth engine that perfectly suits the vast vehicle it powers, with plenty of low-end grunt for the hard yards and effortless power for the open road. A six-speed automatic gearbox is used on both models, while the claimed average fuel consumption of 10.2L/100km allows for a range of approximately 1300km from the 138-litre fuel tanks.
As the grandest of Toyota’s 4x4s, the mighty Land Cruiser 200 is priced from R1 064 900 for the GX-R and R1 463 500 for the VX model, which includes a 9-services/90 000km service plan (intervals are pegged at 12 months/10 000km) and 3-year/100 000km warranty.
Monstrous off-road ability
Brilliant resale value