Toyota Land Cruiser Prado VX – CARmag.co.za

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Toyota Land Cruiser

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The concept of a luxury vehicle serious off-road capability has seemed a bit silly to me#8230;Why any well-heeled owner choose to his sumptuous and expensive machine by it to the rigours of bundu bashing?

the new Toyota Land Cruiser , which provides a level of suitable to one of the market#8217;s most nameplates. I wasn#8217;t won over by the of the previous Prado, which had long in the tooth by the time its arrived for this week#8217;s launch at the West Coast, but new one has chest hair, albeit a trimmed tuft mostly by a tightly-fitting Amos Longfellow

There is something refreshingly about the squared off edges of the including the upright trapezoidal chunky grille and robust Even the rear light seem to have been on top of one another like the Choice cookie tins one tends to see on at major supermarkets just Christmas#8230;

From behind the wheel, the has access to virtually all the modern of a luxury saloon, including leather seats and steering (with memory functions), and heated side mirrors, headlamps with pop-out front-, side- and reverse cameras, a 14 speaker sound satellite navigation and keyless and start.

Heck, there is a minder mirror to keep an eye on the on the second row of seats, the latter of can slide forward to free up legroom for the third row of passengers, or fold forward for extra space. The two-seater third row forward and electrically folds into the floor at the push of a #8211; either on the inside of the on the left side of the vehicle or at the of the luggage bay.

Therefore, the Prado can either as a seven seater with luggage room, a five-seater a luggage cover, or a capacious van when you and your partner to go away on a less-than-basic camping

Hmm, but before I create the that the Prado is a willing and demure MPV #8211; a role it arguably fulfil for the majority of its #8211; let me stress that its Cruiser underpinnings aren#8217;t there for show.

The media launch of the Prado a challenging off-road course at the Tafelberg farm on the West and provided seasoned off-road (my peers) and decidedly part-time exponents (yours truly) an to see what the Prado can do off the beaten After all, the 4#215;4 isn#8217;t known as the #8220;Defender and set#8221; without reason.

In of on-road performance, both and diesel versions of the Prado VX from increased power The steering feel has been improved and even though I find the low-speed ride a bit medium to high-speed stability and comfort levels are good and the effective, if a trifle sharp.

Having said that, the Dynamic Suspension and Multi-Terrain systems really come to the when Prado is put to task in conditions. Yes, the suspension buttons are frustratingly obscured by the wheel column and located low in front of the driver#8217;s left And, should one want to different modes for the terrain system, you need to scroll a menu displayed on the instrument by using a toggle on the steering (instead of a knob in the centre

However, the Crawl and downhill systems not only help to the chances of getting stuck and being done to vehicles in the conditions, they also off-road novices the opportunity to on their driving inputs and control. Yes, I got stuck in sand with the Prado on occasions (the first one was a doozy!), but each time the was with my driving technique not the vehicle.

On a demanding course which out several experienced drivers, I sandy and rocky paths and without too much drama a little verbal guidance a former colleague). Steep or descents? No problem, just things easy#8230; and the same for rock crawling, when best to imagine the vehicle#8217;s wheels as your hands and and tackle each obstacle as one or rut at a time. At the end, I finished the at the wheel of a Prado with a etched on my face#8230;

And that, to me, is the attribute of the new Prado#8230; Many argue that it is unlikely many of the Prado#8217;s brethren ever see as much off-road as the Prados on the media launch But then that is somewhat the point. This new model rate as one of the finest combinations of vehicle and 4#215;4.

Many of its rivals pride on their on-road sophistication and quality (with a mere nod to off-road capability), and others plenty of off-road cred, but back that up with quality and/or on-road Cheap it may not be, but the Prado VX is well-quipped, built and moreover, eminently

I really don#8217;t see how anyone ever want a bigger, luxurious SUV unless to make a statement of their status in

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