2018 Toyota LandCruiser 200 GXL V8 D4D Review

Toyota LandCruiser GXL V8 Road Test

2017 Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series GXLToyota has had unprecedented success with its LandCruiser range over the years and the Landcruiser GXL V8 diesel is probably the most popular of the range. It sits in the middle of the offerings, with some, not definitely not all, of the bling with more comfort that the base model.

Sometimes in this job you get surprised, not often mind you. Last week I had the LandCruiser 200 series GXL on test.

Now I have driven plenty of LandCruisers before but this is the latest version and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.

Let me state upfront that I am an ardent fan of the big off road beast having owned a few of them and one of our writers owns an old 80 series that is a weapon off road. So having declared this I was still surprised.

2017 Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series GXL

Toyota Landcruiser GXL Exterior

Most noticeably on the exterior changes are the

  • new grille,
  • projector halogen headlamps,
  • bumper, bonnet and fenders at the front,
  • LED low-beam headlamps with auto-levelling (static),
  • LED clearance lamps,
  • roof rails and
  • a restyled rear that includes LED tail lamps.

Thankfully the designers have got rid of the protruding glass that was a nightmare off road. The bonnet scoops are interesting and subtly reminds you of the hulking V8 beneath.

The style seems to make the LandCruiser smaller than it actually is.

Toyota Landcruiser GXL Interior

The interior on the GXL now has soft touch padding around the centre console in areas that come in direct contact with occupants’ legs.

I’m not really a fan of the fabric seats as they tend to stick to clothing but are comfortable over the long run.

There is however an electronic lumbar support that increases comfort. I actually prefer the vinyl style if I can’t have leather.

2017 Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series GXL

The driver has a commanding view both internally and externally. The lower front bonnet really helps with tyre placement, rear visibility is great with the reversing camera and the external rear view mirrors are amongst the best in the business.

The indicator, washer and cruise control stalks are visible behind the steering wheel as well.

The dash is clear and easy to read with two large white on black dials and transmission selector in between. One thing I did miss is the distance to empty calculator.

The height and reach adjustable steering is thick and feels good in the hands and allows you to feel the road transmitted through, with more direct response, not vague like previous models.

The centre stack again is easy to understand but on the model I tested the touch screen was a pain as it required a hard push sometimes 2 or 3 pushes and not soft touch.

Centre console is tidy and the 4WD controls are a breeze to use. The GXL does have Sat Nav which is a bonus. There is no Apple CarPlay® and Android® Auto

There is plenty of head room, leg room for the taller drivers and everything is neatly packaged. By far the best interior on a LandCruiser ever.

The middle row of seats will sit 3 in comfort and with the low floor over the transmission tunnel, foot room is great.

The third row will seat 3 passengers that don’t mind their knees around their chest. There are A/C outlets in the rear seats with dual zone controls for the front.

Boot space is compromised by the ridiculous fold up third row seats, seriously guys this is antiquated. Serious tourers will remove them immediately.

2017 Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series GXL

Toyota Landcruiser GXL Features

Some of the key features of the GXL are:

  • Aluminium side steps
  • Smart Entry and Start
  • Dual Zone Climate Control
  • Reversing Camera[B4]
  • 6.1” Touchscreen display, MP3 compatibility[G5], DAB radio functionality[B3], Satellite Navigation[N1], Bluetooth®[B5]connectivity and 6 speakers
  • 1 x 12V accessory connector and 220V rear accessory connector
  • LED low beam headlamps with standard auto-levelling and LED clearance lamp

2017 Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series GXL

Toyota Landcruiser GXL Engine and Drivetrain

The diesel engine has been slightly upgraded now producing power of 200kW @ 3,600rpm and torque of 650Nm coming in at an early 1,600rpm.

That type of torque delivery makes for very relaxed highway driving, easy towing, controlled off road driving and surprising take off in the city. For its few shortcomings like oil usage,

I love this engine and struggle to understand why anyone looking at this type of vehicle would buy a petrol V8.

2017 Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series GXL

This power is delivered through a smooth and robust electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission.  It also runs full time 4WD with low range when needed.

Fuel consumption has improved as well with combined cycle fuel consumption now just 9.5 litres/100km. Along with the addition of a particulate filter, CO2 emissions have improved to 250 grams/litre.

There isn’t any need to talk about the LandCruiser’s off road ability or towing ability.

Both are excellent.

The surprise in mentioned earlier was in how well behaved the near on 3 tonne vehicle was on the road. I took the GXL out to the farm and on the hilly twisty Bells Line of Road it took to the road like a vehicle weighing much less. There was no need to tame the beast!

Don’t mistake my surprise to take it that the GXL was a sport car, but it gripped the road, showed little body roll and the powerful V8 diesel sat in the torque band for a fun driving experience. It was surprisingly nimble for a beast.

Out on the highway west of Lithgow it was remarkably quiet with very little wind or road noise, cruised between 100 and 120kmh without effort and I arrived relaxed and was comfortable throughout.

This is the GXL not the Sahara. I could actually see myself owning one of these again.

Toyota Landcruiser GXL Safety

Safety is a feature with the 200 Series having a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.

Features include:

  • seven airbags,
  • vehicle stability and active traction control,
  • multi-terrain anti-skid brakes,
  • hill-start assist control,
  • trailer sway control,
  • An emergency brake signal.

It does miss out on a number of the newer extra safety features though.

Toyota Landcruiser GXL Summary

The Landcruiser does have some shortcomings. Amongst these are a low load capacity with two or three passengers on board, slightly excessive oil usage for the turbo diesel engine, spare tyre underneath where it can be scraped over rocks and fold up rear seats.

These pale into insignificance compared to the benefits of a powerful and economical diesel engine, awesome 4WD and towing ability, outstanding outback touring ability and comfort.

The LandCruiser 200 series still is the yardstick by which all other large off road 4WD’s are measured. Having driven the GXL I am looking forward to the Sahara and actually considering buying one again.
2017 Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series GXL

What’s Good:

  • Powerful diesel engine
  • Smooth ride & handling
  • Towing & 4WD ability

What’s Not:

  • Underslung spare tyre
  • No DTE reading
  • Fold up rear seats

Model   Toyota LC200 GXL V8 D4D

  • Model Price $96,200 RDAP
  • Engine 5L V8 D4D
  • Drivetrain 6 Sp AT 4WD
  • Power 200kW @ 3,600rpm
  • Torque 650Nm @ 1,600rpm
  • Safety S Star ANCAP
  • CO2 297g/km
  • Economy actual 5L/100 km ADR
  • Servicing Capped Price
  • Tow Rating Max 3,5000kg
  • Tow Ball Rating 350kg
  • Warranty 3 Yrs. / 100,000 km 3 Yrs. Roadside Assist

Overall AnyAuto Rating:       87/100

  • Behind the Wheel 9
  • Comfort        8
  • Equipment        8
  • Practicality        9
  • Performance        8
  • Ride & Handling        8
  • Fit for Purpose        9
  • Towing Ability        10
  • Off Road Ability 10
  • Value for Money 8
Toylta Landcruiser 200 Series GXL V8 Review
  • Rating


The LandCruiser 200 series still is the yardstick by which all other large off road 4WD’s are measured. Having driven the GXL I am looking forward to the Sahara and actually considering buying one again.

About Rob Fraser 1996 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.