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Land Rover Discovery Vs Toyota Land Cruiser

Land Rover Discovery Vs Toyota Land Cruiser

The Land Rover Discovery or the Toyota Land Cruiser – which should you buy? Which is the best?

For years, these two machines have gone head to head and there has never been a clear winner. Both cars have their following and each brand their devotees. Let’s take a look at each to find out which is the best:

Land Rover Discovery Vs Toyota Land Cruiser

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Style

Style is completely subjective and what I like might be completely different to what you like. In my opinion however, the Toyota Land Cruiser is better looking than the Land Rover Discovery. It looks meaner and more purposeful, sitting taller and slightly wider to command more road presence.

The Discovery is still good looking though, in a more subtle way.

Winner: Toyota Land Cruiser.

Engines

The Land Rover Discovery is available with one engine – a 3.0-litre SDV6. The Toyota Land Cruiser is only available with one engine too – a 3.0-litre four-cylinder. The Toyota will return 34.9 miles per gallon combined and the Land Rover 35.3 mpg.

In terms of performance, the Discovery will go from 0 – 60 in 8.8 seconds and the Land Cruiser 11 seconds. It needs to be well maintained and serviced (click here) to keep its optimum performance.

Winner: Land Rover Discovery.

Towing

The maximum towing capacity of the Toyota Land Cruiser is 3,000kg while for the Land Rover Discovery it’s 3,500kg. According to Farnell Land Rover, a Land Rover tow bar costs £510 and for a Land Cruiser £650.

Winner: Land Rover Discovery

Off-road

Both the Discovery and Land Cruiser are exceptional off-roaders. Each has a raft of electronics to boost off-road performance and both have adjustable air suspension, hill decent control, and low-range gearing options. Each also has rear and centre differential locks.

Overall, both these cars as capable as each other off-road. The Discovery’s controls are a little easier to use than the Toyota’s, but on the limit, I suspect the Land Cruiser might be able to better the Discovery.

Verdict: Draw.

Inside

Inside is where you’re going to spend all of your time so it’s important that the interior is of a good quality and all controls and switchgear are satisfying to use. The Discovery’s interior is a little dated now compared to a Range Rover, but it’s easily as good as the Toyota’s. Each car has an equal amount of luxury and cheap plastics and both share an excellent driving position.

One area where the Land Cruiser blows the Discovery away is the third-row seats. The Toyota has an electrically folding row that’s a little more spacious and comfortable. For that reason, the Cruiser wins this round.

Verdict: Toyota Land Cruiser.

Overall

Both the Land Rover Discovery and Toyota Land Cruiser are capable off-roaders and family cars.

Counting through our tests, the result of this match is a draw, with the Discovery benefiting from stronger engines and a higher towing capacity but the Land Cruiser fights back with more style and a better interior. You might also want to check out the reliability of both cars to see which has the most satisfaction as rated by users.

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How your car can save YOU money

Cars are one of life’s biggest conundrums; the vast majority of us rely on them to make our daily lives easier and more efficient, yet owning one can be REALLY expensive!  Fuel, maintenance costs, insurance and tax all make a big dent in your finances.

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However, it is relatively easy to turn your vehicle into a financial asset rather than a drain and many motorists are turning vital journeys into moneymaking opportunities.

Get a better deal on finance and insurance

Gone are the days of having to ring or visit several financial institutions or insurance providers to get a quote on car finance or insurance before comparing them to get the best deal.  Now it is quick, easy and convenient to check a wide range of car insurance quotes at Captain Compare, or other insurance/finance comparison sites.

All you need to do is enter a few basic details about you and your vehicle and quotes from several different providers will be returned at the click of a button.  You could be saving huge amounts of money today!

Sell advertising space

A new and little known phenomenon known as ‘vehicle wrapping’ is set to be huge this year. Taxis and buses do it, so why not your car?

The first step to this moneymaking opportunity is to actually get the ad onto your car.  The company you sign up to will usually get this done for you by applying an adhesive ‘wrap’ all over the bodywork of your car. They are specially designed to be added and removed without any damage to the paintwork and could actually help protect your car against UV rays, corrosion and light scratches.

Companies prefer to advertise on newer, well-maintained vehicles and you’ll be required to keep the car clean and in good condition whilst displaying their ad.

Become a courier

If you have a few hours to spare each week, then becoming a part time courier could be the perfect job for you.  It’s a job that can fit in with your lifestyle and you don’t need to invest any additional money or quit your current job.

Courier jobs involve carrying parcels in your vehicle to their destination – the further you drive, the more money you get paid. All you need is good navigational skills and a good knowledge of the local area.

Car Share

Car sharing is quickly growing in popularity; but many people are still unsure how it works and how they can get the best from it.

In a nutshell, car sharing gives you all the benefits of car ownership, without the hassle and expense of owning one.  It gives you short-term use of a car that is shared amongst a group of people, coordinated by a central company who also manages issues like insurance and parking.

Car sharing exists in hundreds of cities across more than dozen countries and experts expect this trend to continue.  Currently over 340,000 people worldwide are members of a car-sharing organisation.