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Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

The heavily updated Toyota LandCruiser Prado range sees some big changes for 2018, with a new look, updated interior and added equipment across most models in the range.

The good news for buyers is that prices are lower across the line-up, with reductions of between $600 and $1200 depending on the variant. That should be enough to see it retain its spot at the top of many customers’ shopping lists – it sure as hell can’t do much wrong on the sales charts, where its easily the best-seller in the large SUV segment. 

And with four trim levels available to choose from, each offering new kit and lower pricing, buyers are undoubtedly better off with the Toyota Prado 2018 model range. But has it improved over the previous model? And which is the one you should be looking at?

Read on, and we’ll figure it out together.

Safety rating
Engine Type2.8L turbo
Fuel TypeDiesel
Fuel Efficiency8L/100km
Seating5 seats

Bentley Bentayga

What’s cheap and what’s expensive is all relative, right? For example, the new Bentley Bentayga V8 now starts at $364,800 before on-road costs, but is still the ultra-luxe brand’s most affordable vehicle.

So, the Bentayga V8 is cheap for a Bentley, but expensive for a large SUV – quite the oxymoron.

The brief for the Bentayga is also somewhat contradictory, needing to be comfortable, premium and practical, but also fast, agile and fun-to-drive.

But do all these elements coalesce into the ultimate all-rounder, or will owners of the 2021 Bentley Bentayga be left wanting?

Safety rating
Engine Type4.0L turbo
Fuel TypePremium Unleaded Petrol
Fuel Efficiency11.4L/100km
Seating5 seats


Toyota Land Cruiser Prado7.5/10

The updated 2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado might not have needed to see changes in order to remain the biggest-selling large SUV on the Australian market, but the facelifted model has seen the Prado take some steps forward to keep it on the shopping lists of buyers looking for family-focused SUVs with a breadth of ability. 

It looks better and is better value – and there is one model that seemingly stands apart as the best buy of the bunch: the GXL. It’s just a shame it can’t be had with the extra safety kit of the VX and Kakadu models.

What spec Prado would you buy? Let us know in the comments section below.

Bentley Bentayga8.1/10

There is an argument that no matter which way you slice it, buying a Bentley Bentayga doesn’t stack up. The price tag is high, the options list is long, and the level of comfort and refinement you get, while excellent, isn’t exactly life changing.

But the value of a Bentayga doesn’t lie in how it drives, or rides, or even looks. It’s in its Bentley badge. Because with that badge, the Bentayga transcends its ultra-premium large SUV visage, and is elevated to a statement about your wealth, or status. Maybe it's more a fashion accessory. And, really, only you can answer how much that level of prestige and clout is worth.


Toyota Land Cruiser Prado8/10

The facelifted version of the Toyota LandCruiser Prado undoubtedly takes the boxy off-roader and makes it more appealing to the majority of consumers. It is, dare I say it, good looking now.


That certainly is the case for the exterior of the Kakadu model you see here, with its brilliant LED headlights and DRLs, which look so much better than the old dot-matrix numbers in the pre-facelift car. The new shape of the headlights accentuates the width of the Prado, as does the new grille treatment.

And while nothing has changed if you look at it from side-on (aside from different wheel designs), the Prado somehow looks more muscular than it did. The tail-lights have black surrounds which helps, and the rear door has been neatened up a touch, too. 

While you get a rear spoiler on all Prado models, you have to spend up on the VX or Kakadu to get side steps. And if you want a body kit, you’ll have to look up eBay’s UAE sellers.

The interior design has seen a big workover, with a new centre stack and media interface, new steering wheels and other refinements. But the interior dimensions haven’t changed, because the size hasn’t either: check out our interior images to get a better idea.

This is a facelift done right. And this writer in particular thinks the flat tailgate version looks even smarter again.

Bentley Bentayga7/10

The Bentley Bentayga was first introduced to the world in 2016, but in 2021, it has been given a slight nip and tuck to keep it fresh against ultra-luxurious SUV rivals.

New this year is a wider front grille, flanked by quad LED headlights and a sculpted bumper.

The rear features an extended roof-mounted rear spoiler, new tail-lights and quad-exhaust outlets, as well as the repositioning of the number plate to the lower bumper.

But like any car in this class, the devil is in the details.

All exterior lighting elements feature a cut crystal design, which catches the light and sort of sparkles even while the Bentayga is stationary, and in person, it’s as baller and bougie as it sounds.

Also new in the updated Bentayga are front fenders strakes and new-look 21-inch wheels with a wider rear track to better fill out the arches for a more aggressive stance.

As a large SUV, the Bentayga is certainly attention-grabbing, though whether it looks good is up to you.

I think the grille looks a little too big and the headlights a little too small, but for some, the Bentley badge will be enough.

Step inside and, whereas mainstream and even premium cars would opt for just leather to adorn main surfaces, the Bentayga kicks it up a notch with supple and soft-touch leather, and plush appointments throughout.

What stands out most, though, isn’t the handcrafted contrasting stitching or Bentley embroidered seats, but the shape and styling of the air vents and centre stack.

Sitting front and centre of the cabin is a fancy-looking analogue clock, flanked by exquisitely crafted vents.

Like all Bentley models, opening and closing of the vents isn’t as basic as wiggling flap in the vent, it’s done by pushing and pulling on unique plungers littered throughout the cabin.

Underneath the multimedia system, the switchgear is laid out in an easy-to-use fashion, but finished with high-quality materials that give a good amount of feedback with every push and turn.

The gearshift and drive-mode selector are oversized, chunky, and finished with a nice chrome sheen.

But the steering wheel is my favourite part of the interior, as it features no stitching on the outer rim to disrupt the touch of soft leather in your hands.

No doubt the inside of a Bentayga is a pleasant place to be, one where you could happily spend hours out on the open road.


Toyota Land Cruiser Prado7/10

The revisions to the dashboard are really quite nice. In the lower-spec versions there is more storage space in front of the shifter, while higher-spec models, like the Kakadu you see here, have a smaller little caddy (big enough for a wallet) because the stack has all the serious off-road controls – check out the Prado interior pictures attached for a better idea.

Even so, every Prado has good storage options on offer: you will find more than one cupholder to suffice – in fact, there are cupholders in the first, second and third rows, and holsters for bottles in all four doors. The higher-spec models have a cooled/refrigerated centre console area, which is great to keep your drinks chilled on longer trips. 

Of course the entry-grade GX with five seats is a better bet if you need the ultimate in luggage capacity, rated at 640 litres, and there’s a cargo cover (plus you could fit a cargo barrier if you wanted to) – well and truly better than the 480L in the seven-seat model.

Because the vast majority of Prado models are seven-seaters, the measurement with seven seats in use is 120L – small by class standards. If you need more boot space, you could consider adding roof racks to the rails on GXL, VX and Kakadu models. The flat tailgate setup available on those variants includes a very practical opening tailgate glass, which makes putting shopping bags in even easier, especially in tight parking spaces.

While the GXL and VX feature very simple third-row seat operation, the electric seats in the Kakadu are daft. They take more than 10 seconds to raise or lower completely, and – like many of the Prado’s electronic items – the controller beeps every time you use it. And that’s really, really annoying. One nice counterpoint is a 220-volt powerpoint in the boot in high-spec models.

In terms of space, adults will be able to comfortably slot in the second row seating and allow enough space behind them for smaller adults or children. The back row isn’t the roomiest place, but for adults – even taller ones – it is definitely bearable for short trips. Headroom is good throughout the cabin, and legroom in the second row is pretty good, too.

For customers with kids, there are dual ISOFIX seats in the second row, and three top-tether points as well. There are air-vents to all three rows (in seven-seat models) but entry-grade models will need those up front to control the climate for those in the back.

The 8.0-inch media system is typical Toyota – that is to say, it’s reasonably easy to use but the on-screen buttons are a bit small, and it certainly doesn’t set any new standards. There is no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto connectivity, and the Bluetooth system – while easy to connect and reasonably clever at reconnecting – requires the car to be at a standstill to search contact lists and operate the pairing function: that may sound like a safety feature, but what if your child or partner wants to connect their phone on the move? It’s a fail.

It may also be worth noting for those parents out there with device-addicted children that the Prado only has one USB Port. I reckon it’s a bit of a miss, especially for the Kakadu: I mean a Blu-ray player might have been okay five years ago, but times have changed, and kids are very much about BYO device, these days.

Bentley Bentayga9/10

Measuring 5125mm long, 2222mm wide, and 1742mm tall, with a 2995mm wheelbase, the Bentley Bentayga definitely cuts an imposing figure on the road.

It's actually larger than a Honda Odyssey people mover in all dimensions, and because of its girthy measurements, interior space is positively palatial.

Front passengers have ample room to get comfortable thanks to the supportive, electronically adjustable seats, with storage options extending to door bins, a centre storage cubby, two cupholders and a wireless smartphone-charging tray.

Step into the second-row, though, and the Bentayga offers more than enough room for even the burliest of adults.

Bentley has increased the legroom in the rear by as much as 100mm, depending on whether you get the four-, five-, or seven-seat version, which makes for a great place to sit.

Our test example was equipped with five seats, which can be reclined to get into a comfier position, with storage options including door bins, jacket hooks, map pockets and a fold-down armrest with two cupholders.

Opening the boot reveals a cavity offering 484 litres of volume, extending to 1774L with the rear seats folded. But it's worth noting the rear seats don’t quite fold flat due to the backrest's heavy bolstering, although the middle seat can be stowed independently to use as a ski pass-through.

Price and features

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado8/10

Yes, there have been price drops across the model line-up, but there are also much more affordable alternatives to the Prado if what you want is a rugged, off-roadable seven-seat SUV with a diesel engine and good towing ability.

Those competitors, clearly, are the likes of the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Isuzu MU-X, Holden Trailblazer and – to a lesser extent because it’s a bit expensive – the Ford Everest. Even the Toyota Fortuner could be considered a more affordable alternative.

But the Prado is bigger than those models, and some would argue more comfort-focused, too. For the most part, I’d be one of those people – the Prado can be surprisingly comfortable, depending on the spec you choose – but we’ll get to that later.

Let’s run through the variants: GX vs GXL vs VX vs Kakadu, a sort of models comparison. I don’t just put a price list with how much each will cost, but rather run through the recommended retail price (plus on-road costs) of the models in the range. You can check out the Toyota site for a drive-away price

The GX model is the entry-grade variant with a manufacturer’s list price of $53,490 – that’s before on-road costs, and that’s $600 less than before. 

How many seats in the GX? It’s a five-seat model, but if you choose the automatic version (priced at $56,490) you also get the option of a seven-seat layout, but that adds a further $2550 to the price. 

Standard inclusions: lane departure warning, a pre-collision safety system with pedestrian detection, auto high-beam lights, and automatic cruise control – that’s only on the auto model, though - the manual misses out. The manual also misses out on the 'electroluminescent combimeter with colour multi-information display', or driver info screen. You do get cruise control, even on the manual.

The GX comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry (smart key) and push-button start, an 8.0-inch touch screen media system with reversing camera and satellite navigation/GPS  (with live traffic updates for the navigation system), Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, USB connectivity and a nine-speaker sound system. It has radio and a CD player, too. There’s no DVD player, and you can’t get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, either. 

The next model up the range is the GXL, which comes with seven seats as standard, but can be had as a manual (from $59,990) or automatic ($62,990). Price drops for the GXL model equate to $1200. 

It gets a bunch of worthwhile extra equipment over the base model, including LED headlights (a big improvement), LED daytime running lights, LED fog lamps, and lamps in the sun-visors. There’s also the addition of privacy glass, roof rails, side steps, a leather-lined steering wheel, tri-zone climate control, and a rear diff lock (auto only).

The GXL can be had with what Toyota is labelling a 'premium interior', which adds $3500 to the price and includes leather-accented seat trim, ventilated front seats with power adjustment, and heated front and second-row seats. Sounds like money well spent to me.

The third rung up the ladder in the 2018 Toyota Prado range is the VX, which is only available as an automatic and sees a considerable price jump over the GXL auto – it lists at $73,990 plus on-road costs, but that’s $911 less than 2017.

The VX brings additional items such as 18-inch alloy wheels, panoramic/surround-view camera monitor with low-speed forward view setting, ventilated front seats, heated seats front and rear, a cool box between the front seats and LED fog lamps. It also sports leather seats, and a 14-speaker JBL sound system.

And if you spend this much you also secure more safety equipment: blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. 

The top-of-the-range variant in the Toyota Prado 2018 model range is the Kakadu, which is auto only, and lists at $84,490, representing a drop of $1121 compared with the model it succeeds. It’s the model you see in the images here.  

You certainly get plenty of additional equipment over the VX for your $10,500 extra expenditure – the Kakadu is the only model in the range with Toyota’s 'Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System' (KDSS) – a high-tech set-up that reacts to forces felt by the suspension that can modulate or disable the anti-roll bars. 

Further additions to the Kakadu include 'Crawl Control' (Toyota’s advanced traction system that monitors slippage at each wheel and works to ensure optimal traction), 'Multi-Terrain Select' (with rock, rock & dirt, mogul, loose rock, mud & sand settings), a new drive mode select system that changes the settings of the drivetrain, chassis and air-conditioning (with Comfort, Eco, Normal, Sport and Sport+ settings). There’s no denying the Kakadu seems like the one you’d pick if you want to go off-road – like, to Kakadu, for instance…

Other additions for this spec include a sunroof, woodgrain trim, power folding third-row seats, and a rear seat entertainment system with a Blu-ray entertainment screen, plus three wireless headsets.

A newly added no-cost option for August-onward 2018 Toyota Prado models is a flat tailgate setup, which was previously reserved for the Prado Altitude limited edition models. Available for GXL, VX and Kakadu grades, the  sees the removal of the tailgate-mounted spare wheel and cover, with the spare wheel instead mounted under the boot floor. There is an impact on fuel tank size, with the 63L reserve tank removed to make room for the spare wheel (leaving an 87-litre capacity). But flat-back Prado buyers will get an opening tailgate window, making quick access to the boot even easier. 

No matter which model you choose, if you want one of Toyota’s ‘premium paint’ finishes you’ll have to pay $550 (only one of the black options and white are exempt from extra cost). The colours include three different black hues, a dusty bronze/gold/beige/orange/brown finish, grey, red, two choices of silver, and white – no green, blue or yellow here. 

Of course if you want to further customise your Prado, there are plenty of accessories you can choose beyond rims and floor mats in each of the trim levels.

The genuine accessories list features two options for your choice of bullbar, a nudge bar, snorkel, and you’ll want the cargo barrier if you need to haul your tool kit with you.

Bentley Bentayga7/10

Priced at $364,800 before on-road costs, the entry-level Bentayga V8 isn’t exactly cheap, but it is the most affordable in the Bentley SUV family.

Sitting above the V8 is the Bentayga Speed, which is priced at $501,800, and makes use of a 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 petrol engine, as well as other models in the Bentley stable such as the Flying Spur (from $428,800) and Continental GT (from $408,900).

Standard equipment includes 21-inch wheels, air suspension, Matrix LED headlights, head-up display, leather interior and steering wheel, heated and cooled front and rear seats, reclining rear seats, a wireless smartphone charger, and all-digital instrumentation.

Handling multimedia duties is a massive 10.9-inch touchscreen, which sports satellite navigation with real-time traffic data, wireless Apple CarPlay, wired Android Auto, digital radio and 4G connected services, outputting to a 12-speaker sound system.

If you’ve read this far and thought that nothing in the spec sheet justifies the Bentayga V8’s price tag, it’s the attention to detail that adds to the car’s value.

For example, the climate control system is split into four zones, meaning the optimal temperature can be set for the driver, front passenger and rear outboard seats.

The second-row occupants also have access to a detachable 5.0-inch tablet that can control multimedia and vehicle functions, as well as set the interior ambient lighting colour. Fun fact: changing the ambient lighting hue will also change the colour of the main multimedia display. See, attention to detail.

The windscreen wipers are also souped up with 22 individual jets each that can heat up for better rain- and sleet-clearing capabilities.

However, the options list is a little… overwhelming.

Some choice examples include a 20-speaker Naim sound system ($17,460), 22-inch wheels (from $8386), seating for seven ($7407), a hands-free tailgate ($1852), space-saving spare wheel ($1480) and sports pedals ($1229).

To be fair, Bentley has made things a bit easier with specific option packs that will bundle together some add-on equipment, ranging from the $4419 Sunshine Specification' all the way up to the $83,419 'First Edition Specification', that is better value for money, but some things like a spare wheel and a hands-free tailgate should really be included as standard in a car costing this much.

Engine & trans

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado7/10

Every variant in the Prado range is powered the same engine, with the same size - a 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. The entry-grade models (GX and GXL) have the choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed auto, while the top two grades (VX and Kakadu) are auto only.

There are no changes to specifications for power outputs of the diesel drivetrain, be it the manual gearbox with retained power and torque outputs of 130kW/420Nm, or an automatic transmission, which bumps the torque spec up to 450Nm. 

Competitor SUVs out there can be had with more power and torque – even some that are smaller, like the Holden Trailblazer (2.8-litre turbo-diesel, 147kW/500Nm). 

Unlike a lot of those other competitors, though, the Prado runs a permanent four-wheel drive (4WD or 4x4) set-up with 4H and 4L modes – there’s no 4x2 mode. You need to get an automatic to be able to get a rear diff lock, and even then it’s not available on the base model GX. So, manual gearbox enthusiasts need to think twice.

Some buyers may not be too impressed by the Prado’s comparatively low braked towing capacity weight of 2500kg (750kg un-braked) for manual models – but the automatic pushes that braked capacity to 3000kg, which is what you’ll likely need for a big off-road caravan. Our test vehicles didn’t have a towbar, so there’s no towing review here. 

And there’s no argument for petrol vs diesel, as the 4.0-litre V6 has been axed. And there’s never been an LPG model here. 

You might want to check out our Prado problems page for any relevant information on potential diesel engine problems or issues with injector performance, automatic transmission or clutch / gearbox problems, suspension issues or cruise control complaints. And any concerns over diesel particulate filter problems should be allayed by the addition of a new DPF forced burn-off switch, to give a manual override control to the owner.

Timing belt or chain? The 2.8-litre engine has a chain, thank you very much.

Bentley Bentayga9/10

Powering the 2021 Bentley Bentayga V8 is a 4.0-litre, twin-turbo petrol engine, producing 404kW at 6000rpm and 770Nm from 1960-4500rpm.

Paired to the engine is an eight-speed (torque convertor) automatic transmission that drives all four wheels, which is enough to propel the ultra-lux SUV from 0-100km/h in just 4.5 seconds.

Top speed is pegged at 290km/h, making it one of the fastest SUVs in the world.

The Bentayga V8 also boasts a braked towing capacity of 3500kg, matching the likes of the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger, which should keep caravan and boat owners happy.

Fuel consumption

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado8/10

Toyota claims diesel fuel consumption of 7.9L/100km for the manual Prado, while the automatic model uses 0.1L/100km more, claiming 8.0L/100km. 

Realistically you can expect fuel economy around 9.5L/100km in most situations, or a tad more if you’re running around with adults accompanying you in the other four seats.

If you venture off-road the fuel use number will probably rise to about 11.5L/100km, which is pretty good given the size of the Prado. Towing will likely see that figure jump a tad, but not to excessively high levels (depending on the weight of what you’re towing, of course!).

The Prado’s huge 150-litre fuel tank capacity (with an 87L main tank size and 63L sub) will assure long range mileage between visits to the pump, but expect a big bill if you run it to empty. If you get the flat tailgate version of the GXL, VX or Kakadu, you will only get the 87-litre capacity, which will still be able to get you plenty far. And it's a little bit smaller (length is down from 4995mm to 4825mm) and lighter (reduced about 60kg across the range), so you may even see better fuel consumption, not to mention easier parking in small spots.

As mentioned above, there’s no petrol option anymore.

Bentley Bentayga8/10

Official fuel consumption for the Bentayga V8 is pegged at 13.3 litres per 100km, but we didn’t manage to drive the test car in varied enough conditions to validate the claim.

The Bentley Bentayga V8 also emits 302 grams of CO2 per kilometre and meets the latest Euro 6 emissions standards.

Fuel consumption is kept down thanks to cylinder deactivation technology, as well as an engine start/stop system.


Toyota Land Cruiser Prado8/10

If you plan on spending the vast majority of your time on paved surfaces – be that running around town or cruising country highways – you ought to choose the GX, GXL or VX models.

Why? It all comes down to the Kakadu’s suspension system. It’s undeniably brilliant when it comes to scrambling up craggy hills, especially if there are heaps of offset bumpy sections because of the way it can adjust the anti-roll bars. Admittedly there is adaptive front and rear variable suspension (not air suspension) on the Kakadu, but even in the most passenger-friendly Comfort setting it isn’t as comfy as it should be, with the four-link rear suspension abruptly rebounding over bumps. The front suspension is a trailing arm double-wishbone type, and it is more resolved over bumps.

It is ridiculously capable when it comes to off road ability, with the permanent 4WD system (with 4H high range and 4L low range), a locking rear diff, and the brand’s dependable drive-mode selector system allowing for assured progress on gnarly surfaces.

That said, it mightn’t be quite as terrific as it once was: we didn’t get the pre-facelift model and the new model together for a head-to-head, but the numbers don’t lie: the new-look Prado has worse approach and departure angles vs the old one. The approach angle is now 30.4 degrees, where it used to be 32.0deg, and the departure angle is now 23.5deg (was 25.0deg). Ground clearance is down by a millimetre, to 219mm.

And while that anti-roll bar adjustment certainly makes the Prado Kakadu hold itself flatter through a series of sharp corners, that’s not what this SUV is all about. Nor what this review is about. 

In the lower-spec models there is better bump absorption – the smaller alloy wheels help, though we know some buyers will be tempted to upsize to 22-inch chrome wheels…The steering response largely remains the same between the four variants – the wheel action is light and easy to twirl at lower speeds with a decent turning circle of 11.6m, and it has good weighting at highway pace, too. 

And no matter which model you choose, you’ll be getting a diesel engine that feels suited to day-to-day life: the 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo unit isn’t excessively grunty, but with the clever six-speed automatic the Prado definitely offers enough punch to jump a gap or two in traffic. 

Even so, I have often thought to myself ‘there is no faster car on the road than a Prado driver who is late to drop the kids at school’ – and the performance lives up to that expectation. There’s some turbo lag to contend with from stand-still, but its roll-on acceleration is convincing below 70km/h. 

It isn’t quite as sprightly once you get above that, presumably because aerodynamics starts to play a more integral role in forward progress. But realistically if you want to know what 0-100km/h acceleration it’ll do, or what top speed it’ll hit, maybe you shouldn’t be looking at a Prado.

My biggest annoyance with the Prado is its brake pedal feel. While the response from the stoppers is good, the squelchy feel of the pedal and the fingernails-on-a-blackboard screechiness as you apply pressure is frustrating. The body of the Prado can pitch forward when you apply the brakes, too. 

Bentley Bentayga8/10

Though some Bentley owners may prefer to be driven, we’re happy to report the 2021 Bentayga V8 is also excellent behind the wheel.

First, getting into the right position is easy thanks to the electronically adjustable seats with control knobs that feel well textured and premium, unlike the plastic bits you’ll find in cheaper large SUVs.

Secondly, the steering wheel feels wonderful in hand as it has no seams on the outer rim, and adds to the Bentayga’s opulence.

The digital instrumentation is also clear and concise, and can be customised with driving data, map information, etc, but the steering wheel buttons and indicator stalks are noticeably Audi-esque (Bentley sits under the Volkswagen Group umbrella).

And this is even before things start moving.

Out on the road, the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 and eight-speed auto are a delight, delivering effortless and smooth performance from anywhere in the rev range despite the car's portly 2371kg kerb weight.

In 'Comfort' mode, the Bentayga V8 is luxurious enough, soaking up bumps and other surface imperfections with ease, but some of Melbourne’s craggy country B-roads are enough to send jostles and jolts into the cabin.

Flick it over to Sport mode, and things firm up a little, but never to the point where the Bentayga V8 becomes a corner-hunting sports car slayer.

In fact, there's little variability in ride comfort between modes, but steering weight changes noticeably.

When things get a bit too fast and furious, the Bentayga’s large brakes do a great job of scrubbing off speed, and if that isn’t enough, Bentley offers carbon ceramics for an additional $30,852.

Ultimately, the Bentayga V8’s eager powertrain does make it fun to drive, and the fact that it doesn’t feel pudgy in corners is testament to the brand’s great active anti-roll technology, but don’t go in expecting this Bentley SUV to be the last word in driving dynamics.


Toyota Land Cruiser Prado8/10

The facelifted Prado model hasn’t been crash tested by ANCAP, but this generation was tested all the way back in 2010, when it scored the maximum five-star safety rating. It is unlikely the facelifted version will get the crash-test treatment again.

The manual models miss out on the added safety gear that every automatic Prado gets as standard as part of the update, which is disappointing, and you don’t even get a hill-hold function on the base model GX. 

The kit every auto Prado now gets includes auto emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and automated high-beam headlights. 

Manual or auto, the Prado comes with a reversing camera with active steering guidelines and rear parking sensors. All Prado models have seven airbags (dual front, front side, full-length curtain, driver’s knee), stability and traction control, ABS, EBD and trailer-sway control.

If you step up to the VX you also get blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, not to mention the surround-view camera and low-speed off-road front-view camera, and front parking sensors. The Kakadu model gets the lot, plus all of the off-road hardware and tech.

Parents will appreciate the two second-row ISOFIX child-seat anchor-points

Bentley Bentayga8/10

The Bentley Bentayga has not been crash tested by ANCAP or Euro NCAP, so therefore has no independent safety rating.

However, standard safety systems include autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, front and rear parking sensors, traffic sign recognition, rear cross-traffic alert and a surround-view monitor.


Toyota Land Cruiser Prado6/10

Toyota’s unbreakable reputation is well founded, and reliability issues are reportedly few and far between. The brand offers an expansive dealer network providing access to professional Toyota care pretty much anywhere you think you’ll take your Prado.

The company isn’t unbeatable for warranty cover, however. It offers the bare-minimum three-year/100,000km plan for all of its cars, utes and SUVs.

Likewise Toyota’s maintenance schedule remains annoyingly short - intervals are every six months or 10,000km, which could be painful if you do a lot of mileage. At least the visits are affordable, with service costs capped at $240 each time for the first three years/60,000km.

Resale value is hard to argue with for the Prado – and most Toyota’s for that matter. But if you’re concerned about a used car purchase maybe check out our problems page for common problems, issues, faults and complaints about the Prado. 

Bentley Bentayga9/10

Like all new Bentley models sold in Australia, the Bentayga V8 comes with a three-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, which is par for the course in the ultra-premium segment, but falls short of the mainstream industry standard of five years.

Scheduled service intervals for the Bentayga V8 is every 12 months or 16,000km, whichever occurs first.

Bentley has introduced new three- and five-year service plans, priced at $3950 and $7695 respectively, which is actually pretty affordable for a car costing nearly $400,000.