2018 Lexus LX 570

TAKE one Toyota LandCruiser, and coat it in luxurious glaze, add some extra sound proofing and remove every possible vibration. Now swap the badge on the front for one from luxury car maker Lexus, and voila, you have the 2018 Lexus LX 570.

Lexus has built on the incredible global good will of the LandCruiser, and lavished it with gear and top shelf finishes, to create a truck with off road skills, comfort and capability, and no flowery buzz words.

Inside, the cabin offers genuine upmarket luxury, with a massive screen dominating the instrument stack (more on that later). Buttons are all high quality glossy plastics, and there’s tuxedo friendly leather and wood everywhere.

Plus, Lexus’ fantastic Mark Levinson audio system is on board too, delivering sound that’ll blow the doors off, should you want it to. It’s a proper 8-seater, with terrific room for the front five passengers.

Third row riders will need to be small though as the rear seating is really only designed for youngsters. With those rear seats folded away, the LX has a high riding cargo space that’s narrow, a consequence of its tough off road hardware.

Electrically folding the third row seating from the boot gives you a load space of 1,220-litres, while dropping the second row expands that offering to a massive 2,074-litres. Even with the third row up, there’s still 259-litres of room.

Seats are well cushioned throughout and very pleasantly styled. While you’ll also find liberal use of cheaper plastics around the cabin, particularly in the boot, we’ve always been impressed by the plush carpet on the floor of every Lexus.

It makes it a pleasure to drive when you’re just chilling in thongs (flip flops for the other half of Australia) on the weekends. Truth be told though, not a lot has changed on the LX 570 since its last major overhaul back in 2015.

Along the way, there have been minor updates like alloy wheel colour changes and rear seat entertainment surrounds, but even Lexus cites the key change as being the addition of pedestrian detection to the pre-collision warning system.

It’s also a huge vehicle, at almost 5.1-metres long, nearly 1.9-metres tall and just under 2.0-metres wide. The LX 570 has an intimidating road presence, particularly if you happen to be stuck behind it in your affordable family hatch.

And it’s not just the sheer size of this monster that demands attention, it’s also that gaping dubbed spindle grille. It’s heavy too, it still rides on an old school ladder frame chassis, meaning it weighs up to 2.7 tonnes with the additional features pack.

But, it can also tow up to 3,500kg, as well as being armed to the teeth with proper off road technology. It’s powered by a heavy-drinking 5.7-litre V8 petrol engine that produces a comfortable 270kW of power and 530Nm of torque.

It’s no firecracker given the sheer heft of the vehicle, but it is beautifully smooth and refined. A downside is the fuel it drinks. Lexus claims a still guzzling 14.4-litres/100km, but the best we could manage was a whopping 22-litres/100km.

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