There are not many makes of vehicle which are available in every country of the world apart from the Toyota Land Cruiser.

Anyone who needs a car to cope all the year round in remote areas and hostile weather conditions then this is it, friend to the serious farmer or the sort of person who is happiest with a machine gun fixed to the back.

Priced from £33,000 to £53,000 the Land Cruiser is more widely available than any current vehicle on earth, being sold in more than 190 countries.

It has the best off-road abilities which Range Rover can only dream of and its blend of size, impregnable reliability and the off-road capability can’t be beaten.

There is just one engine available which is the reasonably economical 2.8-litre diesel which will give you almost 40 miles to the gallon and with 177PS and 450Nm of torque.

Most variants have an auto as standard, but basic Utility versions come with a manual gearbox as standard.

For driving over any tope of ground, the Land Cruiser is extremely impressive. Downhill assist, ride height control, a crawl function and a limited slip differential are among the off road features.

Naturally you are perched high up with a great view, and as most drivers will tell you, everyone treats the Land Cruiser with respect.

The visibility is good and there is a choice of three or five door body styles. The boot itself is large and high off the ground.

If you want a soft version SUV then go for a German version where you don’t feel the need for going off road but remember when it comes to reliability you would always be better with a Japanese model.

The Land Cruiser has a legendary reliability record earned by a reputation as one of the world’s toughest and most reliable 4x4s and made it the segment sales leader in more than 10 European markets. It’s been around for some years and has become more modern and robust in its exterior styling. It is somewhat more sophisticated and comfortable with better quality interior.

The revised model range for the UK includes the workhorse manual transmission Utility grade, with a simple equipment specification which forms the entry point to a line-up that also includes Active, Icon and high-technology Invincible grades.

Inside the switchgear on the new-look dashboard is ergonomically optimised and the dash also incorporates a large, eight-inch touchscreen for the Toyota Touch 2 with Go multimedia and navigation system, Optitron meters and a 4.2-inch colour TFT multi-information display.

The cabin has been made more comfortable with front seat ventilation, rear seat heating, and automatic climate control, and there is now reverse-tilting door mirrors and a new smart key design.

There are new-look front pieces such as the bonnet, grille, headlights, bumper and wings with the bonnet shaped to improve downward visibility at the centre.

The front grille and headlights have been set higher for better off-road functionality. The grille’s apertures have been made as large as possible for optimum engine cooling, while the headlight main beams are positioned inboard to avoid damage when driving off-road.

New elements at the rear include a redesigned light cluster with an LED stop light; a smaller rear garnish plate incorporated in the number plate surround; and a restyled bumper. In the UK, the new Land Cruiser is available in nine body colours, including new Phantom Blue and Avant-Garde Bronze metallic.

The Land Cruiser will drive you to 62mph in 13 seconds, and on to a maximum 110mph.

Icon and Invincible versions include includes a Pre-Collision System (PCS) with pedestrian detection function, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) and Automatic High Beam (AHB).

Further driver support is provided with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (Invincible grade) and an upgraded tyre pressure warning system.

Available in three and five-door format, the Utility grade is fitted with 17-inch steel wheels, roof rails, front fog lights, air conditioning, dusk-sensing headlights, roof rails, cruise control, smart entry and a six-speaker audio system with CD player, Bluetooth, Aux-in and USB Port. A six-speed manual transmission can be specified for the five-door version and is standard on the three-door model.

Active grade, available with a five or seven-seat interior, makes the switch from steel to 17-inch alloy wheels and adds rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, leather steering wheel trim and the Toyota Touch 2 infotainment system with eight-inch touchscreen and nine-speaker audio system. It is a five-door model with a choice of five or seven seat interior.

The seven-seat Land Cruiser Icon adds a number of new features for 2018, including Toyota Safety Sense active safety systems, 19-inch alloys, leather upholstery and front seats with heating and ventilation functions. As previously, it comes equipped with LED headlights and front fog lights, an entry lighting system, rear privacy glass, rain-sensing wipers and the Toyota Touch 2 with Go package with navigation and enhanced connectivity options.

The Land Cruiser Invincible is equipped with many advanced technology features as standard, to improve handling and stability both on-road and off. These include a locking Torsen rear differential, Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), Multi-Terrain Select, Multi-terrain Monitor, Crawl control and a 360-degree Panoramic View Monitor with an under vehicle view.

All new Toyotas have a five-year/100,000-mile guarantee.