2019 Toyota Prado GXL


Prado is practically geriatric in automotive terms. In the 10 years since release, it has received the occasional attention of men in white coats.

Have the nips kept it modern?

Sort of. In 2015 the 2.8L Euro 5 diesel appeared.

This new diesel accounted for 98.8% of Prado sales and Toyota saw little reason to continue the slow and painful demise of the petrol powered models, so it was dropped like a cold pudding.

As well as engine changes, Prado got extra safety and technology updates, with one omission, Apple Carplay, which remains an object of distant desire.

Prado has 4 models: GX, GXL, VX and Kakadu. Our car is the GXL, which is 1 up from the base model, and feels it.

For safety, Prado has a full sized spare tyre, hoorah!