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For It’s one of the most tax-efficient large 4x4s, and it’s spacious and stacked with equipment. It can run on electric-only power for short distances, so can be superbly refined.

Against The ride is fidgety and the steering is short of feel. The CVT gearbox takes some getting used to and the engine sounds strained at high revs.

Lexus RX 4x4
33 5stars

The Lexus RX450h has low CO2 emissions, cheap tax costs and plenty of creature comforts. Pity it isn’t more comfortable and better to drive.

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There are 4 Lexus RX versions available

4x4 450h SE 5dr £44,495
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
4x4 450h Luxury 5dr £48,495
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
4x4 450h F Sport 5dr £51,995
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
4x4 450h Premier 5dr £55,495
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

There isn’t much to choose from when it comes to selecting a RX450h. There’s one engine and gearbox, and Lexus isn't big on options (all models are well equipped to start with), so the best way to add kit is to move up a trim.

The range starts with SE, which provides dual-zone climate control, cruise control, keyless entry, a nine-speaker stereo with CD changer, Bluetooth, xenon headlamps and rain-sensing wipers. Luxury trim adds sat-nav, front and rear parking sensors, larger wheels and three more speakers for the stereo. F Sport trim brings sportier styling, bespoke suspension and LED headlights, while Premium cars have air suspension, a sunroof and a whole heap of electrical gadgets.

On balance, we’d stick with the entry-level trim. Yes, the range-topper is a little better to drive thanks to its air suspension, but it also costs many, many thousands more.

Reader test team says:

Lexus RX 4x4 450h Premier 5dr

I have just taken delivery of the RX450h premier, this is my 10 th lexus and I am very disappointed. This is my 4 th RX and I chose it specifically…

Charles Holland

2 out of 5 stars

Lexus RX 4x4 450h SE 5dr

This is my third new RX 450 and they are the best cars I have ever owned,reliable comfortable,fast and economical around 31 mpg not bad for a 3.5…

David Neale

5 out of 5 stars

Lexus RX 4x4 450h F Sport 5dr

Coming from a 2005 Lexus RX300 this car is a large step up. I have the F Sport version which handles much better than the other models as well as…

ray sakha

5 out of 5 stars
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