When will the revised Lexus RX go on sale?
Reader wants to buy a new Lexus RX, but isn't able to order the facelifted 2020 model yet. Should he wait for it or buy the current car?...
I’m considering buying a new Lexus RX as a private purchase. In the United States, Lexus has already announced the 2020 update to the RX model, which will have a myriad of small improvements. However, my local UK dealer appears to have been told nothing about the coming model upgrade and is strongly promoting that I don’t wait and order a 2019 model instead.
I’d like to place an order before Brexit, but I’m reluctant to order a car that may be replaced within weeks. Do you know when UK customers will be able to place an order for the 2020 models?
What car says…
The facelifted RX will be available to order from mid-September.
We’d recommend you wait for the new model – unless you’re happy to take a significant discount on the current model instead.
According to Lexus, the 2020 RX has a new infotainment system with a touchscreen and Apple CarPlay / Android Auto smartphone connectivity as standard. It also has an improved pre-collision warning system and new LED headlights. Practicality is enhanced by the introduction of moveable third row seats as standard, and its handling and ride may be better because it has revised suspension and new shock absorbers.
Best large SUVs and the ones to avoid
For many people, large SUVs have replaced big saloons as the ultimate expression of modern motoring, and they make great family cars, thanks to their spacious and practical interiors.
The best are also easy to drive, combining a calm ride with tidy handling and a lofty driving position with user-friendly controls. But with so many models to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start, so here we're counting down our top 10 – and we've named the large SUV to avoid, too.
If any of these take your fancy, just click on the relevant link to find out more or see how much of a discount you could get by using What Car?'s New Car Buying service.
10. Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace
Take the regular Volkswagen Tiguan, add some more space and two extra seats, and hey presto, you've made the Tiguan Allspace. Its high-quality interior and flexible seating are impressive, and it's good to drive.
9. Volvo XC60
Volvo used to be very much a step down from the models of Audi, BMW and Mercedes, both in terms of price and ability, but no longer. The latest XC60 is comfortable, well equipped and has a high-quality interior, plus it won the 2018 What Car? Safety Award, having performed brilliantly when it was crash tested by Euro NCAP.
Pick of the range: D4 Momentum
8. Hyundai Santa Fe
The Santa Fe is a spacious and practical choice in the large SUV market, with the option of seven seats for larger families. You also get plenty of equipment, with both Premium and Premium SE models coming with plenty of luxuries. We'd stick with SE trim, though, because this gets you everything you're likely to want, including rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control and 18in alloy wheels.
Pick of the range: 2.2 CRDi 200 Premium 7 Seat
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