Lexus RC review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£40,200
What Car? Target Price£37,747
Lexus RC 2019 front seats
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Not only is the RC F expensive to buy, but it’s also costly to run. A combined economy figure of 25mpg is poor by modern performance car standards. CO2 emissions are high, too, at 258g/km.

But it’s the 300h that’ll be of most interest to cost conscious motorists, especially those running a company car. With CO2 emissions of just 114g/km regardless of trim, it beats diesel-powered rivals, so works out cheaper than most when it comes to Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax.

If you fancy the aggressive looks of the RC F but can’t stomach the costs, the 300h F Sport will suit you. Meanwhile, those who prefer a more understated image the will prefer entry-level trim that’s badged simply ‘RC’ or the richly equipped Takumi (300h). Ultimately, entry-level models get all the kit you really want.

The RC hasn’t been safety tested by Euro NCAP but it does get plenty of safety equipment as standard including automatic emergency braking (AEB), adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, road sign recognition and automatic headlamp high beam. Blind spot monitoring and a rear cross traffic alert are optional on F Sport and standard on Takumi.

The RC doesn’t feature in the 2018 What Car? Reliability Survey, but Lexus as a brand finished second overall out of 31 manufacturers. To give you some idea of how impressive that performance is, the next best performing ‘premium’ manufacturer was BMW, finishing way down in 16th position. However, the RC only comes with a three year, 60,000-mile warranty, whereas rivals such as BMW and Mercedes offer unlimited mileage terms.

Lexus RC 2019 RHD infotainment
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Verdict

The RC is a distinctive coupé with very low running costs if you opt for the hybrid. But while it’s well equipped and feels pretty plush inside, its small boot and rear seats and thrashy engine count against it. The RC F’s mighty V8 might sort the engine issues, but it’s expensive to run and not as fun to drive as a Mercedes C63 AMG.

  • RC 300h cheap to run for company car users
  • V8 engine in RC F sounds magnificent
  • Well equipped
  • Running costs of RC F
  • Rivals are more pratical
  • Whiny hybrid engine in RC 300h