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Lexus RC review

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Lexus RC
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27 Jan 2016 15:21 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 16:21

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Not only is the RC F expensive to buy it’s also costly to run: a combined economy figure of 26.2mpg is poor by modern performance car standards, and the urban figure of 17.6mpg is even further off the pace. Insurance is high, too - group 48 of 50. Choose the upgraded Carbon edition and it’s group 50. CO2 emissions are high, too, at 252g/km. In fact, all RC models are costlier on fuel, insurance and road tax than their closest BMW 4 Series counterparts.

If you fancy the aggressive looks of the RC F but can’t stomach the costs, go for the RC 300h F Sport or RC 200t F Sport, while those seeking a more understated image the will prefer entry-level Luxury trim (300h only) or richly equipped Premier (300h or 200t). As we’ve seen, there’s actually not much between the 300h and 200t in terms of performance, and the former is by far the cheaper to run despite costing only £1000 more to buy. Very keen drivers will appreciate the limited-slip differential that features in the 200t F Sport, though it’s far from an essential item.

All models are equipped with different driving modes altering the steering, engine and transmission responses, and on F Sport models it dictates the suspension firmness, too. Other highlights of standard equipment include heated, power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control and parking sensors front and rear, and there’s a rotary controller for the 7in multimedia screen, but no satellite navigation as standard.

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Verdict

High quality and individual alternative to its German coupe rivals

  • Individuality
  • Frugal hybrid
  • Growling V8 in RC F
  • Running costs of non-hybrid versions
  • Lack of satellite navigation in lower specs
  • Overweight
There are 10 trims available for the RC coupe. Click to see details.See all versions
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