Lexus RX review

Category: Luxury SUV

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:hybrid
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Introduction

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You don’t know if an idea is good until you try it, and that was probably the thinking behind the Lexus RX – the original hybrid luxury SUV.

That engine and body style combination made the first-generation RX a pioneer, but these days car makers are clamouring to add electric power to popular SUVs. They range from the BMW X5 xDrive45e plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) to mild-hybrid versions of the Audi Q7.

Not to be left behind, Lexus has kept the RX evolving over the years, making it comfier, quieter and even more laden with cutting-edge equipment. The latest one even has the smartphone capability that until recently has been conspicuous by its absence from most Lexus models.

The RX line-up is fairly straightforward, with a choice of just one engine and four different trim levels (ranging from suitably luxurious to full-on lavish), and the cheapest versions undercut most other luxury SUVs on price. Here, we're focusing on the regular five-seater – if you want seven seats, we have a full separate review of the family-friendly RX L model.

Over the next few pages, we’ll tell you how the RX compares with its key rivals in all the areas that matter, including what it's like to drive, how pleasant it is for passengers, what safety kit it has and whether you'll find it costly to buy and run. We'll also let you know whether it should be on your shortlist – or is best avoided altogether.

If you do decide to buy one, or indeed a vehicle of any make and model, make sure you find out how much you could save on the brochure price without having to haggle by using the free What Car? New Car Buying pages, where there are some very appealing Lexus RX deals.

At a glance

Number of trims3 see more
Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you? hybrid
MPG range across all versions34.4 - 35.7
Avaliable doors options5
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max)£3,817 / £4,775
Company car tax at 40% (min/max)£7,633 / £9,550

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