Lexus RX review

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Lexus RX
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18 Dec 2015 17:20 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 12:59

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The Lexus RX is a large SUV that will appeal to those who prioritise low company car tax bills and good reliability. Its main rivals are the Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90, but, unlike both of those cars, the RX can’t carry seven people – it’s strictly a five-seater.

The RX line-up is fairly straightforward because there are just two engines. The cheapest is a turbocharged petrol engine (badged 200t), and the more frugal option is the hybrid 450h, which features a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and a pair of electric motors to improve fuel efficiency.

We reckon the RX 450h is the better buy. It’s nippy enough, is quiet at low speeds and emits as little as 120g/km of CO2. That, combined with the fact it runs on petrol rather than diesel, makes it remarkably cheap to run as a company car – by large SUV standards, at least.

All versions of the RX come with plenty of kit, but we’d recommend going for the Luxury model. It’s the mid-spec trim and adds an upgraded media and navigation system together with a larger display, a wireless phone charger and a powered tailgate.

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There are 5 trims available for the RX 4x4. Click to see details.See all versions
SE
This trim level is offered on 200t and 450h models. Key upgrades over entry-level S trim include four-wheel drive, leather upholstery and heated and cooled front seats. It’s worth considering if yo...View trim
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Luxury
As the name suggests, you get lots of luxuries with Luxury trim, including an upgraded infotainment package with a bigger, smarter central screen. Luxury models also get a wireless phone charger, a...View trim
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Sport
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F-Sport
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Premier
This flagship trim is only offered on the 450h hybrid. It features the adaptive suspension of the F Sport model, as well as a host of other upgrades, including a colour head-up display, an even bet...View trim
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