Lexus RX 2019 rear seats

Lexus RX review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£52,715
What Car? Target Price£48,965
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

If you’re looking for a trouble-free ownership experience you’re unlikely to go wrong with an RX. Lexus always ranks highly for reliability and customer service in our surveys, and topped the chart in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey.

Company car drivers should be well served by the RX. CO2 emissions of 134g/km (depending on trim level) should keep benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax payments relatively low for a luxury SUV. True, drive it hard and the V6 petrol engine will drink plenty of petrol, but gentle driving saw us pretty much matching the official combined mpg figure of 35mpg. 

A three-year, 60,000-mile warranty is standard, which is par for the course, but extended warranties are available. The hybrid components and battery are covered as standard for five years or 60,000 miles.

You certainly won’t want for kit in the Lexus; even the entry-level versions come with plenty of toys. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, dual-zone climate, a DAB radio, rain-sensing wipers, automatic LED headlights and parking sensors are all standard.

F Sport models get leather upholstered sport seats plus a different steering wheel whereas top-spec Takumi models add a 360-degree parking camera, a 15-speaker stereo and a special steering wheel with wood inserts.  

Euro NCAP awarded the Lexus RX a five-star rating and every version comes with plenty of safety equipment. Even the entry-level RX models get ten airbags and a myriad of safety systems such as automatic emergency braking (AEB) and lane-keeping assistance.

Lexus RX 2019 LHD infotainment
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Verdict

There are a fair few reasons to like the latest RX. For a start, the interior is attractive and comfortable, helped by the absorbent ride and generous standard equipment. CO2 emissions are pretty low for the class as a whole, so your company car tax bill shouldn’t be too horrific. The RX should prove very reliable, too. However, the Audi Q7 remains our favourite luxury SUV by offering a plusher interior, more passenger space and a better infotainment system.

  • Well-built and well-appointed inside
  • Low CO2 emissions for this class
  • Reliability
  • So-so performance
  • Rivals are better to drive
  • Limited engine lineup