Lexus RX review

Category: Luxury SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Available fuel types:hybrid
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RRP £52,515What Car? Target Price from£48,447
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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 What Car? Reliability Survey.

Company car drivers used to be well served by its relatively low CO2 output but emissions from 178g/km (depending on trim level) are not that great by modern standards. Indeed, all versions of the RX are in the top (37%) band for benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax. If you're looking for a luxury SUV with cheap tax bills, consider plug-in hybrid versions of the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Volvo XC90.

You won’t be disappointed by the amount of equipment you get – even the entry-level RX model comes with heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, LED headlights and keyless entry. We reckon it's the pick of the range, although going for Premium trim swaps the faux-leather for real leather seats and adds a ventilation function to stop you getting a sweaty back. F-Sport and Takumi trims are too pricey to recommend, even though they bring yet more luxuries.  

Euro NCAP gave the Lexus RX a five-star (out of five) safety rating, although it was tested a few years ago, when the tests were far less strict. You get plenty of standard safety kit, including 10 airbags and active safety systems such as automatic emergency braking (AEB) and lane-keeping assistance.

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 for five years or 60,000 miles.

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Overview

The Lexus RX scores well for reliability and is quiet and comfy when you drive it gently. It isn't that spacious by class standards, though, and despite its hybrid engine, the fuel economy and CO2 emissions fail to impress.

  • Well built and well-appointed inside
  • Quiet when you drive it gently
  • Excellent reliability
  • So-so performance
  • Rivals are better to drive
  • CO2 emissions not that great

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