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.