The RX L may have a rather rakish profile for an SUV, but this does little to impact interior space. Up front, there’s plenty of room for tall adults and the interior feels suitably airy. Big, adjustable door pockets, large cupholders and a number of clever storage cubbies mean you won’t be short of places to put your phone or other paraphernalia.
In the middle row, there’s room for three full-sized adults, but the middle passenger will have less head room than the others due to the higher-set middle perch. Legroom isn’t particularly impressive, either – it can get pretty uncomfortable for those with longer legs; kneecaps can end up digging into the plastic front seatbacks. With no central tunnel in the floor, though, at least the centre occupant will have plenty of foot space.
Sliding the middle row all the way back does free up extra leg room, but that comes at the expense of space for those sitting in the rearmost two seat. If you’re over six feet tall you wouldn’t like it very much in the very back of the RX L. It should really be approached as a five-seater with two occasional seats rather, than a car fit for seven adults. For an SUV capable of that, have a look at the Land Rover Discovery.
Still, to accommodate the third row of seats, the RX L is longer than the regular RX, and this has added to its versatility in other ways. Boot capacity has risen by about 50 litres which is roughly enough for one carry-on suitcase. You don’t get any underfloor storage, but there are hooks and tethering points to stop luggage from rolling around. You also get a 12V outlet in the boot that’s perfect to power a portable vacuum cleaner after returning from a summer trip with the kids.