What used Lexus RX 4x4 will I get for my budget?
You can pick up an early RX 450h for around £25,000. This will be for an early 2015 or 2016 car with an average mileage for the year and a full service history. Spend between £25,000 and £30,000 to secure a good average mileage for the 2016 or 2017 model year, and between £33,000 and £35,000 on a 2018 model. Expect to spend upwards of £40,000 on a 2019 car.
How much does it cost to run a Lexus RX 4x4?
Avoid the RX 200t if you need to keep fuel bills to a minimum; it averages just 36.2mpg in the older NEDC official tests, dropping to 34.9mpg with larger wheels fitted. The hybrid version is much better, with an official average figure of 53.3mpg under NEDC testing, which is better than most five-seat diesel SUVs. The RX L is slightly less efficient, on account of its extra weight; you should find it roughly on a par with its seven-seat rivals. However, be warned: while the hybrid is exceedingly efficient in town, where frequent braking allows the battery to recharge, it’s less so on the motorway. The official WLTP figure for the car is 47.1mpg.
Buying an RX registered before 1 April 2017, when the tax regime changed, is a smart move; the hybrid will cost you considerably less to tax, because it’s taxed according to its low CO2 emissions, so you shouldn’t pay more than £120 a year. Every RX registered after 1 April 2017, by contrast, will cost £465 because all cost more than £40,000 when new, and thus come under the higher tax bracket.
Servicing costs are roughly on a par with the RX’s premium rivals – no better or worse – but one advantage Lexus does offer is clear and transparent service pricing, available on its website.