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New Lexus NX vs used Range Rover Sport: interiors

Two plug-in hybrid SUVs battle it out: the brand new Lexus NX and the hugely prestigious Range Rover Sport, which is available for similar money if you buy used...

Lexus NX 450h dashboard


Driving position, visibility, build quality

For the most commanding driving position, look to the Range Rover Sport. While it cocoons you with its large centre console and high-set dashboard, it also has you towering over nearly everything without a Scania badge. Plus, the excellent view ahead is matched by great rearwards visibility, and you get front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera as standard; only a surround-view camera would have cost its original owner extra.

Your view isn't as good in the Lexus NX, because its less lofty seating is combined with thicker window pillars, although again parking shouldn't be too much of a problem, thanks to the presence of front and rear sensors and – on F Sport models – a 360-degree camera.

Range Rover Sport dashboard

In addition, the front seats in both cars feature good bolstering and electric adjustment, including for lumbar, so you're unlikely to suffer aches and pains, even after hours behind the wheel.

The interior of the Sport also offers the sort of wow factor you'd expect from a Range Rover; there's some impressive attention to detail on show, from the stitching on the leather upholstery to the numerous metal inlays. But then again, the NX also has a suitably upmarket ambience, and if anything it feels more solidly constructed.

Infotainment systems

Lexus NX

Lexus NX 450h touchscreen

The NX's infotainment touchscreen – measuring 14.0in on F Sport trim and above – is intuitive and quick to respond. Its icons are well spaced out and, unlike many modern set-ups, you'll find good old-fashioned dials for the climate control. They make it easier to operate and less distracting when you're driving. 

Range Rover Sport

Range Rover Sport touchscreen

As part of a 2018 update, Land Rover gave the Sport a new infotainment system. The good news is that the 10.0in screen is high in definition and you can adjust its angle to suit your driving position. Less impressive is how long it can sometimes take for the system to respond to commands, as well as the small home icon that's tricky to press while driving – we'd prefer a physical home button.