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      Launch year
      2015
      Body type
      SUV
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Hybrid
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Luxury SUV with hybrid power

Best bits

  • Impressively comfortable ride
  • Really solidly built
  • Lexus has an impeccable reliability record

Not so great

  • Infotainment system isn’t great
  • Rivals offer a more rounded driving experience
  • Hybrid drivetrain won’t suit long-distance drivers

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Overall verdict

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On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"It’s fair to say that the British public have never quite taken to the Lexus brand with quite the same ardor or enthusiasm as the Americans or the Japanese, but the RX is one of the firm’s success stories in the UK. "

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Now in its fourth generation, it’s historically one of the firm’s best-selling cars on these shores, with earlier versions offering buyers an alternative choice in the luxury SUV market in the days when there weren’t that many to choose from. These days, though, buyers can barely move for all the luxury SUVs fighting for their custom. So, what does the latest RX do in order to stand out from a very crowded crowd?


Well, there’s one key difference, and that’s that the RX is a self-charging hybrid. Not a mild hybrid, not a plug-in hybrid, but a self-charging hybrid. Examples of both alternatives are now plentiful in the luxury SUV market, but the RX sits somewhere in between. 


With a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and two electric motors to provide occasional all-electric drive, along with permanent electrically assisted drive, it’s more sophisticated and more efficient than a mild hybrid, which might employ something as simple as a posh starter motor to technically qualify as a hybrid. 


That said, it can’t match the all-electric driving range, or the fantastically ludicrous official mpg figures, of a plug-in hybrid. However, neither is it as expensive to buy, and if you drive it in the right way, it has the potential to be just as economical in the real world. It offers you many of the same tax advantages, too. Food for thought, that.


The hybrid system is by no means all that the RX has got going for it, though. It’s more interestingly styled than most of the competition, it’s certainly less ubiquitous, and has an interior that, while maybe not quite as lustrous as the best rivals from Germany, has them matched every step of the way for build quality. It’s also supremely well stocked with kit, in terms of both luxury and safety.


Granted, we won’t go pretending the RX is perfect. The infotainment system is fiddly to use, the boot is smaller than you get in most rivals, interior space is a fraction tighter and, while the ride is impressively cosseting, some rivals manage to combine even better comfort with considerably sharper handling, so it’s not as well rounded on the road.


Having said all that, though, the RX remains a very appealing choice, made even more appealing by the fact that Lexus’ reputation for reliability and customer service is second-to-none in the car industry. For many buyers, that’ll be enough on its own, but the big Lexus has plenty more going for it besides.

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Lexus RX

450h 3.5 Luxury 5dr CVT [Pan roof]

  • 2018
  • 20,851 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Steven Eagell Lexus Birmingham
  • Birmingham, B249HF
Price:£34,345
PCP: £441.94/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £441.94, Customer Deposit: £5,151.00, Total Deposit: £5,151.75, Optional Final Payment: £17,066.25, Total Charge For Credit: £3,340.90, Total Amount Payable: £37,685.90, Representative APR: 4.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 3.81%, Excess Mileage Charge: 17ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Lexus RX

450h 3.5 F-Sport 5dr CVT

  • 2019
  • 11,846 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Steven Eagell Lexus Milton Keynes
  • Milton Keynes, MK139HA
Price:£42,990
PCP: £599.74/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £599.74, Customer Deposit: £6,448.00, Total Deposit: £6,448.50, Optional Final Payment: £19,610.00, Total Charge For Credit: £4,059.40, Total Amount Payable: £47,049.40, Representative APR: 4.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 3.7%, Excess Mileage Charge: 17ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Lexus RX right for you?

That depends greatly on the type of driving you do. If you spend your days chugging up and down motorways, probably not. One of the RX’s diesel powered rivals will probably prove more relaxed and cheaper to run. 


However, if you spend your days tiptoeing around urban environments, where the RX can make maximum use of the electric bits of its self-charging-hybrid powertrain, then this car might make much more sense for you. Low CO2 emissions also make it a relatively affordable choice for company car drivers. What’s more, if you’re looking for a car that’s well equipped, impeccably built, roomy, comfortable and faultlessly reliable, things look even better for the RX.

What's the best Lexus RX model/engine to choose?

A turbocharged petrol version was offered early on in the RX’s life, but that was only on sale for less than two years before it was discontinued. It was cheaper to buy than the alternative - a hybrid that combines a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine with two electric motors - but it was also much thirstier.


These days, it’s just the hybrid - known as the 450h - that’s left, and it’s definitely our pick of the pair. It stays quiet and smooth if you treat it gently, and if you spend most of your days in an urban environment, it’ll be very efficient, too.


On the trim front, we can’t see much reason to upgrade from the basic RX, which comes with all the creature comforts you’d need. The range-topping Takumi may come with all the extra features you can think of, but it’s a lot pricier.

What other cars are similar to the Lexus RX?

It’s a big, luxury SUV with five seats, and that means it’s not short of very popular rivals. The BMW X5 will probably be the most recognisable for most people, while others include the Mercedes GLE, Jaguar F-Pace and Range Rover Velar


The BMW and Merc also offer buyers the option of seven seats - which the Lexus does, too, in the form of the RX L - and so you’ll also need to factor other seven-seat luxury SUVs into the mix as well. These include the Audi Q7, Land Rover Discovery and Volvo XC90: all of them will be competing for your cash.

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On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification