LEXUS

LEXUS RX ESTATE 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack]

Fuel

FuelPetrol/Electric Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.7s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2178 g/km

SMARTENING UP THE ROUGH

As a perfect halfway house between family-sized and luxury-orientated SUVs, Lexus' RX has a lot going for it, thinks June Neary

Will It Suit Me?

I don't know about you but I struggle with the whole idea of taking a Lexus off road. You just can't get the core brand values out of your head and brand values for cars like these don't have much to do with mud. The last time I went over to the States, I noticed that Lexus dealers there were selling a rebadged version of Toyota's chunky, utilitarian-looking Land Cruiser V8. Now that would be a bit easier to take. But the fourth generation Lexus RX I've been driving here looks so sporty, so suburbia that my local green laners would laugh themselves silly if I took it along to one of their mid-plugging meets. Having said all that, it's difficult not to covet this car. You can just see the envious glances down at Tesco and the commuters scuttling out of the way as you bear down on them in the fast lane.

Practicalities

I loved the sleek shape which gives the car a rather dynamic, futuristic look that appears a little smaller than the class norm. Despite this, we found the plush cabin to be pretty spacious, this MK4 model sitting its passengers 19mm lower for better headroom. Lexus has paid special attention to the comfort of rear seat folk and by lowering the rear floor section has produced a seating position that bears comparison with the LS limousine. Cargo capacity is much as before and remains slightly compromised in hybrid guise, though will be sufficient for most owners. An alternative RX L model offers a third seating row. At the wheel, owners familiar with earlier generation RX models will find fewer changes to catch the eye, with a dashboard divided, as before, into upper and lower zones. Through the lovely leather-stitched wheel, you glimpse instruments that have a beautifully choreographed lighting sequence when you enter and exit the car, the left hand dial, as usual with Lexus hybrids, being a hybrid indicator rather than a rev counter, encouraging the driver to keep the needle in the blue 'Charge' and 'Eco' segments rather than the white 'Power' section above. Otherwise, things are much as you'd expect from any Lexus. I love the little touches, like the way the dual-speed electric windows automatically slow at the beginning and the end of their opening and closing sequence, so as to reduce cabin noise and vibration when you're on the move. Build quality is beyond reproach, though the use of Toyota switchgear (for those electric windows for example) does lower the tone slightly.

Behind the Wheel

So what's it like? Well you get in, luxuriate in the beautiful leather seats and enjoy the commanding SUV-style driving position before pressing the starter button to be greeted by.. nothing. The engine's running, true enough. It's just that at this point, it's doing so silently under battery power alone and if you've a gentle right foot, that's all it will continue to use at speeds of up to 30mph before the 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine kicks in, controlled via a six-speed CVT auto gearbox. But before I go any further, time perhaps, for a recap on hybrid technology. In case you're still unfamiliar with it, essentially this is a method of power that uses a combination of an internal combustion engine and electric motors. The petrol unit in question here is the 308bhp 3.5-litre V6 I've just mentioned and is supplemented by no fewer than two electric motors, with one located on each axle. The E-Four 4WD system's functions have been tuned for better response when accelerating through bends: there's no mention of off piste ability. Lexus doesn't think potential buyers will be interested - and they're probably right.

Value For Money

'Versatile' in Lexus language means five doors, a high driving position and enough four-wheel drive ability to make it across a ploughed field or tow a trailer out of a boggy car park. Just the attributes boasted by the car's direct £50,000-£60,000 luxury 4x4 rivals. For a fraction more, you could have the RX L version with its third seating row. Lexus is used to this kind of competition - and used to making its rivals look mean when it comes to specifications. The standard model includes just about everything you can imagine as standard. Careful pricing also puts this car within reach of those who might also be considering top versions of family off roaders like Land Rover's Discovery and Jeep's Grand Cherokee. It may not be as tough or as practical, but in comfort terms, it's in another world. If you've never been prepared to make the comfort compromises demanded by traditional plush SUVs, this car will make you think again.

Could I Live With One?

You can understand why the Lexus RX has been such a hit across the Atlantic in the market it was obviously designed for. It delivers, quite simply, what the shape and the badge promise: a Lexus luxury experience for those who want occasionally to venture slightly off the beaten track and need a more versatile alternative to a smart saloon. As a compromise choice for those undecided between a plush family 4x4 and a real luxury 4x4 model, it takes a lot of beating.

  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Privacy glass, rear doors and tailgate

  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Traction control
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution + Brake Assist
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Hill start assist
  • Electronically controlled braking

  • Textile carpet mats

  • Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM)
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

  • Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity
  • Wireless Smartphone charger
  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • Lexus link connected services with available optional wifi

  • Front and rear parking sensors with intelligent clearance sonar
  • 4 driving modes EV/Eco/Normal/Sport
  • Reversing camera with back guide lines
  • Lane change flasher function
  • Electric power steering

  • Push button starter
  • Hands free power boot lid operation with kick sensor

  • Analogue clock with GPS function
  • Multi-information display 4-inch TFT
  • Lexus Premium Navigation with full European map capability, street view and connected services
  • 12.3" Touchscreen display and remote touch interface

  • Heated, auto-folding door mirrors, auto dimming with rerverse tilt and memory
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror

  • Black grain inlay

  • AUX socket with VTR compatibility
  • DAB Digital radio
  • 12 speakers Pioneer audio
  • DVD
  • Front and rear USB ports

  • Roof rails

  • LED daytime running lights
  • Puddle lights
  • Headlight washers
  • LED brake lights and rear lights with emergency brake signal
  • LED cornering headlights
  • LED front fog lights
  • 3 eye LED headlights with auto high beam
  • LED front and rear sequential indicators

  • Dual zone climate control air conditioning system with S flow and Nanoe technology
  • Climate concierge

  • Centre and rear armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Small compartment to right of steering wheel
  • Glasses holder in roof lighting panel
  • Electrically adjustable leather steering wheel with paddle shifts and auto retraction function
  • Card holder installed in driver and passengers sun visors
  • 2 x fixed shopping bag hooks in boot
  • Self charging hybrid
  • 4 x tie down hooks in the boot
  • Electrically adjustable steering column
  • Smooth leather upholstery
  • Rear armrest with storage
  • Centre armrest with storage box
  • Leather gear lever
  • Heated steering wheel
  • 3 x 12V power sockets

  • LED interior illumination

  • WIL whiplash protection front seats
  • Driver/front passenger side airbags
  • Passenger airbag cut-off device
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Tyre pressure warning
  • Curtain airbags
  • Front passenger seat cushion airbag
  • Rear passenger side airbags
  • Driver and front passenger 2 stage airbag
  • 3 point ELR front and rear seatbelts with pretensioners
  • Lexus safety system + includes dynamic radar cruise control, pre collision system day and night, lane tracing assist, road sign, automatic high beam

  • 2 way manually adjustable rear headrests
  • 2 way manually adjustable front headrests
  • 2 map pockets in the rear
  • Driver's seat easy access auto retraction function
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat with 40/20/40 folding ability
  • Ventilated front seats
  • 2 way electric lumbar support
  • 8 way electrically adjustable front seats
  • Isofix standard child seat restraint mounting
  • Heated front seats
  • Sliding/reclining rear seats
  • Driver seat memory function

  • Smart keyless entry
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Security window etching
  • Two motion door lock with double lock
  • Anti theft system with alarm, intrusion sensor, tilt sensor, glass breakage sensor and engine immobiliser

  • 2 x Sunvisors with vanity mirror and lamp

  • 20" Alloy wheels

  • Temporary spare wheel

  • CO2 (g/km): 134
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • NOx: 0.007
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0001
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 188
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 152
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 156
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 209
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 178
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 180
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 183
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 144
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 146
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 158
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 162
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 215
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 221
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 180
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 178

  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder Layout: V6
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 13.0:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 94
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 83
  • CC: 3456
  • Engine Code: GYL25R-AWXGBW

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 9.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 7.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 7.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 8.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 9.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 9.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 7.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 8
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 34
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 42.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 30.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 35.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 35.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 34.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 43.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 40.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 39.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 29.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 29.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 35.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 35.3

  • Coin Series: Premium Pack
  • Coin Description: h
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Generation Mark: 4
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 313
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 41E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 34.2
  • Engine Power - KW: 230
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 247
  • Engine Torque - NM: 335
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 4600
  • Engine Power - BHP: 313
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.7
  • Top Speed: 124

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: True
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/55 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/55 R20

  • Width (including mirrors): 2180
  • Height: 1685
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4890
  • Width: 1895
  • Wheelbase: 2790

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2100
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2715
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 65
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 514
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 615
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1587
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 13.8

  • Metallic paint: £670
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Special Metallic paint: £920

  • Illuminated scuff plates: £299
  • Stainless Steel Scuff Plates: Included

  • Design pack - RX: £399
  • Protection Pack without Mudflaps - RX 450h: £399
  • Protection Pack with Mudflaps - RX 450h: £449

  • Metallic - Ice ecru: £670
  • Metallic - Terrane khaki: £670
  • Metallic - Copper brown: £670
  • Metallic - Mesa red: £670
  • Metallic - Graphite black: £670
  • Metallic - Deep blue: £670
  • Metallic - Mercury grey: £670

  • Solid - Velvet black: £0

  • Special metallic - Sonic titanium: £920
  • Special metallic - Sonic white: £920

  • Smooth leather - Rich cream: £0
  • Smooth leather - Black: £0
  • Smooth leather - Ivory: £0
  • Smooth leather - Ochre: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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