LEXUS

LEXUS RX ESTATE 450h L 3.5 Takumi 5dr CVT [6-seater]

Fuel

FuelPetrol/Electric Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2185 g/km

Large, plush SUV motoring is personified by the Lexus RX. Since an original launch back in 1998, it's been finding a select but loyal band of buyers, usually with hybrid power - though this car still doesn't offer the clever Plug-in technology now being used by other rivals in this segment. This revised version is better equipped and can, if you wish, also be ordered in 7-seat RX L guise. Let's check it out.

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The revised fourth generation Lexus RX looks a useful improvement. Jonathan Crouch reckons though, that'll it'll appeal to much the same kind of buyer.

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Large, plush SUV motoring is personified by the Lexus RX. Since an original launch back in 1998, it's been finding a select but loyal band of buyers, usually with hybrid power - though this car still doesn't offer the clever Plug-in technology now being used by other rivals in this segment. This revised version is better equipped and can, if you wish, also be ordered in 7-seat RX L guise. Let's check it out.

Background

In an era where other brands trumpet hybrid engines in the luxury SUV segment as if they're the latest thing, Lexus can afford to feel rather smug. Toyota's luxury brand has been selling petrol electric power in its RX model in this market sector since 2005 and has further refined that technology in the improved version of the fourth generation design that we're going to look at here. Surprisingly, the brand has chosen - for the moment at least - not to follow rivals in offering buyers hybrid power with a Plug-in option, but it has that technology at its fingertips for the future. Of course, not every buyer in this part of the market wants a hybrid, but Lexus doesn't agree with the diesel technology that rivals offer. Engines apart, this sharper MK4 model RX looks tempting, though it still won't be the first choice for those prioritising driving dynamics.

Driving Experience

Not too many dynamic changes feature here. Apparently the structure of this revised model's slightly stiffer. There are new shock absorbers. And the RX is now equipped with 'Active Cornering Assist' torque vectoring to maximise cornering traction. There are clever new 'BladeScan Adaptive High-beam headlights too. Otherwise, it's as you were. So what's the RX 450h hybrid 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. This mechanical package is much as it was before, with power rated at 308bhp and there's a useful 335Nm of torque for towing. It sounds good too, thanks to a sound generator system that creates a performance-style air intake roar. The E-Four 4WD system's functions have been tuned for sharp response when accelerating through bends. Don't expect too much in terms of off piste ability though. Lexus doesn't think potential buyers will be interested - and they're probably right. Instead, the brand has concentrated on improving the tarmac response of it's the steering and suspension systems in recent years, so as to create a more involving drive. And sure enough, the RX is still one of the most comfortable, refined SUVs in its class.

Design and Build

As before, there are two body styles - standard five-seat RX and seven-seat RX L. In this revised form, both variants get smarter bumpers and a re-designed front spindle grille. Inside, there's the same classy, spacious cabin that sits its passengers relatively low for better headroom. Lexus always does interiors very well, with lashings of leather and high quality trim. The brand has revised the multi-media centre-dash touchscreen and (at last) added in 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring into it. In fact, this car is now very well connected indeed. Using voice control, RX owners can access Apple Siri or Google Assistant via their smartphones. And they can also choose whether or not to use the Lexus Navigation system fitted in the vehicle or an alternative service on their smartphone. The Japanese designers say that they have paid special attention to the comfort of rear seat passengers with this RX. Lowering the rear floor section has produced a seating position that bears comparison with the LS limousine. In the seven-seat RX L variant, the third row chairs now have two different seating positions, with the additional new setting giving more legroom for the occupant when required. On both RX derivatives, cargo capacity remains slightly compromised by the hybrid batteries beneath the floor, though will be sufficient for most owners. There's a 453-litre boot with the second row seat back up in the RX model - which falls to 432-litres in an RX L model with the same configuration in place.

Market and Model

List prices start at around £51,000 for this car in base hybrid 450h 'RX'-spec form. Next up is the 'F Sport' version, costing around £55,000, then the top 'Takumi' derivative, priced at around £62,000. That's for the standard body shape. If you want the lengthened RX L 7-seat version, there's a premium to pay which varies from around £1,200 if you go for base trim to as little as around £300 if you've chosen top 'Takumi' spec. Pricing represents decent value compared to notable rivals like BMW's X5, Mercedes' GLE and the Range Rover Sport. All RX models, as you'd expect, are very well equipped. Across the range, you'll find standard features like full-leather upholstery, powered heated seats, dual-zone climate control, rear privacy glass, the Lexus Navigation system with an eight-inch display screen, a nine-speaker audio set-up with DAB, a reversing camera, LED headlamps, roof rails and dual chrome-tipped exhausts. Across the complete range, an improved Lexus Safety System+ package is fitted as standard, providing active safety systems that help prevent or mitigate collisions in the most common traffic accident scenarios. Elements include a Pre-Collision System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, Sway Warning System, Traffic Sign Recognition and an Automatic High Beam/Adaptive High-beam System.

Cost of Ownership

The WLTP combined cycle returns on offer from this RX450h - 35.3mpg-35.7mpg and emissions returns from 134g/km of CO2 with 18-inch wheels fitted - look very good indeed. You're essentially looking at diesel-style running costs with cheaper green pump fuel, plus the kind of CO2 figure that'll really make a difference when it comes to the bottom line figure on your tax return. Of course, much of the time - when you're waiting at a traffic crossing for example with the engine seamlessly disabled and battery power in motion - you won't be emitting any CO2 at all. Electric-only use doesn't just eliminate CO2 dirtiness: it also gets rid of Nox exhaust emissions too, green-friendliness today's government wants to incentivise. As a result, Lexus reckons that ownership of this car could save higher-rate tax payers a considerable amount when they compare this car against some of its less efficient diesel rivals. At the same time, the companies they work for will benefit from a handy 20% write-down allowance against tax.

Summary

This isn't the most capable luxury SUV you can buy. It isn't the sportiest to drive. And it's not the most affordable to buy. But despite all of that, it will continue to attract a significant following in this segment. Once you've bought the thing, after all, its running costs can be usefully less than even the most frugal of its diesel competitors. While other manufacturers dithered over hybrid technology, Toyota's Lexus division got on and developed it. Their first hybrid RX was an impressive achievement and this one has added a more stylish, spacious cabin and extra technology to existing strengths of comfort, refinement and a high specification. Overall though, the reasons you'll want to buy this car really haven't changed very much. Comfort, efficiency and class. As ever with Lexus.

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

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

  • Textile carpet mats

  • Adaptive variable suspension
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
  • Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM)

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

  • 360 degree panoramic view monitor
  • BSM - Blind spot monitoring
  • Lane change flasher function
  • 5 Driving modes EV/Normal/Eco/Sport/Sport+
  • Electric power steering
  • Reversing camera with back guide lines
  • Front and rear parking sensors with intelligent clearance sonar

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

  • Analogue clock with GPS function
  • Head up Display
  • 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

  • DAB Digital radio
  • AUX socket with VTR compatibility
  • DVD
  • Mark Levinson sound system with 15 speakers
  • Front and rear USB ports

  • Roof rails
  • Electric sunroof

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

  • Three 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
  • LED aluminium scuff plates
  • Self charging hybrid
  • Rear door sunshades
  • Electrically adjustable wooden and leather steering wheel with paddle shifts and auto retraction function
  • 2 x fixed shopping bag hooks in boot
  • Card holder installed in driver and passengers sun visors
  • Electrically adjustable steering column
  • 4 x tie down hooks in the boot
  • Semi-aniline leather upholstery
  • 3 x 12V power sockets
  • Rear armrest with storage
  • Leather gear lever
  • Centre armrest with storage box
  • Heated steering wheel

  • LED interior illumination
  • Unique LED illumination instrumnet panel

  • Lexus safety system + includes dynamic radar cruise control, pre collision system day and night, lane tracing assist, road sign, adaptive high beam
  • WIL whiplash protection front seats
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Passenger airbag cut-off device
  • Driver/front passenger side airbags
  • 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

  • 2 map pockets in the rear
  • Ventilated front seats
  • 4 way electric lumbar support for driver and front passenger
  • Electric folding 3rd row seats
  • Driver and passenger seat memory
  • 10 way electric power front seats
  • Sliding/reclining rear seats
  • Isofix standard child seat restraint mounting
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • 2 way manually adjustable rear headrests
  • 2 way manually adjustable front headrests
  • Driver's seat easy access auto retraction function
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat with 40/20/40 folding ability

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

  • 2 x Sunvisors with vanity mirror and lamp

  • 20" Takumi alloy wheels

  • Temporary spare wheel

  • CO2 (g/km): 138
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • NOx: 0.009
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0008
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 196
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 159
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 164
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 214
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 185
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 186
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 187
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 150
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 151
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 165
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 165
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 223
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 223
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 186
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 185

  • 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: GYL26R-ARXGBW

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 8.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 9.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 9.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 9.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 8.2
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 32.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 40.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 29.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 34.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 34.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 34.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 38.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 28.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 28.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 34.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 34.4

  • Coin Series: Takumi
  • Coin Description: h L
  • 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: 42E
  • 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): 8
  • Top Speed: 112

  • 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: 1700
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 5000
  • Width: 1895
  • Wheelbase: 2790

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2205
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2840
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 65
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 599
  • No. of Seats: 6
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Max. Loading Weight: 635
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1672
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 13.8

  • Bamboo laser cut dark wood inlay: Included
  • Dark brown shimamoku laser cut wood inlay: £0
  • Open pore walnut laser cut dark wood inlay: £0

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

  • Protection Pack with standard boot liner including Mud flaps - RX 450h L: £449
  • Protection Pack with standard boot liner excluding Mud flaps - RX 450h L: £399
  • Protection Pack with extended boot liner including Mud flaps - RX 450h L: £449
  • Protection Pack with extended boot liner excluding Mud flaps - RX 450h L: £399

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

  • Solid - Velvet black: £0

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

  • Semi-aniline leather - Black with Dark Brown Shimamoku Inlay: £0
  • Semi-aniline leather - Black with Open Pore Walnut Inlay: £0
  • Semi-aniline leather - Rich Cream with Dark Brown Shimamoku Inlay: £0
  • Semi-aniline leather - Rich Cream with Open Pore Walnut Inlay: £0
  • Semi-aniline leather - Ivory with Dark Brown Shimamoku Inlay: £0
  • Semi-aniline leather - Ivory with Open Pore Walnut Inlay: £0
  • Semi-aniline leather - Ochre with Open Pore Walnut Inlay: £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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