Lexus Rx

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



BEST PRICE

£51,724 

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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.


Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
RX ESTATE
450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack]
HYBRID
£51,724.00
RX ESTATE
450h L 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack]
HYBRID
£53,164.00
RX ESTATE
450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack + Pan roof]
HYBRID
£53,174.00
RX ESTATE
450h L 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack + Sun roof]
HYBRID
£54,164.00
RX ESTATE
450h 3.5 F-Sport 5dr CVT
HYBRID
£54,224.00
RX ESTATE
450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
HYBRID
£54,274.00
RX ESTATE
450h L 3.5 5dr CVT[Premium +Tech/Safety pack]
HYBRID
£55,264.00
RX ESTATE
450h 3.5 F-Sport 5dr CVT [Pan roof]
HYBRID
£55,674.00
RX ESTATE
450h 3.5 F-Sport 5dr CVT [Premium +Tech/Safety pk]
HYBRID
£56,774.00
RX ESTATE
450h 3.5 F-Sport 5dr CVT [Takumi pack]
HYBRID
£59,724.00
RX ESTATE
450h 3.5 Takumi 5dr CVT
HYBRID
£60,724.00
RX ESTATE
450h L 3.5 Takumi 5dr CVT
HYBRID
£61,624.00

Ten Second Review

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.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)
134
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
NOx
0.007
Particles
0.0001
Engine and Drive Train
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
Engine Code
GYL25R-AWXGBW
Cylinders - Bore (mm)
94
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
83
CC
3456
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
True
General
Coin Series
Premium Pack
Coin Description
h
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
60000
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
3
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
12
Service Interval Mileage
10000
Service Interval Frequency - Months
12
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
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
41E
Safety Concerns?
False
Generation Mark
4
Performance
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
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Tyre Size Front
235/55 R20
Alloys?
True
Space Saver?
True
Tyre Size Rear
235/55 R20
Tyre Size Spare
SPACE SAVER
Wheel Type
20" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Width (including mirrors)
2180
Height
1685
Length
4890
Width
1895
Wheelbase
2790
Weight and Capacities
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
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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.
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