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Lexus RX ESTATE 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]

Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
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Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]
Lexus RX 450h 3.5 5dr CVT [Premium pack +Tech/Safety Pk]

Key Info Compare

  • FuelHybrid
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG0.00
  • 0-62mph7.7 secs
  • Top Speed124 mph
  • C02134 g/km
  • BHP313
  • Torque247 lbs/f
  • P11D31%

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.

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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.

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.

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Exterior Features
Solid paint
3 eye LED headlights with auto high beam
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Front and rear electric windows
Headlight washers
Heated, auto-folding door mirrors, auto dimming with rerverse tilt and memory
Intelligent clearance sonar
LED brake lights and rear lights with emergency brake signal
LED bulb indicators
LED cornering headlights
LED daytime running lights
LED front and rear sequential indicators
LED front fog lights
Panoramic opening glass sunroof
Privacy glass, rear doors and tailgate
Rain sensor windscreen wipers
Roof rails
Interior Features
Stainless Steel Scuff Plates
2 map pockets in the rear
2 way electric lumbar support
2 x fixed shopping bag hooks in boot
2 x Sunvisors with vanity mirror and lamp
3 x 12V power sockets
4 x tie down hooks in the boot
60/40 split folding rear seat with 40/20/40 folding ability
8 way electric adjust front seats
Card holder installed in driver and passengers sun visors
Centre and rear armrest with 2 cupholders
Centre armrest with storage box
Climate concierge
Driver's seat easy access auto retraction function and memory
Dual zone climate control air conditioning system with S flow and Nanoe technology
Glasses holder in roof lighting panel
Heated and ventilated front seats
Heated steering wheel
Isofix standard child seat restraint mounting
Leather gear lever
Leather steering wheel with paddle shifts
LED interior illumination
Lexus safety system +
Rear armrest with storage
Self charging hybrid
Sliding/reclining rear seats
Small compartment to right of steering wheel
Smooth leather upholstery
Textile carpet mats
Driver Convenience
12.3" Touchscreen display and remote touch interface
4 driving modes EV/Eco/Normal/Sport
Analogue clock with GPS function
Apple car play/Android Auto
Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity
BSM - Blind spot monitoring
Electric power steering
Front and rear parking sensors with intelligent clearance sonar
Hands free power boot lid operation with kick sensor
Head up Display
Lane change flasher function
Lexus link connected services with available optional wifi
Lexus Premium Navigation with full European map capability, street view and connected services
Lexus safety systems+Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with Road Sign Assist,pre crash safety day/night,lane keep assist,sway warning system,auto high beam
Multi-information display 4-inch TFT
Push button starter
Reversing camera
Wireless Smartphone charger
Entertainment
12 speakers
AUX socket with VTR compatibility
DAB Digital radio
Front and rear USB ports
Safety
3 point ELR front and rear seatbelts with pretensioners
ABS
Curtain airbags
Driver and front passenger 2 stage airbag
Driver/front passenger side airbags
Drivers knee airbag
EBD + Brake Assist
Electronic parking brake
Electronically controlled braking
Front passenger seat cushion airbag
Hill start assist
Passenger airbag cut-off device
RCTB - Rear cross traffic auto brake
Rear passenger side airbags
Traction control
Tyre pressure warning
WIL whiplash protection front seats
Security
Anti theft system with alarm, intrusion sensor, tilt sensor, glass breakage sensor and engine immobiliser
Locking wheel nuts
Security window etching
Smart keyless entry
Two motion door lock with double lock
Technical
Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM)
Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
Trim
Black grain inlay
Wheels
20" Alloy wheels
Temporary spare wheel
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 134
NOx 0.007
Particles 0.0001
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 183
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 179
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max 221
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min 216
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max 162
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min 159
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max 183
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min 181
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max 146
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min 145
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 3456
Compression Ratio 13.0:1
Cylinder Layout V6
Cylinders 6
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 94
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 83
Engine Code GYL25R-AWXGBW
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears 1 SPEED
Number of Valves 24
Transmission AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 7.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 9.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 9.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 7.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 8.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 6.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 6.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 35.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 35.7
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 29.1
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 29.7
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 39.7
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 40.3
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 34.8
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 35.3
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 43.4
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 44.1
General
Badge Engine CC 3.5
Badge Power 313
Coin Description h
Coin Series Prem pk+Tech/Sfty Pk
Generation Mark 4
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 41E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 10000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 7.7
Engine Power - BHP 313
Engine Power - KW 230
Engine Power - RPM 6000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 247
Engine Torque - MKG 34.2
Engine Torque - NM 335
Engine Torque - RPM 4600
Top Speed 124
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? Yes
Tyre Size Front 235/55 R20
Tyre Size Rear 235/55 R20
Tyre Size Spare SPACE SAVER
Wheel Type 20" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1685
Length 4890
Wheelbase 2790
Width 1895
Width (including mirrors) 2180
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 65
Gross Vehicle Weight 2715
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1587
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 514
Max. Loading Weight 615
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 2000
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 2100
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 13.8

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £608.67 p/m £18.60 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £692.40 p/m £13.65 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £699.51 p/m Call Us
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £732.68 p/m £42.27 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £759.99 p/m £53.37 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £786.41 p/m £78.09 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £811.98 p/m £95.40 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £561.45 p/m £31.13 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £570.00 p/m £24.84 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £580.48 p/m £31.95 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £609.13 p/m £40.09 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £640.40 p/m £69.64 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £668.15 p/m £90.27 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £698.95 p/m £107.62 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £518.10 p/m £47.14 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £526.72 p/m £27.00 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £535.58 p/m £33.09 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £559.25 p/m £56.24 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £584.13 p/m £78.29 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £609.98 p/m £103.12 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £632.12 p/m £117.51 p/m
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £730.40 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £830.88 p/m £16.39 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £845.07 p/m £16.56 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £879.22 p/m £50.73 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £911.99 p/m £64.05 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £943.69 p/m £93.71 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £974.38 p/m £114.48 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £673.75 p/m £37.36 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £684.00 p/m £29.81 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £696.58 p/m £38.34 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £730.96 p/m £48.10 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £768.48 p/m £83.57 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £801.78 p/m £108.33 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £838.74 p/m £129.15 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £621.72 p/m £56.57 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £632.06 p/m £32.40 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £642.70 p/m £39.71 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £671.11 p/m £67.48 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £700.96 p/m £93.95 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £731.98 p/m £123.75 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £758.55 p/m £141.01 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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An excess mileage charge will apply if you exceed the contracted mileage. The exact charge will be confirmed on the official quotation prior to your acceptance to proceed

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Metallic paint £670.00
Special Metallic paint £920.00
Interior Features
Illuminated scuff plates £299.00
Packs
Design pack - RX £399.00
Protection Pack with Mudflaps - RX 450h £449.00
Protection Pack without Mudflaps - RX 450h £399.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Copper brown £670.00
Metallic - Deep blue £670.00
Metallic - Graphite black £670.00
Metallic - Ice ecru £670.00
Metallic - Mercury grey £670.00
Metallic - Mesa red £670.00
Metallic - Terrane khaki £670.00
Solid - Velvet black FOC
Special metallic - Sonic titanium £920.00
Special metallic - Sonic white £920.00
Trim
Smooth leather - Black FOC
Smooth leather - Ochre FOC
Smooth leather - Rich cream FOC
* option prices shown are estimated