The fourth generation Lexus RX is extremely refined with improved usability but is let down by the way it drives. Although the hybrid version remains a compelling option
Lexus RX 450hL Premier 2018 review
An extra row of seats helps broaden the appeal of the only premium seven-seat hybrid SUV that can charge itself
2016 Lexus RX 450h Premier review
First UK drive of latest RX reveals it's strong on performance, outstandingly refined with improved on usability – but still not our cup of tea to drive
After 20 years, 2.7 million global sales and four model generations, this new RX 450hL represents the first time Lexus has offered its large SUV with a seven-seat layout. In fact, it’s the first seven-seater the Japanese luxury manufacturer has offered in Europe full stop.
Priced from £50,995, it takes aim at the likes of the Volvo XC90, BMW X5 and Audi Q7 at the premium end of the seven-seat SUV market; with Lexus hoping to appeal to so-called “premium families” on the basis that it’s the only seven-seat, high-end self-charging hybrid SUV money can buy.
In converting regular RX to plus-size RX L, Lexus has extended the base model’s rear overhang by 110mm, bringing the SUV’s overall length to 5000mm. The rear windscreen has also been set to a steeper angle in an attempt to improve head room in the third row.
As with the five-seat model, power comes from a 3.5-litre, naturally aspirated V6 that, along with an electric motor at the front axle, drives the front wheels. Meanwhile, a second electric motor at the rear combines to give the RX 450hL four-wheel drive. All up, total power output sits at 308bhp, with the sprint from 0-62mph being dispatched in a claimed 8.0sec.