Car Reviews: Lexus RX300 SE-L — The AA

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As refined to as an executive saloon Standard levels shame its rivals tailgate more than a novelty Exclusivity of the Lexus


Engine can sound when pushed hard trim in cabin lacks the of the German opposition Absence of low gearbox limits RX’s capabilities Lack of a diesel will put off some buyers

RX300 might not be the first Sports Utility Vehicle that springs to mind assessing the merits of the current of high-rise luxury 4x4s, but Far Eastern alternative to BMW’s X5 and ML-Class offers exceptional and is refined on road.

Spend a few with the RX300 and you’ll be wondering why there are so few on the roads. The car is to the rafters with creature and safety kit, and possesses one of the refined drivetrains this of a Rolls-Royce Phantom.

Easily its European rivals for value for this premium SUV has all the right — except one crucial prestige. Unlike the X5 or ML-Class, the RX the right badge in the eyes of image-conscious consumers. Such is refreshingly absent from the of US buyers though, as the car is sold in quantities to people more in build quality, reliability and And when something delivers, tend to stay loyal, is why the RX is such a hit Stateside.

Things are looking up though, as the generation model has benefited a facelift and a series of thorough revisions. In a bid to compete against X5s, Volvo XC90s and MLs, the RX300 boasts a 3.0-litre engine, a new five-speed gearbox, a choice of conventional or air and a vast array of safety These features, plus the ability to tackle mild terrain thanks to its permanent drive, should go a long way to the critics and attracting more to the marque.

With so few on the road to the numbers of X5s, the RX300 owners a perverse level of European makers can only of. The cabin decor may not be to everyone’s what with the substantial of high-gloss wood, but there’s no that the car has presence and should faultlessly — even in the of the most demanding driver.

Our verdict on the Lexus RX300

The RX300 valiantly upholds long-standing reputation for offering a product for less than the with all the right toys, displaying a level of refinement is nothing short of exemplary. the lack of more horsepower or, still, a diesel engine the RX from receiving top marks for its


Considering what getting, the initial outlay for an RX is as to spec a rival to a comparable would cost you dearly. servicing intervals are every miles, with the major at 20,000 — a surprisingly schedule. Company users are less for choosing an RX over the costly BMW X5 and Mercedes ML, thanks in to the Lexus’ lower CO2 figure. the RX cannot match the gravity-defying values of the X5, it performs well its modest following outside the US.

and practicality

For what is essentially a high-rise car, the RX offers generous of space both front and Headroom is good, and the ability to adults in the back with inches to spare is welcome. loadspace is equally abundant at 439 and the SE-L’s powered tailgate is a when loaded down armfuls of shopping. The rear splits and folds for larger plus there’s the usual of cubbyholes around the cabin.

and display


Car security


Lexus, and parent company is rapidly becoming a credible to the likes of Volvo in the race to the safest cars, if the amount of kit on the RX is anything to go by. Aside from the now plethora of kit such as ISOFIX points, anti-lock brakes and all of electronic traction aids, the RX nine airbags. The odd one out being a knee bag located under the column. Boosting visibility at are high intensity discharge headlamps, plus the option to them follow your input.

Driver appeal


Having to a balance between pounding safely and remaining composed the, admittedly slim, of being driven off road is no feat. The RX is no match for the class BMW X5, but it will faithfully follow from the helm and can be driven a surprising degree of enthusiasm. in these situations that the air reigns supreme, but the party is by steering that lacks and an engine devoid of any serious

Family car appeal

First car

Quality and image

Quality is reproach both inside and as Lexus has amassed an enviable for constructing cars as good as the establishment. The attention to detail is and the overall feeling you get is of a car that’s to last without feeling in any way. Lexus’ perceived is less clear-cut, though. as gate crashing an exclusive for German execs, the RX is often by buyers seeking greater kudos.


While up into the RX is par for the course for SUVs of size, the flagship SE-L’s air helps redeem the car somewhat its adjustable ride-height. Pressing a lowers the car to a more user-friendly Mode’ height, allowing an easy method of entry and The electrically operated tailgate to all but the base model is surprisingly as is the powered steering column moves out of the way when you exit.

Stereo and ICE (In car entertainment)

Lexus’ for fitting its cars with audio remains intact the RX300. Buyers of the base and SE can experience a well-sorted, eight-speaker that can swallow six CDs via an in-dash SE-L-badged cars get the firm’s audiophile-spec, 11-speaker Mark system with the same changer. All cars come steering wheel-mounted controls. on the SE and standard on the SE-L, the firm’s sat-nav is clear, easy to and one of the best systems around.

Parking Assist Monitor is a tool to aid reversing

Colours and

There is a certain Judge about the RX300, what its imposing stance and angular window layout. With in mind, black is a surprisingly exterior colour for the high-rise Silver is, predictably, another choice, and is more likely to the car’s residual value. for the base model, leather is ensuring the RX’s cabin suitably inviting. Alas, the decorating the centre console match the quality of the European


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