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.

Space and practicality

For what is a high-rise executive car, the RX generous amounts of space front and rear. Headroom is and the ability to seat adults in the with cubic inches to is welcome. Rear loadspace is abundant at 439 litres and the SE-L’s tailgate is a boon when down with armfuls of The rear bench splits and for larger loads, plus the usual sprinkling of cubbyholes the cabin.

Controls and display

Car security

Car safety

Lexus, and company Toyota, is rapidly a credible alternative to the likes of in the race to make the safest if the amount of kit heaped on the RX is anything to go by. from the now expected plethora of kit as ISOFIX mounting points, brakes and all manner of electronic aids, the RX features nine The odd one out being a driver’s knee bag under the steering column. visibility at night are high discharge (HID) headlamps, the option to have them your steering input.

Driver appeal

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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 getting up the RX is par for the course for SUVs of this the flagship SE-L’s air suspension redeem the car somewhat with its ride-height. Pressing a button the car to a more user-friendly ‘Access height, allowing occupants an method of entry and egress. The operated tailgate fitted to all but the model is surprisingly useful, as is the steering column that out of the way when you exit.

Stereo and ICE (In car

Lexus’ reputation for fitting its with top-notch audio intact with the RX300. of the base and SE cars can experience a eight-speaker system that can six CDs via an in-dash changer. SE-L-badged get the firm’s trademark audiophile-spec, Mark Levinson system the same disc changer. All come with steering controls. Optional on the SE and standard on the the firm’s Navigator sat-nav is easy to programme and one of the best around.

Lexus’ Parking Assist is a useful tool to aid reversing

and trim

There is a certain Dredd-look about the RX300, with its imposing stance and rear window layout. that in mind, black is a flattering exterior colour for the Lexus. Silver is, predictably, sound choice, and is more to boost the car’s residual Save for the base model, is standard, ensuring the RX’s looks suitably inviting. the wood decorating the centre cannot match the quality of the competition.

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