2012 Lexus RX450h F Sport review – What Car?

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2012 Lexus RX450h F review

The Lexus RX450h F is the sporty, attention-grabbing version of the newly updated hybrid

It uses a 3.5-litre V6 petrol mated to an electric motor, helps it accelerate from in 7.8 seconds. It also averages a 44.8mpg and achieves a CO2 figure of

All new RX450h models get a ‘spindle’-shaped grille and redesigned tail-lights. the interior features more and an upgraded version of Lexus’s Touch infotainment controller.

F Sport cars add 19-inch a deeper front bumper, LED headlights and sportier chassis including a lateral damper that improves stability.

the 2012 Lexus RX450h F like to drive?

Move off and the RX450h is in full electric When you ask for more urge the engine kicks in seamlessly, the electric motor helping out at speeds, too.

Hybrid powertrain combines a V6 petrol engine and an electric

Progress is generally hushed, under hard acceleration the CVT auto gearbox holds the at high revs, making it noisy and strained.

All RXs gains a new mode, which sharpens the and steering responses, and makes the and traction control systems intrusive.

The RX feels more taut in mode, but there’s still a amount of body roll, and the feels heavy and vague.

The dampers are designed to improve comfort by absorbing small However, the F Sport’s ride is unsettled, and bumps and broken thud into the cabin. At there’s little wind or noise to disrupt the peace at

Even in F Sport trim, the isn’t particularly sporty to

What’s the 2012 Lexus F Sport like inside?

The has a luxurious and well-built cabin, and easy to find a comfortable position because there’s a range of electric adjustment.

interior trim; Remote controller is fiddly to use

F Sport cars get leather and a handsome new steering wheel, as as drilled aluminium pedals continue the sporty theme.

The screen is large and easy to However, the mouse-like Remote controller is still too fiddly to use on the

There’s plenty of head- and for front and rear passengers, but the boot is large, many are bigger.

Should I buy one?

The F Sport is beautifully made and equipped, and it will be cheap to run as a car because it qualifies for the 20% company car tax a diesel BMW X5 is charged at 33%.

The RX450h SE is even more though, because it’s cheaper. It’s just a the RX doesn’t ride or handle as as a luxury SUV should.

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