Car Reviews: Lexus RX300 SE-L – The AA

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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 beating its European for value for money, this SUV has all the right components – one crucial attribute: prestige. the X5 or ML-Class, the RX lacks the right in the eyes of many image-conscious Such snobbery is refreshingly from the minds of US buyers as the car is sold in vast quantities to more interested in build reliability and affordability.

And when delivers, they tend to loyal, which is why the RX is such a hit

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 relative to the of X5s, the RX300 affords a perverse level of exclusivity makers can only dream of. The decor may not be to everyone’s liking, with the substantial slabs of wood, but there’s no denying the car has presence and should perform – even in the hands of the demanding driver.

Our verdict on the RX300 SE-L

The RX300 upholds Lexus’ long-standing for offering a premium product for than the opposition with all the toys, while displaying a of refinement that is nothing of exemplary. Only the lack of horsepower or, better still, a engine prevents the RX from top marks for its abilities.


what you’re getting, the outlay for an RX is reasonable, as to spec a to a comparable level would you dearly. Minor servicing are every 10,000 miles, the major interval at 20,000 a surprisingly conservative schedule. users are penalised less for an RX over the more costly BMW X5 and ML, thanks in part to the Lexus’ CO2 figure.

While the RX cannot match the residual values of the X5, it performs considering its modest following 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.

Boosting visibility at night are intensity discharge (HID) plus the option to have follow your steering

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 without reproach inside and out, as Lexus has an enviable reputation for constructing as good as the German establishment. The to detail is commendable, and the overall you get is of a car that’s designed to last feeling utilitarian in any way. perceived image is less though.

Seen as gate an exclusive party for German the RX is often overlooked by buyers greater badge kudos.

While getting up into the RX is par for the for SUVs of this size, the SE-L’s air suspension helps the car somewhat with its adjustable Pressing a button lowers the car to a user-friendly ‘Access Mode’ allowing occupants an easy of entry and egress. The electrically tailgate fitted to all but the base is surprisingly useful, as is the powered column that moves out of the way you exit.

Stereo and ICE (In car entertainment)

reputation for fitting its cars top-notch audio remains with the RX300. Buyers of the and SE cars can experience a well-sorted, system that can swallow six CDs via an changer. SE-L-badged cars get the trademark audiophile-spec, 11-speaker Levinson system with the disc changer. All cars with steering wheel-mounted

Optional on the SE and standard on the SE-L, the Navigator sat-nav is clear, to programme and one of the best systems

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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