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Lexus RC

6/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Lexus RC

£38,935£69,065

Driving

What is it like on the road?

Lexus RC front

The rear-wheel drive RC grips well and handles tidily but, at, 1.7 tonnes, it’s a whole 170kg chunkier than its rivals. That’s two big bloke’s worth. As such, it was never going to be as sharp as them. So it proves through the corners, where the RC is okay but never particularly shows any great enthusiasm. It’s no BMW 4-Series or new Merc C-Class, this. But the payback is that it’s comfortable and composed. Ride quality is pliant and low noise levels enhance the sense of easy-going glide-along ability.

As for engines, you’ve a choice of the 241bhp RC 200t petrol and the 220bhp RC 300h hybrid. If you’ve any interest in driving, choose the former. 0-62mph is a second faster and, more importantly, it has a nice, conventional eight-speed automatic transmission instead of the hybrid’s CVT. Turbo torque means it doesn’t roar too loudly when you floor it, either…

Wildcard

How about something completely different?

Wildcard

7/10

Ford Mustang

£33,995
Wild, you ask? For the price of a 241bhp, four-cylinder Lexus RC, you can have a 435bhp, V8 Ford Mustang...
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