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Lexus RX

Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Lexus RX


On the inside

Layout, finish and space

When it comes to interiors, few do them as well as Lexus. Its designers practice omotenashi, which translates as ‘offering the best hospitality without the expectation of reward’. You climb up a little into the supportive driver’s seat and the view ahead is excellent, with little obstruction and generously sized door mirrors giving plenty of rearward visibility – even if the rear window is a tad shallow.

The seats, aside from the sportier versions in the RX’s F Sport spec, are akin to armchairs and add to the high levels of comfort. They can be heated or cooled, should you so desire.

All bar the base models get the Premium Navigation 12.3-inch display. It’s controlled via a quirky touchpad as ever, which is comfortable to use (there’s even a pad to rest your hand on), but it’s nowhere near as smooth or easy to navigate your way around as rotary-based controllers like BMW’s iDrive.

That aside, every button and switch exudes quality; the volume knob, for example, is more like something on a high-end home stereo system. You won’t hear any squeaks and rattles in here.

Passenger space is equally good, with plenty of head- and legroom complemented by generous door apertures. In the RX L, accessing the third-row seating isn’t that tricky; the middle row seats tilt and slide forward in one movement and can be set along a 150mm range to give those sat further back some extra space.

Where the RX L gets an edge over many other seven-seaters is that the rear seats are not only power operated, but get their own cupholders and air conditioning controls to keep the cool kids at the back of the bus, um, cool.

With all seven seats in place, there is still some boot space available (211 litres), certainly enough for a golf bag, buggy or several backpacks. Otherwise, in the RX L, you get 652 litres in the five-seat mode when the middle row is slid all the way forward, a good deal more than the 539 litres you get in the regular RX.

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