What Is it?
The Lexus RX 450h is a hybrid-powered, four-wheel drive sports utility vehicle with five seats and a large boot. Lexus claims it has been “engineered without compromise” and is “capable of resetting benchmarks for performance, comfort and craftsmanship”.
What Are The Engine Options?
Power comes from a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and two electric motors. The combination produces 299hp and 700Nm of torque and is capable of sending the 450h from 0 to 62mph in 7.8 seconds.
The RX 450h averages 44.8mpg rising to 47.1mpg on the extra-urban cycle. It returns 43.5mpg through town. Carbon emissions are 145g/km which equates to Road Tax Band F.
Furthermore, if there is enough charge in the battery it can briefly travel at 25mph on electric power alone. During this period it does not burn petrol so carbon emissions fall to zero.
Power is sent to the four-wheel drive system via continuously variable auto transmission.
What Are The Trim Options?
The SE trim has: traction control, reversing camera, tyre pressure monitoring system, leather and a memory function for the driver seat, steering wheel and exterior mirrors.
The Luxury trim adds: a self-dimming rear-view mirror to reduce headlight glare from following traffic, extra speakers, a digital radio, satellite navigation and parking sensors.
The Advance – which is available for a limited period - also incorporates: electric, speed sensitive, power steering and LED headlights. These complement the upgraded Mark Levinson stereo. The exterior has a darkened grille, 5-spoke wheels and a unique bumper.
The F Sport trim has more assertive styling than its siblings. It includes a low front bumper, recessed fog lights and shaded wheels. The cabin has smoother leather and aluminium inserts. This trim also has “performance dampers” that – according to Lexus - make the steering feel more responsive, the car more agile, and the ride smoother.
The Premier trim adds air suspension that can be raised/lowered as required. It can be lowered to improve aerodynamic performance at speed or to load the boot, then raised to clear off-road hazards such as rocks. This top of the range trim also benefits from heated and ventilated front seats, LED scuff plate illumination and an electric sunroof.
Anything Else I Need To Know?
Cargo capacity is 496-litres rising to 1,570 with the rear seats flat. These figures are comparable to a family estate such as the Ford Focus. Furthermore, the rear seats – rather than splitting into two sections like most cars – spilt 40/20/40 to maximise versatility.
How Much Is It?
The 450h SE trim costs £44,495 and the Luxury £48,495. The Advance – while briefly available – is £48,495. The F Sport costs £51,995 and the Premier is priced at £55,495.