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Lexus RX SUV - Interior & comfort

Although conservatively styled, the Lexus RX has a handsome and well-built interior

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Lexus RX dashboard

Lexus interiors lack the striking style of those designed by Audi, or the modern cool factor of Volvo, but they are very high-quality and extremely well built. The slightly conservative design, which includes wood finishes, analogue gauges and an analogue clock mounted centrally on the dash, won’t be to all tastes, but everyone should be able to appreciate the quality throughout.

Lower-spec RX models have an eight-inch screen to display infotainment and sat-nav, but moving up the range gets you a 12.3-inch screen. The latter looks particularly good, even if navigating the Lexus system isn’t the most intuitive of tasks, thanks to a rather odd track pad system that's used to navigate a pointer around the screen. It also lacks the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity offered by many rivals, and the sat nav isn't a big improvement on the systems that many current smartphones boast.

More impressive is the Lexus' head-up display, which the brand claims to be the largest fitted to any car in the world. It beams your speed, sat-nav directions, cruise control settings, speed limits and other information on to the windscreen in front of you, so you rarely have to take your eyes off the road.

Equipment

The standard RX is available in five trim levels: SE, Luxury, Sport, F Sport and Premier, while the stretched RX L is only available in SE, Luxury and Premier grades. All RX models come with climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, DAB digital radio, a reversing camera and an eight-inch infotainment screen.

Moving up to Luxury gets you a larger infotainment screen, a wireless phone charger, 20-inch alloy wheels, roof rails and electrically adjustable, heated and folding wing mirrors.

For 2018, Sport trim was added to the range, based on the Luxury model. It features black exterior trim, along with a grille featuring horizontal bars, flanked by foglights set in black surrounds. The theme continues with black 20-inch alloys and a black rear diffuser and door mirrors. Technology includes LED headlights and a 12-speaker Pioneer sound system.

F Sport cars come with a model-specific front bumper, black wing mirrors, sports seats, rear door sun shades and the AVS adjustable suspension system as standard. Top-of-the-range Premier cars come with blind-spot monitoring, heated leather seats, a 15-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound stereo system with DVD video playback, a 360-degree camera, the head-up display, adjustable suspension and a sunroof.

Options

Optional equipment includes different alloy wheel designs and a range of safety systems. Much of the standard equipment on the top-spec models can be ordered as individual options on the mid-range SE and Luxury models.

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