Lexus SUVs

The full guide to sharp-edged and hybrid-powered Lexus SUVs

BuyaCar team
May 18, 2018

Lexus is Toyota's upmarket sub-brand, aimed directly at the likes of BMW, Audi and Mercedes.

It is well known for its strong customer satisfaction, and regularly tops the Driver Power Survey results.

Lexus only has two SUVs at the moment, the NX, and the RX. These have the high driving position and interior space of a typical sport utlity vehicle (SUV), but aren't really designed to go off road.

The smaller of the pair, the NX, competes with the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. It’s ideal for a couple or small family who do a lot of urban driving. Like all Lexus models, it trades on eye-catching looks and good refinement.

The other model is called the RX. Its rivals include the BMW X5 and Audi Q7. It’s better suited to a large, active family. Like its smaller relative, looks and comfort levels are its forte.

Both models have an excellent reliability record but they don't feel as nimble or precise to drive as alternative SUVs.

Lexus NX

Best Lexus SUV for company car drivers
Not so good for sporty drivers

The NX is among the more striking looking SUVs, and feels well made too. It’s quiet in most conditions, with a smooth engine and a comfortable ride on motorways.

That sense of calm disappears on more twisting and bumpy roads, where the NX crashes into potholes and jiggles over bumps, When you steer, there's no sense that you're turning the wheels, so it can be difficult to work out exactly how much you need to steer in each corner.

In common with other Lexus models, there’s no diesel engine. Instead, there are two petrols, one of them a hybrid, which depending whether you go for the two or four-wheel drive version, costs £30 or £110 to tax: not much for a premium SUV.

Lexus RX

Best Lexus SUV for comfort
Not so good for driving enthusiasts

The RX is another striking dinstinctive-looking Lexus, which stands out from the relatively conservative BMW X5 and Audi Q7. The level of comfort and quality inside is impressive, as is the technology and sound insulation.

But like the NX, it's not as good as alternatives on twisty roads, where it feels big, bulky and lethargic. Rivals also offer efficient diesel engines where the RX makes do with a choice of two petrol engines, one of them a hybrid. This last one emits low levels of CO2 for such a big car, so will appeal to company car drivers.

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