Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8
  • Should achieve top Euro NCAP score, if it’s tested
  • Wide array of driver assistance packages available
  • Both front seat occupants have knee airbags

Lexus RC

Although Lexus RC safety hasn’t been verified by the experts at Euro NCAP, its sibling, the IS saloon, received a five-star rating when it was tested in 2013. Every Lexus RC is equipped with eight airbags (including knee bags for both front seat occupants), a suite of electronic systems to bolster braking and handling capabilities, tyre pressure monitors, automatic main beam, a pair of Isofix child seat mounting points in the back and a pop-up bonnet to help cushion pedestrians in the event of a frontal impact.

The bodyshell has been constructed from high-tensile steel where possible, designed to dissipate any impact loads in the event of an accident and reduce cabin deformation to a minimum.

The Lexus Safety System+ - standard on all models - comes with adaptive cruise control, pre-crash safety system, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, automatic high beam and an adaptive LED lighting system.

  • Hybrid’s batteries compromise boot space
  • Rivals offer greater practicality
  • Restricted rear seat space

Lexus RC

The Lexus RC’s practicality is limited by the rakish coupe styling. Passengers up front are likely to have little to complain about but two adults relegated to the back seats are likely to be less enamoured by the experience.

It’s all beautifully trimmed but headroom is compromised by the tapering roofline and legroom’s on the tight side, too – particularly with the front seats slid rearwards. In between the rear seats is a central storage area, while the seat backs themselves are split 60/40 to add a degree of flexibility when hauling longer loads.

How much boot space you have at your disposal depends upon which version of the RC you opt for. Take the conventional RC 200t and there’s 374 litres of space available but the batteries under the floor of the 300h hybrid reduce that total to 340 litres– though the seats don’t fold and only offer a load-through ski-hatch facility.

Both figures are significantly short of the space on offer in the trio of German rivals: the BMW 4 Series Coupe offers 445 litres, the recently launched Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe musters 450 litres while the Audi A5 Coupe’s 455-litre total is the most generous in this company.

Elsewhere the cabin’s peppered with sensibly sized storage bins, easily accessible cupholders and a large glovebox.

Lexus RC

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Lexus RC.

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • DVD
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sports seats

Carbon equipment

Carbon standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Carbon optional equipment
  • Leather seat trim

F-Sport equipment

F-Sport standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
F-Sport optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

F-Sport Black Edition equipment

F-Sport Black Edition standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
F-Sport Black Edition optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Space saver spare wheel

Luxury equipment

Luxury standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Leather seat trim
Luxury optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Premier equipment

Premier standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Premier optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Space saver spare wheel

Takumi equipment

Takumi standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Takumi optional equipment
None available