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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

There should be no problems finding a good driving position. All cars have an eight-way electrically-adjustable driver's seat plus there's good all-round visibility. SE-L models have a rear-mounted reversing camera to make parking easier. But while the dash is neatly styled, there are a lot of buttons to contend with and it doesn't feel or look especially sophisticated.

The RX400h has aluminium dash and centre console trim rather than the 'designed for American tastes' wood of the RX300 and RX350.

Thanks to a smooth and supple ride, the RX is cosseting - even on rough roads. It's very refined and wind and road noise are kept to a minimum while the automatic gearbox offers super smooth changes. The soft seats (leather on most models) are great for long journeys and there's plenty of room in the back with especially generous legroom - although the large central console means foot space is limited for anyone sitting in the middle seat.

The petrol-electric hybrid version is exceptionally refined being utterly silent in some situations and the CVT helps keep the revs down.