Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • Plenty of space for a family
  • Boot size not as good as rivals’
  • Powered tailgate boosts practicality

It’s a longer and wider car than ever, and so comfort levels have understandably improved in the RX, compared with previous versions. This generation of RX was actually designed with a more spacious interior in mind, particularly for rear seat passengers.

A new frame skeleton for the front seats unlocks an extra 20mm of rear legroom, while in the front there’s an extra 15mm of height adjustment.

There’s more than adequate space for four adults, but it’s worth noting that some rivals will seat seven – albeit in less comfort. There is a seven seat version on sale called the RX L, to suit this need, but it’s a separate model rather than an enhancement of this car. In the five seat version a fifth passenger is a possibility, but it’s going to be a squeeze between two adults sitting in the back.

Still, front and rear passengers get loads of headroom and leg space, and the split rear bench slides forward to allow a little leeway between rear cabin room and boot room – the rear seats also recline slightly.

The RX is a big car, but doesn’t feel too enormous. Good forward visibility and large mirrors help to place the car on the road, but it’s a slightly different story when you come to reverse and look out the back.

2019 Lexus RX rear seats

That striking design means rearward visibility is restricted, so it’s a good thing the RX is available with a selection of sensors and cameras all around the car to assist with parking in tight spaces. With these fitted, it’s actually surprisingly easy to manoeuvre in town.

The luggage area itself measures 453 litres with the rear seats up and 924 litres with them folded away – which is smaller than some small estate cars, so buyers looking for the most spacious large SUV may want to search elsewhere.

The reason it’s smaller than some is that the batteries for the hybrid system are located beneath the boot floor, which also explains why the floor is quite high.

A powered tailgate which features a neat opening system where you simply hold your hand over the Lexus badge on the tailgate for a few seconds is available, and is a helpful addition when you need to load the car with your hands full.

Unfortunately, not only do you have to wait too long for the boot to start moving, but it takes ages to fully open as well. Not ideal when it’s raining and you’ve got a load of shopping to load into the car – best to start the boot opening via the key from a decent distance.

Safety

  • Five stars from Euro NCAP
  • Lots of safety kit across range
  • Safety System Plus standard

Take one look at the kit on board and it’s clear that on the Lexus RX, safety is paramount.

The body structure has been developed with strength and rigidity in mind, while each car gets ten airbags dotted around the cabin. It’s these core traits which helped the RX score the maximum five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests in 2015, the car doing particularly well for both adult and child occupant protection.

Comprehensive suite of safety systems

The Lexus Safety System Plus is an all-encompassing name for much of the rest of the on-board safety equipment, and features a front-mounted camera along with radar to provide warning of an impending crash, extra braking force if the car detects it needs it, and finally automatic braking if the driver doesn’t take the appropriate action. This system includes adaptive cruise control.

Also thrown into the Safety System Plus is an active lane-keeping assistance feature, which warns and then steers you back into your lane if the car detects you drifting without intending to or without using the indicator.

As well as steering you back, it also vibrates the wheel to let you know it’s operating if you start to drift. An automatic high-beam headlight system and traffic sign recognition feature too, while Premier models get an adaptive high-beam system which adjusts beam distribution to avoid dazzling other road users instead of simply switching to dipped beams.

2019 Lexus RX headlights

Sway Warning is a further standard feature, which can detect swaying caused by driver fatigue or distraction, warning that they should really take a break.

More kit available on higher trims

On more expensive models there’s yet more safety kit, with the 360-degree parking monitor along with a blind spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert for pulling out of parking spaces and the Parking Assist Monitor, which features lines on the screen of the parking camera to make parking easier. Front and rear audible parking sensors are included too.

Safety equipment upgraded in 2020

The scope of the Lexus Safety System+ was broadened for the 2020 model year - the Pre-Collision System in particular is now able to detect pedestrians day and night, and even pick up cyclists in the daytime.

A world’s first innovation is also available in the form of the optional BladeScan adaptive headlights, which use a rapidly rotating blade-shaped mirror to direct light from the LED headlamps.

This offers a more accurate beam pattern than more normal adaptive LED units, and less of an obvious sensation of the when sections of the light are shut off for oncoming motorists and such.

Basic equipment

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

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Front electric windows
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • 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
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Central locking
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • DVD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Roof rails
  • Service indicator

F-Sport equipment

F-Sport standard equipment
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
F-Sport optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Roof rails
  • Service indicator

Luxury equipment

Luxury standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
Luxury optional equipment
  • Roof rails

Premier equipment

Premier standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
Premier optional equipment
  • Electric sunroof

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
S optional equipment
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE optional equipment
None available

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
Sport optional equipment
  • Roof rails

Takumi equipment

Takumi standard equipment
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
Takumi optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Service indicator

Trophy-R equipment

Trophy-R standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
Trophy-R optional equipment
  • Central locking
  • Climate control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Lexus RX SUV was tested by Euro NCAP in 2015 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2015
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 91%
Child Occupant: 82%
Vulnerable Road Users: 79%
Safety Assist: 77%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.