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Lexus RZ verdict

2022 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 53.5

Written by Murray Scullion Published: 5 June 2022 Updated: 5 June 2023

Should you buy one?

As the premium version of the Toyota bZ4X the RZ really works. It’s palpably more luxurious inside and is built as well as petrol-powered Lexus models are.

However, we can’t recommend one. If you’re in the market for an Audi Q4 E-Tron or Mercedes-Benz EQA, the RZ is a capable and intriguing alternative, which is good to drive and will stand out from the crowd.

But ultimately the battery tech and charging can’t compete with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 or Tesla Model Y. Whether you should opt for one or not is largely dependent on how far you drive. If you really don’t need a range of more than 200-ish (non-motorway) miles, it could be worth it. But if you regularly travel further than that, you’ll want to look elsewhere.

What we like

The interior manages to be modern and full of nice touches, while maintaining the solidity that Lexus buyers love. The ride is fantastically pliant at motorway speeds too.

What we don’t like

The range simply isn’t good enough, limiting its appeal to those who don’t actually drive that much. And it’s too expensive to be considered as a second car for most people. The infotainment is fiddly and the safety systems incredibly irritating.