2015 Lexus RX | new car review
* Capacious boot makes for a very practical crossover.
* Gear lever placed on the dashboard is aesthetically disturbing.
Competing against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLK, BMW X3 and Audi Q5 in a rather competitive market segment, the 2015 Lexus RX is a luxurious and premium crossover, without being too garish. A bold spindle grille and distinctive LED’s, coupled with arrow head headlights and a beautiful rear end provide the RX with an unmistakable mark of distinction. In F Sport guise, the RX flaunts a revised front bumper with reworked fog lamp housings, mesh in the spindle grille, and a splattering of F Sport emblems inside and out.
With dashes of wood trim running along the door panels, cup holders, gear shifter and steering wheel, matched by matte aluminium trim that highlights the centre stack, steering wheel hub and glove compartment, the RX surely looks and feels the part of a premium crossover. Leg room and head room for front and rear passengers comes in abundance, along with 1,133 litres of boot space with the 2nd row seats in use.
The pre-crash safety system in the 2015 Lexus RX works in a way that if an obstacle is sighted, the system alerts the driver and preloads the brakes for effective stopping. Additionally, it also automatically engages the brakes and tightens seatbelts, if the collision is unavoidable.
What’s on offer?
The 2015 Lexus RX is fitted with a 3.5 litre V6 that is mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission and produces a mediocre 270 horsepower. The F Sport on the other hand is equipped with the same engine but is fitted with two extra cogs, making it an 8 speed automatic transmission. The hybrid variant, however, is the most powerful of the bunch as it produces an impressive combined 295 horsepower from the engine and electric motors.
In a competitive market segment, the Lexus RX has enough to stand out. With a price tag ranging from AED 179,000 – AED 257,000, it’s definitely worth considering if you’re in the market for a crossover. There’s a reason you’ll always see so many more RX’s on the road than any of its competitors after all.
|Specifications||2015 Lexus RX 350||2015 Lexus RX 350 F-Sport||2015 Lexus RX 450h|
|Engine/ Cylinders||3.5 litre / V6||3.5 litre / V6||3.5 litre / V6|
|Max Power |
|270 hp @ 6,200 RPM||270 hp @ 6,200 RPM||295 hp @ 6,000|
|336 Nm @ 4,700 RPM||336 Nm @ 4,700 RPM||317 Nm @ 4,800 RPM|
|Tranmission||6 speed automatic||8 speed automatic||CVT|
|Drive||Front Wheel Drive / All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive / All Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||7.7 secs||7.7 secs||7.8 secs|
|Top speed||180 km/h||180 km/h||180 km/h|
|Price||AED 179,000 - 245,000||AED 230,000||AED 242,000 - 257,000|