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      Auto Advisor    February 18, 2020

     Lexus RX350 the sweet spot

    The Lexus RX has been around for 21 years and in that time some 3-million units have found homes, making it the brand’s most successful model. Recently, the RX received a mid-life update, and we received the 350 F-Sport to review.

    What’s new?

    The updated RX gets new LED headlights and in the case of our tester, automatic high-beam functionality and the optional AHS blade scan system which allows the brights to remain on without blinding other road users. Other changes up front include a revised grille while at the rear there are new LED taillamps with an L-shape and the lower bumper has been reshaped.

    Inside, the 12.3-inch infotainment system has been better positioned and offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. There is also a now a touch pad to control the infotainment system, which I find to be a step backwards, as it makes scrolling through the system more difficult.

    Other additions to the interior are a new smartphone holder which sits to the left of the gear lever and comes in really handy along with four USB charge points, two of which support media functionality. As standard, the RX models also come with Lexus Connect, a Wi-Fi connection, with 15GB of free data which allows for improved car-to-device connectivity and access to the MyLexus app.

    New F Sport model

    The latest addition to the range is the Sport model, which adds some sport aesthetics to the line-up. This model gets a sportier front bumper and grille, model-specific alloy wheels, black accents and F Sport badging. The interior features aluminium interior accents, the option of red or black leather seats along with an F Sport steering wheel.

    Driving RX

    The F-Sport derivative produces 221kW and 370 N.m from a 3.5-litre naturally aspirated V6 paired with an eight-speed automatic. While not exactly economical, the V6 motor provides an incredibly smooth power and torque delivery coupled with a wonderful soundtrack, while the gearbox provides acceptably quick shifts.

    The RX is clearly more focussed on creating a refined, quiet and comfortable atmosphere for its occupants. The refinement and noise cancellation is exemplary; making the RX a phenomenal open road cruiser that lacks the dynamic handling and fun-to-drive characteristics of many key rivals. The RX is more about luxury though, from what I’ve surmised, and those who have a chance to drive the big Lexus will be in for a treat, and indeed, a wonderful left-field choice within its segment.

    Service plan and warranty

    All RX models come with a seven-year/105 000km warranty as well as a seven-year/105 000km maintenance plan.

    Pricing

    RX 350 F Sport R1 132 200

     

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