We offer three versions of the fifth generation Lexus RX. The basic RX 350h, plug-in hybrid RX 450h+ and top RX 500h F-Sport all share the same engine. The former six-cylinder fork has been replaced by a turbocharged four-cylinder with a volume of 2.4 liters, which is more efficient and economical. In the most powerful variant, it cooperates with two electric motors and the total system output is 371 hp and a torque of 552 Nm.

Of course, there are more powerful SUVs, for example the Porsche Cayenne or Range Rover Sport can achieve significantly higher values, but the Lexus RX has no ambitions to compete with them. And above all, its performance is more than sufficient. The flexible acceleration from 80 to 110 km/h in 3.8 seconds can be compared, for example, with the Maserati Levante. The sound of the engine is supported in the cabin by a synthetic component from the speakers, but only decently. In addition, it really resembles a six-cylinder, and the vast majority of people don’t even think that they can’t hear the engine directly (unlike some failed attempts by other car manufacturers).

But that is not the most important thing. In an effort to improve the sporty performance of the engine, Lexus discarded the e-CVT transmission with continuously variable transmission, which is almost inextricably linked with the Japanese automaker’s hybrid systems, and instead implanted a classic six-speed automatic in the car. Let’s face it, the automatic isn’t particularly sporty either, but it shifts nicely, the car is nimble with it, and the unnatural variator speed fluctuations have disappeared. It’s just a shame that when the automaker had already gone to work with the new transmission, it could have also equipped it with a real manual shifter. The one in the car only half listens to you and sometimes obeys even without instructions.

The fifth generation RX stands on the TNGA-K platform, has a 60 mm longer wheelbase, so there is a little more space inside. Above all, there is comfort inside, first-class materials and impeccable workshop quality, as befits and belongs to a Lexus. Perhaps it’s just a shame that the control touchpad for the infotainment system has disappeared. Everything needs to be controlled only via the touch screen, which is quite large, and drivers with shorter hands may not be able to reach it easily. Also strange are the interior door handles, which work the other way around than you’d expect.

The tuning of the chassis, which has really moved forward compared to previous generations, should also be praised. But listen to it in the video.