Lexus RX review: 200T F-Sport
Remember when Lexus designed the adventure as a warm cup of tea and a good lie?
The Japanese luxury brand (and younger brother more expensive than Toyota Toyota) was famous for risking looks beyond the boundaries. And that’s not even what I mean – their own executives say they support conservatism more than all others when working on a new model. And so everything looked like it was designed by a 75-year-old Japanese man, largely because it was.
But staring at the anger, the knob of a Lexus RX, the days of safe play suddenly felt long ago. If this RX wasn’t the most outstanding (better or worse) SUV in its premium field, it would have become quite close.
The cheapest model and aimed at the youngest in the RX family is the 200T, which uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine to propel the big SUV. And what you see in these pictures is the F-Sport, bespoke bodykit scores, unique alloys and other styling tools to make it look more aggressive on the road.
Having received the last major update in 2015 (but with a mid-life tweak around the corner), this RX is starting to get a bit. So we spent a week in the 200T to see if it could still combine it with the best in the segment.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 7/10
Anger, aggression and very non-Lexus, with the jaw that looks like Ivan Drago has somehow turned into an SUV – that has pretty much captured the RX.
Lexus was noted to say that its designers tried to make their cars attractive to people in the past, and so they ended up being boring and overpowered.
Now they’re happy if one of the 10 people truly loves them. Exactly where you sit on the scale is up to you.
At the front, the ‘Grille’ (shaped like the mouth of a predator) serves a lot of road presence, while angled fog lamps and deep dome bonnet give the It’s a more powerful posture that is probably sensible by the 2.0-liter engine.
Besides, the large and bright alloys, deep curves above the foot of the door and flare up, square wheel protectors adding personality to what is possible (and in the past, if not) will be a Endless stretch of metal.
Stepping inside and the cabin is upscale feeling, if a little busy, with the doors and dash covered in a combination of soft touch materials and padded leather. The central tunnel that looks like aluminum separating between the front seats is super wide, as it contains cup holders, drive mode selectors and strange touchpads that control the entertainment system, but it feels nice when touch and become a focal point in the cabin.
How realistic is the inner space? 8/10
Australia Laser focused on small and city-sized SUVs so intensely that it easily forgot the joy of our larger cars. Stretching in the Lexus NX is 4890mm long and 1895mm wide and it all spills on.
There is plenty of space for the front racers (even with a football field-sized center console), as well as two open cups and pockets at each front door. The cubby separating the front seats are also ridiculously deep, and is home to two USB connections, power outlets and auxiliary points.
Step into the backseat and you’re greeted by plenty of space in each seat by the window, though the center stack contains vents and another power outlet will fit into the middle passenger legroom. There are two bonus cupholders hidden in the median pull down from the middle seat and two ISOFIX attachment points, one at each rear window seat.
In the backseat in place, the RX serves up to 453 liters of luggage space, although you can extend up to 924 liters by folding the rear seats flat.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 8/10
Part of Youllll with $ 86,551 for the Lexus RX 200T F-Sport – about $ 12,000 more than the non-F-Sport. And that is not a big change. But your money will buy you 20-inch alloy wheels, proximity locks, LED head and taillights, roof rails, powered boots and large sunroof.
In the cabin, you can expect leather seats, dual-zone air conditioning and push-button start, while the technology is handled by a navy-fitted 12.3-inch screen in partnership with stereo Mark. Levinson 15 speakers standard on this F – Stamped model (cheaper version made with smaller screen and fewer speakers).
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 8/10
There was a time not long ago when the thought of installing a 2.0-liter, 2.0-liter engine for a nearly two-ton SUV would be really terrible.