New Lexus RC Review

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  • Eye-catching design
  • High-quality interior
  • Hybrid power option
  • BMW 4 Series is better to drive
  • Gearbox in the 300h
  • Fiddly infotainment system
CO2 emissions
114 g/km
First year road tax
Safety rating

If you’re looking for a sharp-suited coupe then the Lexus RC is worth considering. It shares its looks with the super-fast RC F but without the associated running costs, making it an alternative to models such as the BMW 4 Series, Audi A5 and Mercedes C-Class coupe.

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Without the RC F’s aggressive bumpers, the RC is a more elegant-looking affair and one that is likely to be a rare sight on UK roads, which could be a selling point to potential buyers. As with the exterior, the interior shares the same high-quality feel and smart design as the RC F, but with fewer sporty touches.

Instead of the 5.0-litre V8 fitted to its racy big brother, the RC gets a choice of two smaller engines – a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol (in the 200t) and a petrol-electric hybrid fitted to the 300h. 

Lexus is known for offering a generous basic specification, so all RCs to come kitted out with sat-nav, keyless entry and a DAB digital radio.

Under its skin the RC shares parts with IS saloon, IS convertible and the larger GS

Mat Watson
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The Lexus is a great alternative to the established competition providing arguably the most relaxed driving experience, while the company’s long history of reliability should give you peace of mind. And in the unlikely event of something actually going wrong, Lexus’ dealer network is second to none.

For a more detailed look at the Lexus RC, look through the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the following pages, And, if you want to see what sort of offers are available on the RC, go to our deals page.

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