The Lexus RX has plenty of space for four people and a boot that’s big enough – but not the largest in class. Sadly, a fifth passenger will feel crushed and you can’t have seven seats
The Lexus RX pampers your passengers with thick padded seats that offer a decent range of adjustment for all four people
Even if you’re not the tallest of people, the RX’s driver’s seat can give you a towering view out of the car, and a steering wheel that moves electrically for reach and height means you don’t have to peer over it to see out. You’ll also be pleased to hear that electric lumbar adjustment comes as standard, so you can add a little extra support if you suffer from backache on long journeys.
Luxury and SE model are more comfortable than entry-level models thanks to heated and cooled front seats, but Premier cars go one step further – they have 10-way (rather than eight-way) electrically adjustable front seats.
Jump into the back seat of the RX and you’ll find it’s nearly as comfortable as the front. There’s space for two six footers and the thickly-padded centre armrest (not fitted in entry-level S models) means you don’t miss out on the luxurious feel you get when you’re sat up front.
The back seat can slide back an inch or two if you need more kneeroom, and the backrest also reclines to let you lounge out on a long journey. All of that means the Lexus’ back seat will be more comfortable for your passengers than in alternatives such as the Mercedes GLE or BMW X5.
That changes if you stick three people in the back, because even an average-sized middle-seat passenger will scuff their head on the roof. Its wide rear doors give you plenty of access for a fitting a child seat though, and the clearly marked Isofix point make it easy to get the base of the seat locked into place.
Sadly the RX doesn’t come with a seven-seat option – meaning that you’re better off with a BMW X5 or Volvo XC90 if you need a third row.
Interior storage in the RX is pretty good, helped by some of the largest door pockets you’ll see in any car. They’re big enough to swallow several large bottles of water.
On top of that, the cupholders up front are large enough to swallow two more big bottles of water, you get a couple of cupholders in the rear-centre armrest and there’s a variety of other smaller cubbies scattered about the place. In fact, only the Mercedes GLE has more cubby storage.
The Lexus RX’s seats are so comfortable they make a La-Z-Boy chair feel like some sort of medieval torture device
At 453 litres, the RX’s boot is smaller than a BMW X5’s (650 litres) and a Mercedes GLE’s (690 litres). It’s also low on features with only a couple of tie-down hooks and a 12v power socket – that’s handy for charging a handheld vacuum – being worthy of mention.
Although the RX’s boot doesn’t compare well to other SUVs of the same price, it’s still big enough to swallow a pair of large suitcases and you’ll get a couple of smaller ones in on top if you remove the parcel shelf. Loading them is easy because there’s no boot lip to lift items over.
If you need more room, the Lexus rear seats split 60:40 so you can carry longer luggage and still have space for two rear passengers, plus you can poke your skis through a hatch behind the rear centre armrest.
With all the back seats folded flat into the floor, the RX has a total load capacity of 924 litres. That might not sound like much for a car of this size, but in practice it will easily carry an adult’s bike without you having to remove the wheels.