The Lexus RX L has a luxurious, beautifully made interior that will last for years, but the infotainment will make you want to pull your hair out
The symmetrical dashboard design in the Lexus RX L makes a refreshing change from traditional alternatives from Audi, BMW or Mercedes.
Quality is just as good – if not better – than you get in other cars of this price. The centre console is made from a slab of cold metal that doesn’t feel like a tinfoil veneer, and leather is used pretty much everywhere else – as well as on the seats, it covers large portions of the dashboard and the doors.
It feels well-built even when you look beyond the fancy trim pieces. For example, the glovebox glides open smoothly, the buttons on the dashboard feel like they’ll work with the same oily smoothness in 10 years’ time and the gaps between trim pieces are tight and consistent. It’s a refreshing change to the flimsy buttons and wavy leather stitching you’ll find in a Range Rover.
Every Lexus RX L gets leather seats – the ‘standard’ leather in SE and Luxury cars is lovely. Top-of-the range Premier cars gets semi-aniline leather which is sumptuous.
Lexus RX L SE cars come with an 8.0-inch sat-nav system, while Luxury and Premium versions get 12.3-inch sat-nav system.
Unfortunately whichever version you get, the graphics look dated and the controls aren’t laid out very logically.
Making things worse is the floating mouse control system situated between the driver and passenger seats that you use to operate the infotainment.
It’s frustrating and tricky to navigate – especially when you are on the move. A simple task such as inputting a postcode is not intuitive.
SE cars get a 9-speaker audio system, Luxury upgrades to 12-speakers, while Premier versions get the epic sounding 15-speaker Mark Levinson system.