Lexus RC 300h (2014-2020) practicality & boot space
With cramped rear seats and a relatively small boot, the Lexus RC 300h is not the most practical coupe
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The Lexus RC really is a car of two halves. Despite all the space and comfort on offer for anyone in the front seats, there’s precious little of either in the back. As a result, those rear seats are a kids-only zone.
To make matters worse, the boot is a fair bit smaller than you’ll find in any of its most direct rivals. And, it’s pretty awkward to load and unload. Suffice to say, if you buy an RC, you’ll have to get used to packing light, or use the rear seats for storage and treat the car as a two-seater.
Lexus RC 300h interior space, storage & comfort
If you’re in a Lexus RC 300h, you’d best hope you’re in the front. Here, there’s lots of space for the driver and passenger, as well as a wide range of adjustment on the superbly comfortable seats, so that you can find the position that’s best for you.
By complete contrast, the RC’s tiny back seats aren’t much use at all. It’s tricky just to get there past front seats that only slide electronically out of the way slowly. And, once you’re in the back, you’ll find both leg- and, particularly, headroom are tight. It might be ok for children back there on a short journey, but that’s it. Few adults would be able to bear it for long.
Again, the RC300h isn’t the most practical of cars - even by the standards of coupes. Its boot offers a capacity of just 340 litres, thanks to the space that has to be given over to the hybrid system’s batteries. That mean it’s smaller than in rival coupes, such as the petrol and diesel-only Audi A5, BMW 4 Series and Mercedes C-Class, which offer 400-plus litres of boot space.
To make matters worse, the high lip and narrow opening make it awkward to load and unload the boot. At least, if you do need more luggage capacity and don’t have any passengers in the back, you can expand that space thanks to the 60/40 split/folding rear seats that are standard across the range.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Lexus RC 300h is an unusual prospect – a hybrid coupe - but it’s neither the best hybrid nor the best coupe
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsThe Lexus RC 300h is a 'self-charging' hybrid, so there’s no need to plug it in. But its economy and emissions figures are nothing special
- 3Running costsYes, the Lexus RC 300h is a hybrid, but its economy and emissions are nothing to write home about
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Lexus RC 300h is a heavy car - and it shows. It’s not as quick or as agile as its rivals
- 5Interior & comfortYou get plenty of tech in the Lexus RC 300h, but it’s not the easiest to use
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingWith cramped rear seats and a relatively small boot, the Lexus RC 300h is not the most practical coupe
- 7Reliability & safetyLexus is rightly renowned for the reliability of its cars and that bodes well for the RC