Lexus RX L 450h interior & comfort

The Lexus RX L impresses in terms of equipment and quality, but the interior design lets it down

The Lexus RX L is well equipped, regardless of trim level, while some neat design touches and good build quality lift the interior. You’ll need to splash out on the top trim for the best experience, mind.

Lexus RX L 450h dashboard

Lexus dashboards tend to impress for their quality and technology rather than their style and panache. So you shouldn’t expect the stylish simplicity of a Volvo XC90 T8 or the sophistication of an Audi Q7. It might be over-critical to claim that the dashboard in the RX L looks a tad dated, but the myriad of controls, the questionable quality of some of the plastics, and the ‘Marmite’ analogue clock won’t appeal to all tastes.

There are some neat touches, such as the aluminium inlays and the dark wood inlays with laser etching, while a leather and wood steering wheel increases the level of perceived quality inside.

Equipment, options and accessories

There are two trim levels available: Premium Pack and Takumi. Both offer a generous level of equipment, as you’d expect for a hybrid SUV of this price. The entry-level RX L gets 18-inch alloys, smooth leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, eight-inch sat nav, DAB digital radio, front and rear parking sensors and smart entry.

At the top of the range, the Takumi gets power-folding heated rear seats, a 15-speaker Mark Levinson stereo, a colour head-up display, 360-degree camera, semi-aniline leather upholstery, 10-way powered front seat adjustment, memory settings for the front seats, steering wheel and door mirrors.

Infotainment, apps and sat nav

A large 12.3-inch infotainment display sits atop the dashboard and it certainly looks the part. But it flatters to deceive – the display might have been acceptable in the 80s, but it can’t cut it in 2019.

The mapping, for example, looks distinctly old-school, lagging behind what you might be accustomed to on a smartphone. Scrolling through the menus is done via a rather odd joystick situated on the centre console, which is quite fiddly and can overshoot the option you’re hoping to select on the screen. It's a dated and frustratingly awkward system to use – a major letdown in the otherwise very comfortable and plush-feeling interior. 

There’s a secondary multi-information display on the instrument cluster, while the head-up display on the Takumi trim is the largest fitted to any car in the world. Previously, the RX L lacked Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, but this omission was rectified in the updated version of the car introduced in late 2019.