Video: Lexus RX 350L: Is A Third Row Needed ?! Detailed Test
In Russia, they love expensive cars, and the Lexus RX is more than others. After all, this is the most demanded premium model in our market, even though the demand for it has recently dropped by 15 percent. So that you understand the scale: hits like BMW 3 Series, Mercedes E-Class are left behind, and since the beginning of 2019 more RX crossovers have been sold in Russia than all Infiniti, Jaguar and Cadillac cars combined
However, sales of the RX are formed from two modifications: standard and extended, with a third row of seats. American dealers asked Lexus for this option, and the Japanese came up with it. But why is it good and is it worth paying extra for two extra seats? To deal with this, we took the RX 350L for testing in the Exclusive configuration, which costs 4,663,000 rubles.
It is logical to start a review of such a car with practicality, and here the expected difficulties emerge for Lexus. When the Japanese created the L-version of the RX, they took the five-seater version as a basis, but left its wheelbase untouched! Instead, the designers lengthened the rear overhang, and also raised the roof at the rear by changing the angle of the glass and moving the wiper from the top edge to the bottom.
One of the main sales markets for Lexus in general and the RX model (especially the seven-seater) in particular is the United States. Therefore, the interior is clearly combed for American preferences. Everything is big, soft and pleasant. At first glance, it is difficult to find fault with something, but at the second glance it is already possible.
The latest generation Lexus RX was built on the platform of its predecessor. The engine is also not the first freshness: the seven-seater crossover is offered only with an atmospheric V-shaped "six" 3.5, although a two-liter turbo engine and even a hybrid power unit are also available for the five-seater version.
Despite the old platform and large wheels, the ride quality of the Lexus RX is, if not impressive, then at least befitting a large, expensive, family car. The crossover filters small things almost perfectly, swallows speed bumps without noticing, and fulfills large and medium irregularities nobly. But on condition that they have smooth edges: Lexus does not like sharp irregularities very much.
Perhaps it is even more difficult to find fault with noise insulation. The cabin is quiet at almost any speed: you can not hear the wheels, no wind in the area of the struts and mirrors, or the engine.
Engine? It seems to be a good fit for the character of the car: it responds smoothly and pulls from low revs, without forcing you to think about whether you will have time to fit in front of that truck. You will be in time! However, there is no spark that you expect from almost 300 horsepower: today, cars of a similar mass (about 2.2 tons) are going about the same way, but they are 50–100 weaker.
And all would be fine: the atmospheric V6 also has its own charm, but here's the problem: this engine is a terrible glutton. To achieve from it a flow rate below 12 liters per hundred is an impossible task, and in a city crush the on-board computer will draw 15-16 liters at all!
Another big drawback is the hefty transport tax! For horsepower alone, you will have to pay 44,100 rubles every year, and in the first 12 months of ownership at a price of 4.6 million rubles, the RX 350L will also fall under the luxury tax, which means that the amount will increase to 66,150 rubles!
The "automaton" adds the positive. Not reactively fast, but oh-oh-very fluid and logical. Just what you expect from a box on a large, family car.
To match and manageability. The steering wheel is comfortable in terms of effort, but long and not very responsive, and the reactions are unhurried, which is why the RX 350L stands on an arc with a hitch, although then it clings to it quite tightly. And the rolls are within reason, if you remember that you are driving a large car with any American roots. And it is also important to remember about overhangs: the hood ends here much further than it seems at first, therefore, when maneuvering in tight yards, you need to be careful and listen to the signals of parking sensors.
In Russia, a seven-seater crossover is offered in only two trim levels. The basic one is called Premium and costs 4,183,000 rubles. Its equipment includes fully LED optics, 20-inch wheels, parking sensors in a circle, a sunroof, three-zone climate control, heated seats of the first and second row, ventilation of the front seats, power steering column and seats, multimedia with a 12.3-inch screen, wireless charger for a smartphone, 10 airbags, electric drive of the fifth door, as well as rain and light sensors.
The top version of the RX 350L is Exclusive, it costs 4,663,000 rubles. It has an automatic high beam, wood inserts in the interior trim, including on the steering wheel, two additional directions for adjusting the front seats, an all-round visibility system, expensive Mark Levinson music with 15 speakers, adaptive suspension, as well as several additional safety systems - for example, tracking function for dead zones.
You will be asked to pay extra only for the metallic color (76,000 rubles), as well as for a special option for painting the body in white, which costs 114,000 rubles.
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The most popular premium car in Russia does not become just like that. To confirm the leadership, the Lexus RX has at least several compelling arguments: bright design, good, albeit not ideal, interior trim, rich equipment, spacious second row, very decent ride and good sound insulation.
And despite not the most reckless handling, antediluvian multimedia and not too low price tag, such a car could well have received four points out of five according to the test results. However, the seven-seater falls short of such an assessment.
Because the third row of seats in the Lexus RX 350L is almost as strange and even useless as its entertainment complex, and the uncontested motor, which will ease your wallet a decent amount due to frequent refueling and high taxes, will not please the dynamics too much. which smears the impression even more.