New Lexus RX: Better than the Germans?

This is the brand new ! Mat's got his hands on this mid-sized Japanese SUV to see if it has what it requires to compete with exceptional German competitors like the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne.

Well for starters, it certainly looks the part from the outside. has actually followed the current pattern of having the brand's name written on the back of the cars and truck, but regretfully it's likewise accompanied by a variety of fake vents. Along the side, the vehicle looks quite outstanding, with a variety of creases and littles chrome trim. Then around the front, there may be more fake vents, however the big new grille stands out and remarkable.

On the inside, the RX is super stylish. Soft touch products and leather are found throughout the cabin, and there's a decent amount of usefulness to save your items. There's a huge infotainment screen in the middle of the dash, which is pretty responsive however the system isn't the very best. Similarly, the digital dial system is ok, however there are far better systems out there.

In terms of engine choices, there are 2 self-charging hybrid alternatives. The entry-level is a 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated fuel engine paired with 2 electrical motors to provide 250hp. The alternative is a 2.4-litre turbo gas coupled with two electrical motors to put produce 371hp.

Additionally, you can choose the plug-in hybrid car we have here. This includes the same 2.5-litre NA gas engine as discovered in the entry-level, and the power output is 309hp.

So the automobile looks impressive and is made from premium products, but while the entry-level 350h begins with around ₤ 60,000, the price can increase to above ₤ 80,000 for premium editions of the 450h or 500h!

So is it worth it? You'll require to stick to Mat and see on your own!

00:00 Introduction
00:25 Style
02:17 Interior
06:03 Back Seats
08:27 Boot
09:29 5 Annoying Things
11:20 5 Cool Things
13:57 Engines
14:59 Town Driving
16:47 Motorway Driving
18:43 Country Road Driving
20:14 0-60mph
20:55 Verdict

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58 responses to “New Lexus RX: Better than the Germans?”

  1. carwow Avatar

    Would you pick a Lexus over a BMW? 🤔 VOTE below!

    1. Okello 365 Avatar
      Okello 365

      X5 is hard to beat.

    2. Fatlind Halili Avatar
      Fatlind Halili


    3. Matthew Norman Avatar
      Matthew Norman

      We need a Hyundai Getz sx on this channel day 198

    4. Mohammed Afeef Avatar
      Mohammed Afeef

      Lexus japanese cars 4 life

    5. ATubers show Avatar
      ATubers show
  2. Preston P. Avatar
    Preston P.

    It’s great to see you review this all new Lexus RX. Can you also review the new LX and the Maserati Grecale 🙏 . Thank you.

    1. Judy Gillespie Avatar
      Judy Gillespie

      LX not available in the UK

    2. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      @Judy Gillespie only available in South Europe.

  3. Preston P. Avatar
    Preston P.

    That rear reminds me of an Audi E-tron mixed with a Nissan Aryia. Looks futuristic, though. I like it.

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      Nissan Ariya and RX350 F Sport both are equally impressive.

  4. Nkkkkkk Avatar

    Amazing… Matt always has very thorough details of the car🎉🎉🎉

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      Matt has this already.

  5. S Watchik Avatar
    S Watchik

    I like they have calmed the grill design down, looks better with the solid bits in between the headlights. Looks great

    1. Erik H Avatar
      Erik H

      Apparantly big grilles are a symbol of power in china, which is why brands like bmw have gotten such large grilles

    2. Yousef Al-A'ssaf يوسف العسّاف Avatar
      Yousef Al-A’ssaf يوسف العسّاف

      ​@SomeGuy’s Garage
      Lexus knows how to make large grills unlike BMW which is failing miserably so far

    3. Critical Avatar

      @Purwanti Allan I rate it 9/11

    4. SomeGuy's Garage Avatar
      SomeGuy’s Garage

      @Yousef Al-A’ssaf يوسف العسّاف haha true

    5. Té Taylor Avatar
      Té Taylor

      It looks like a beluga whale

  6. The Acquainted Era Avatar
    The Acquainted Era

    I love lexus for their interior. This one is no exception. Nice job Lexus

    1. DRGVRP_Dashcam Avatar

      @Kristiāns Ozoliņš I don’t think it’s bad, I think bad isn’t a word that defines the car, but things aren’t perfect and I feel Lexus on the inside is lacking a few features that Germans have on the interior such as 4 zone climate control and Germans are great with the tech for example that digital drivers display is trash compared to Audi’s. NGL the transmission in the hybrids are cvts which to me aren’t luxury. It also doesn’t have the leather dashboard and when he tapped on it it felt cheap. I think for a starting price of 60,000 pounds it feels a little bit overpriced. Overall although a lot of people say the Lexus RX is right on par with the Germans some of that is not true such as the tech and other German features.

    2. DRGVRP_Dashcam Avatar

      Think part of the things Lexus lacks on is stuff that Toyota doesn’t have and the company is based of Toyota

    3. Henri Cela Avatar
      Henri Cela

      @Yousef Al-A’ssaf يوسف العسّاف  i haven’t, and maybe the quality is that good, but im purely talking design. Also, Matt didn’t say its much better, just a bit.

    4. Jorge Solís Avatar
      Jorge Solís

      Except for that outdated driver’s screen. Why not make it full width and high res?!

    5. DRGVRP_Dashcam Avatar

      @Jorge Solís that’s what I wrote and think. I feel Lexus is super technologically advanced like the Germans

  7. Nqobile Mahlaba Avatar
    Nqobile Mahlaba

    I’d love to see you get your hands on the F sport. 2.4 turbo charged with a 6 speed automatical gearbox. I’ve been wait for you to get your hands on this Lexus for a while now but once Mat Watson has reviewed a car (like Dr Dre says it’s a rap when he’s finished recording a song) it’s a rap! To be none after! Excellent work Mat. PS… all those guys going on about you aging they just jealous because you aging gracefully.. YOU STILL LOOKING GOOD!

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      2.4 Turbo Charged with 6 speed gearbox and a 160mph top speed?

    2. Nqobile Mahlaba Avatar
      Nqobile Mahlaba

      @Purwanti Allan yes

    3. veit jacob Avatar
      veit jacob

      Sarah n tuned tested it and the gearbox is a bit laggy.

    4. Matt Jordan Avatar
      Matt Jordan


    5. Kearabetswe Avatar

      ​@Matt Jordan 🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦

  8. BokiXI Avatar

    I owned a 4 year old NX for a period of 2 years. Not a squeek anywhere. Solid and reliable like no other brand. Not as fun to drive as some other cars though but I never worried about it starting or breaking down.

    1. MUCKSPREADER1 Avatar

      @SomeGuy’s Garage liar and you have a Porsche so that will be broken down every day of the week😂

    2. SomeGuy's Garage Avatar
      SomeGuy’s Garage

      @Yousef Al-A’ssaf يوسف العسّاف they are both around 70k (base Macan vs NX F-Sport) but just barely. I’d also say there’s nice things about both interiors, the Macan is more premium but the NX has better buttons agreed and the seats are a toss up (I have 18 ways in the Macan)…both are super comfy. Performance there’s no contest though.

    3. MUCKSPREADER1 Avatar

      @Baron Von Jo you mean a vw Tiguan with a Porsche badge😂

    4. SomeGuy's Garage Avatar
      SomeGuy’s Garage

      @zanzibar real estate new…working from home has really changed the mileage numbers, from like 10k/year to like 2k/year lol

      I would say it’s been reliable, but not flawless either…nothing that left us stranded though.

    5. SomeGuy's Garage Avatar
      SomeGuy’s Garage

      @Jose Gregorio Rodríguez Peña our rav4 before it also went through a couple water pumps lol just bad luck I guess?

  9. Rich Bayley Avatar
    Rich Bayley

    Hi Mat. I owned an NX, then I now have the (old) RX. Love the video, except……As i live in rural Scotland the paddle shifters are perfect for “engine braking” as no manual or auto box to slow the car down without using the brakes. Sooooo, when it’s icy/snowy you can downshift and the car slows down. A great use for your “useless” paddle shifters. You’re welcome 🙂

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      The NX and RX350 F for me are equally good cars.

    2. Rich Bayley Avatar
      Rich Bayley

      @Purwanti Allan They are both lovely cars, but the V6 makes it that bit more premium I feel. I’m in the UK and own a 450h. Love it. Such a calm place to be, so different from the Germans marques.

  10. o_o -_- Avatar
    o_o -_-

    I wish that Mat will review the 500h soon, it’s a much better and nicer experience and also, the paddles on the steering wheel have a purpose…well…sort of…

  11. Ali Akbar Ahmad Jasmi Avatar
    Ali Akbar Ahmad Jasmi

    With CVT, u need to get to high RPM to feel the gear change like normal gearbox if u want to change the gear by using paddle shifter.

  12. Circa Avatar

    From 83.500 € up for basic model in Europe. Few years ago, you could get a decent flat for that. The prices of cars are insane this days.

    1. Brandon Elam Avatar
      Brandon Elam

      Most people aren’t looking at the total price because they are leasing the cars. They care more about the monthly payment.

    2. R C Avatar
      R C

      a new 2 bedroom flat starts at 600 000 €

    3. Jack Martin Avatar
      Jack Martin

      ​@John Shaw it’s all credit. Madness

    4. Barry White Avatar
      Barry White

      These are always sold on credit with no intention of ownership. But with interest rates rising everywhere, the years of cheap money is over.

    5. Artur Eff Avatar
      Artur Eff

      and taxes

  13. LuckyNv Avatar

    That interior is beautiful. Thanks for the review Mat. Glasses looks alright mate, very stylish and looks expensive.

  14. Bram Machiels Avatar
    Bram Machiels

    Honestly, I was blown away by it at the Brussels Autosalon. If I had the money… It looks so incredibly gorgeous!

    1. Brandon Elam Avatar
      Brandon Elam

      Just wait four years and get one for less than 30,000

  15. jake Avatar

    Been waiting for this review! I have a 2016 NX, but have been needing a bigger vehicle since we have 2 dogs now and take a lot of road trips with them. I’ll definitely be trading in for the RX.

    1. Terry Yang Avatar
      Terry Yang

      Same here, I was checking the CW list everyday for new RX review. Finally is here!

  16. Edgar Lubulellah Avatar
    Edgar Lubulellah

    Matt’s reviews are great and objective. Scores a 💯 in my books

  17. Ernesto Williams Avatar
    Ernesto Williams

    You know a car is good when one of the annoying things is it’s towing capacity 😂

  18. Gaming Norwegian Avatar
    Gaming Norwegian

    Im very curious of how the new ES and LS would look like with this grille, i think the new grille design wouldve made them look 10 years newer.

  19. Michael Avatar

    That gear selector is great once you get used to it. Used it in an Lc500

  20. Brian Mwaura. Avatar
    Brian Mwaura.

    Great Review Matt!
    The Lexus looks really lovely, and doesn’t deter from the Lexus ethos of calm, luxurious and relaxing transportation.
    Maybe Honda needs to loan Lexus its CVT gear change simulator in the new Civic. The simulation in that car was really sweet, you would think it’s a normal gearbox installed. I could tell from the video.
    Otherwise, great review as always!

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