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Lexus RX400h (2005–2009)

Last updated 1 January 2018

Very successful hybrid application. Performance of a V8 SUV with better than diesel SUV economy. Handles well too. Most ECO friendly big SUV.
Lost Congestion Tax exemption from February 2008 except for existing owners. Go through brake discs and pads very rapidly.
Updated 17 January 2016

Report of leak into hybrid battery compartment of Lexus RX400h costing £1,630 to remedy. There was a TSB about tis in 2009.

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Introduction

I don't feel any guilt making a case for the Lexus RX400h.

It's a quiet and very comfortable conveyance with the performance of a big V8 SUV, yet fuel economy that beats all full-size diesel SUVs.

I averaged 31.3mpg, which is nothing to be ashamed of in a car that kicks out 273PS, gets to 60 in 7.3 seconds and weighs 2,000kg.

It's not cheap at £36,393 for the base model to £45,258 for the fully loaded SE-L version I drove. And some of the trim isn't really grand enough for a forty-five grander, like the rattly ashtray cup holder and the honorary console between the seats. A BMW X5 has much better ambiance.

But it's superbly comfortable. It's very quiet and pleasant to drive. It handles better than most SUVs. And if you suddenly need to get a move on the combined power of the engine and two electric motors whack you up to warp speed remarkably quickly.

The anchors are very good, too. Despite nearly twice the weight of the Honda Hybrid, you don't get the same feeling of braking against the heavy flywheel effect of the electric motors.

So how does it work?

Owners' reviews

5
Smooth, Quiet and Comfortable
5
Best family car
4
A great all-rounder that doesn't do anything badly and some things well
5
Your very own luxury private jet on the road!
5
It is a great car, robust in the snow and so reliable i have only had service costs and brake pads
 

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