CAR Comparison: The Lexus RX 450h vs. Volvo XC90 vs. Audi Q7
The Lexus RX 450h has placed first in a recent CAR Magazine comparison with the Volvo XC90 & Audi Q7:
There is no ignoring this car. From the enormous ‘spindle’ grille to the exaggerated crease lines, planed-off wheelarches and extended overhangs, the RX is making a hell of a statement – and although exactly what it’s supposed to be saying isn’t necessarily clear, it’s certainly good at attracting attention. People quite literally stop and stare, and while this patently isn’t always in appreciation, there is still an aura of considered discernment. It’s an alternative choice, but also obviously premium.
But I find myself drawn to the Lexus. The interior is individual, exceptionally high quality and – once you acclimatise – remarkably pragmatic; it provides comfort without sloppiness, goes as quickly as most will ever require, and I like seeing that little EV light come on, no matter how short the periods. The styling is divisive, and it won’t be for everyone, but the RX450h is – surprisingly – the SUV from this trio I’d most like to put on my drive.