Lexus RX 450h L

Britain’s first Lexus 7-seater will cost from £50,995

Lexus RX 450h LLexus owners have never been able to take more than four friends or family along for the ride. Until now; with the launch of the RX 450h L, the Japanese premium brand is offering a three-row seven-seater model in the UK for the first time.

Priced from £50,995, the new hybrid SUV goes on sale this week, in a three-model range that should broaden the appeal of one of Lexus’ more popular cars – and also better compete with rivals such as the Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7 (both of which also come in fuel-saving hybrid guise).  

The RX isn’t a plug-in hybrid, but this isn’t necessarily a negative, reckons Lexus: it describes the 450h as a ‘self-charging hybrid”. It’s not a mere conversion job of the existing model, either – the entire body aft of the rear wheels has been extended to slot in the third row of chairs.

Lexus RX 450h L

Lexus promises the seats “offer good head and legroom and are easy to access”. All models have a standard power-folding system for the third row chairs, and there’s triple-zone climate control as well.

The £50,995 RX 450h L SE includes heated and ventilated leather seats, sat nav, 18-inch alloys, power steering wheel adjust, power tailgate and LED headlights. A £54,095 Luxury ups the alloys to 20-inches, and adds better premium sat nav, wireless smartphone charging, ‘triple-eye’ LED headlights and a smart tailgate.

Lexus RX 450h L

Living up to its name, the £61,995 Premier has a colour head-up display, adaptive suspension, semi-aniline leather, Mark Levinson surround sound system, sunroof, heated middle row seats and a fancy heated steering wheel with wood inserts. Those in the back also get sunshades, so they can pretend to be celebrities.