The baffling trade-off of owning a stunning Lexus 450h hybrid

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The RX 450h is a slightly baffling vehicle. Just what is the point of hybrid technology when the vehicle doesn’t return exceptional economy and isn’t that quick either?

Admittedly, emissions are fairly low at 120 g/km – making it cheap to run as a company car – but the similarly priced BMW X5 xDrive40e petrol-hybrid reduces CO2 emissions to a lowly 78 g/km.

Not only that, the BMW, like the Audi Q7 and the Volvo XC90 T8 hybrid, offers the option of seven seats. A feature missing from the Lexus for some reason.

So while I love the look of the Lexus – by far the prettiest of the bunch – it’s what drives the RX 450h that ultimately lets it down…

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