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dream car

The Lexus RX450h luxury SUV is a futuristic-looking head-turner

For a sophisticated hybrid SUV with sharp styling, look no further.

IF I HAD the money I’d buy…

A futuristic-looking luxury car with eye catching design details that really make it stand out from the crowd. A car that is super refined and smooth on the road – yes, even our bumpy roads. A car that allows me to be a hedonist and environmental warrior at the same time. I’d buy a Lexus RX450h hybrid SUV.

Why a Lexus RX450h?

The Lexus RX450h is a great car. It is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine assisted by an electric motor, and has an all-wheel drive system. It has polarising looks but I happen to think it looks great. It has an imposing lower body with a massive spindle grille and it really looks like no other SUV on the road at the moment.

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The cabin is elegant and sleek with leather, wood and metallic materials that contrast well to make each element stand out. The cabin is very user-friendly and there is a focused driving space with a head up display and a great infotainment system. Another excellent feature of the cabin is the amount of head and legroom for all on board, even in the back.

But it is this car’s refinement that is its real selling point. Out on the road the cabin is near-silent and it makes driving a very pleasant and calm experience. The seats are supremely comfortable as is the ride.

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What’s special about this particular one?

This particular RX 450h comes in Luxury trim. It is finished in a cool Sonic Titanium metallic paint and rolls on 20-inch alloy wheels. It also has rear window and rear side window privacy glass.

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Inside the car is finished a beautiful ivory leather with black inlays and a wood trim finish on the dash. There is a 12.3-inch multimedia display operated by Remote Touch, Lexus Premium Navigation and a 12-speaker Pioneer audio system with subwoofer. It also has a wireless phone charger and Bluetooth, heated and ventilated front seats and smart power tailgate.

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What does it look like in action?

It really does cut a dash on the road. It is elegant yet striking looking and has a great road presence. Check it out in this driving footage.

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Who else drives one?

Hollywood darlings seem to love Lexus. Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry and Natalie Portman all drive Lexus RX models. Actress and activist Sophie Monk drives an RX and Sarah Jessica Parker owns one too. Ben Affleck and Daniel Craig have also been spotted driving around in Lexus RX models, so if it is good enough for Batman and James Bond…

It costs €76,745. What else could you get for the money?

Got your heart set on a luxury hybrid SUV? Well, for the same money, you could have this BMW X5 Xdrive40e.

… or this Volvo XC90 T8 luxury hybrid SUV.