This week it was bucketing down with rain. Every day it was pouring, the roads were full and wet, the traffic was slow and the visibility was poor.
I was test driving Lexus’ new seven-seater SUV, the RX 350L in the Luxury model (second from the top of the rain, sorry, range). It’s in a similar category to the Audi Q7 and Land Rover Discovery. And I had a fairly seamless time with it over the seven days of driving.
It’s all about the silence. It’s ultra-quiet which makes it feel premium and it drives so smoothly you barely feel the bumps as you go over them. It’s like you’re in a big, airy bubble that’s rolling along without an engine.
Parking is not too bad in this seven-seater, even though it is sizeable, you need to be aware of the size and choose your parks wisely. Once you do you’ve got a reverse parking camera and front and rear collision warnings to help you.
Inside is styled to a premium level with a leather steering wheel and leather seats which are also heated/ventilated. There’s an eight-inch multimedia screen in the RX 350L which runs on Lexus’ own tech as there’s no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Connect your phone via bluetooth and you can play music through Spotify and make calls. It also has a built in sat nav.