Lexus RX 450h Premier: Up Close And Personal
Lexus RX 450h Premier Cabin And Safety Features
The Lexus RX 450h Premier is the most luxurious version of the manufacturer's crossover vehicle. This 3.5-litre hybrid has many strengths, but its cosseting cabin and safety features stand out.
The motorist is spoilt before entering the cabin. On approach, the 4x4 recognises that its key is in close proximity and illuminates the road/footpath. The main seat then slides backwards by 50mm to make access easier. The steering wheel moves for the same reason.
Once inside, the motorist sits on high quality leather seats that can be adjusted electrically in 10 directions. These incorporate heating elements for the winter and cooling fans for the summer.
Premier trim entertainment comes via the Mark Levinson stereo that – the manufacturer claims - offers a “concert hall in a car experience” thanks to its 15 speakers and 7.1 channel sound. Optional DVD screens can be fitted to the back of the front seats.
The RX 450h Premier also has a park assist monitor, satellite navigation, head-up display, auto-dimming rear view mirror, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth and blind spot monitor.
In terms of practicality, the cabin has 5 seats and 496-litre cargo capacity which is comparable to a large family class estate. The rear seats fold via a 1-touch tumble mechanism and split 40/20/40.
RX 450h safety features can be spilt into 2 categories: those that prevent a collision and those that protect should the worst happen.
The Pre-Crash Safety System scans the road ahead, via radar, for hazards and calculates the required stopping distance. If the distance becomes short, the motorist is alerted via a message on the dashboard and a buzz. The system also adjusts the suspension settings and puts pressure into the brakes to maximise efficiency.
If the driver fails to react - and a collision becomes likely – the system automatically brakes as hard as possible to minimise the impact, or avoid it. The Pre-Crash Safety System is a cost extra.
The Premier also has traction control to minimise wheel spin while accelerating, hill-start assist to prevent it rolling backwards on slopes, and vehicle stability control to minimises under/oversteer.
Should there be an impact, motorists are protected by numerous airbags, a strong body, and seats that reduce the risk of whiplash.