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LEXUS RZ ELECTRIC ESTATE

450e 230kW Direct4 71.4 kWh 5dr Auto [Premium]

Review from Cars & Driving

The RZ isn't the first all electric Lexus, but it's the first one that really matters, new from the ground up. As you might expect, it's packed with borrowed Toyota technology, embellished with the usual Lexus sheen and a new-found spirit of driver involvement. An interesting confection.

  • Performance
    8
  • Handling
    8
  • Comfort
    7
  • Space
    7
  • Styling
    8
  • Build
    8
  • Value
    7
  • Equipment
    8
  • Economy
    7
  • Depreciation
    7
  • Insurance
    6

Background

No other premium luxury brand has more experience in electrification than Lexus. Which made it all the more surprising that it took until 2020 for the brand to launch its first EV (the compact UX 300e) and a further two years for the marque to introduce one with a dedicated EV platform, this car, the Lexus RZ. We were pretty underwhelmed by the UX 300e with its feeble operating range, but this RZ looks far more promising. As it should be, given the huge investment poured into the e-TNGA architecture it sits on, a chassis we've already seen with the Toyota bZ4X and the Subaru Solterra. The similarly-sized RZ - its specific badge is 'RZ 450e' - is a more driver-orientated, luxurious thing, though it has the same 71.4kWh battery. Unlike its design siblings, it only comes with 4WD, a twin motor 'Direct 4' set-up. And there's a clever steer-by-wire system too. This is all more the kind of thing you'd expect from a brand with a heritage in electrification.

Driving Experience

Lexus doesn't really have much of a heritage in pin-sharp driving dynamics, but of late has been prioritising handling much more as part of what it calls the 'Lexus Driving Signature'. We've already seen that approach in latest versions of the NX and RX and it continues here as part of what the company calls a 'seamless E-motion' concept. This was pretty important to achieve if the RZ was not to be seen as merely a plushed-up version of the Toyota bZ4X model with which it shares most of its engineering. That car's 4WD system - called 'Direct 4' here - gives you a pair of compact electric motors, one at the front with 201bhp, the other at the rear with 107bhp, together giving the RZ 450e a combined output of 308bhp. 62mph is just 5.6s away (faster than this model's Audi Q4 etron 50 quattro arch-rival) but as with most EVs, top speed is governed back, here to 99mph, in order to preserve the 71.4kWh battery's range figure, quoted at just over 250 miles. Unlike with the bZ4X, no front-driven single motor version is being offered because Lexus thinks the 'Direct 4' set-up is integral to the RZ driving experience. Torque vectoring between the axles allows 100% of power to be sent to front or rear at any given time, the distribution governed by sensors monitoring speed, steering angle and G-Forces. Equally clever is the steer-by-wire system you can ask your dealer about which eliminates the usual mechanical linkage between the driver and the front wheels and can be optionally specified to work with an unusual butterfly-shaped yoke-style steering wheel.

Design and Build

Lexus clearly thinks all electric design should be different; it is here. Gone is the brand's usual trademark spindle grille, in favour of a design language christened 'Spindle Body', which highlights the lower bonnet and delivers more muscular looking front wings as part of a flush front end supposed to express 'powerful character and seamless acceleration'. Size-wise, the RZ sits somewhere between an NX and an RX, though thanks to the long wheelbase of this full-electric design, if you were to take a seat in the rear, you'd swear that it was a bigger car than either. It's not just legroom that's impressive either. Headroom at the back is improved by the way that the peak point of the roof has been moved rearwards. Up-front, where Lexus continues to introduce its 'Tazuna' ('reins of a horse') approach to driver ergonomics, the minimalist cabin treatment shares much with the second generation NX model. There's a 14.0-inch central infotainment screen, a head-up display and an instrument binnacle designed to maximise forward vision. As is currently the trend, most functions are controlled by a touch interface rather than by physical buttons and there's a rotary drive selector instead of a conventional gear shifter. Boot space is competitive but no more than that.

Market and Model

You'll need just under £62,000 for an RZ 450e, which from launch was being offered only in 'Direct 4' 4WD form. You'd expect a cutting edge level of infotainment and media connectivity for that and to meet that need, Lexus has slotted in the same system as you find in the second generation NX, with its clever "Hey Lexus" 'personal assistant' voice control system. The set-up works via a wide 14.0-inch central screen and, of course, incorporates 'Android Auto' and 'Apple CarPlay' smartphone-mirroring. Nice optional touches include a dimmable panoramic roof which reflects infrared radiation to better insulate the interior against the outside temperature and can be switched to opaque at the touch of a switch. One in four customers are expected to opt for the unusual butterfly-shaped 'One Motion Grip' steering wheel which will be available from 2023. And we particularly like the knee height heaters ahead of the front seats which provide front seat occupants with what Lexus describes as 'the feeling of a warm blanket around the legs'.

Cost of Ownership

We gave you the expected driving range in our 'Driving Experience' section - around 250 miles. An 80% charge of the 71.4kWh battery takes around 30 minutes, if you can find a suitably rapid charger. An optional 11kW AC charger in future will help with overnight charges for those with a compatible wall box. The brand says that the battery will hold 90% of its range for the first ten years of its life, aided by water cooling for the cells, with active thermal management of the battery further aiding durability and range. That range is optimised courtesy of an on-board solar charging system that aims to minimise the effect of cold weather on usability. By using the provided LexusLink app, RZ users can not only check battery charge and driving range but set charging schedules according to when the vehicle is next expected to be driven or to when energy prices are low, The app also allows the owner to remotely control the climate of the car.

Summary

Lexus sees itself as a 'design innovator' and it was certainly that when two decades ago, its luxury saloons introduced wealthy executives to the concept of Hybrid power. That advance owed almost everything to borrowed Toyota technology, as does the engineering behind this RZ model. There's nothing here we haven't seen before, but the combination of elements like the steer-by-wire system and the 'Direct 4' traction set-up really do feel cutting-edge. You couldn't say the same about the 250 mile driving range figure or the 400V electrical architecture, but Lexus and Toyota engineers are no doubt working feverishly in both these areas to improve things. In summary, the Lexus brand is certainly moving forward - this is one of twenty new or revised models it will introduce by 2025. Few of them though, will be more important than this one.

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Standard Equipment

Technical Data

Exterior Features

Paintwork

Trim

Driver Convenience

  • 4 driving modes EV/Eco/Normal/Sport
  • Active and Acceleration Sound Control
  • Advanced precollision system including intersection assitance and emergency steering assist
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Bluetooth mobile connectivity
  • Dynamic radar cruise control
  • E-call
  • Electric power steering with speed sensitive features
  • Extended Lexus safety systems + 3 includes Front cross traffic alert, Lane change assist and Drive monitor
  • Front and rear parking sensors with intelligent clearance sonar
  • Lane trace assist
  • Lexus link connected services
  • Lexus link pro with 14" touchscreen multimedia/cloud-based nav/Hey Lexus smart assistant/remote services
  • PAS
  • Push button start
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Reversing camera
  • Road sign assist - RSA
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto
  • Wireless charger for compatible phones

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

  • 11kW AC on board charger
  • 3 pin to Type 2 10A charging cable
  • Type 2 mode 3 32A charging cable
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

Entertainment

  • 10 speakers
  • 2 front and 2 rear USB type C chargers
  • AM/FM and DAB radio

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Automatic headlamp activation
  • Black wheel arches
  • Fixed panoramic roof
  • Front and rear one touch power windows with voice command
  • Glove and towel set
  • Headlight cleaners
  • L-shaped rear light bar
  • LED brake lights and rear lights with emergency brake signal
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights with auto high beam
  • LED Indicators
  • Power back door
  • Privacy glass
  • Privacy glass, rear doors and tailgate
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Rear side wing doors

Interior Features

  • 12V accessory port centre console and luggage compartment
  • 2 cupholders in front centre console
  • 2 x fixed shopping bag hooks in the boot
  • 2 x sun visors with vanity mirror and lamp
  • 2-way lumbar support for driver
  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
  • 4 x lashing hooks in the boot
  • 60/40 split rear seat
  • 8-way electrically adjustable seats for driver and passenger
  • Adjustable back rest tilt on rear seats
  • Charge cable bag
  • Dial type shift control
  • Door trim ornament - synthetic leather
  • Dual zone air conditioning
  • Front headrests
  • Front tray in front of centre console
  • Heated front seats
  • LED IN - EI Illumination
  • Paddle shifts
  • Power adjustable steering wheel
  • Rear headrests
  • Single front passenger seat
  • Steering wheel switches with soft touch operation
  • Tahara synthetic leather heated steering wheel
  • Tahara synthetic leather upholstery
  • Textile carpet mats
  • Two way opening centre armrest with storage
  • Under console storage bag

Passive Safety

  • 2 x Isofix child rear seat restraints
  • 3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist System (BAS)
  • Curtain shield airbags (front and rear)
  • Driver and front passenger airbags
  • Driver and front passenger side airbags
  • Driver knee airbag
  • E-Latch with safe exit assist
  • ECB (Electronically Controlled Brake System)
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Front and outer rear seatbelts with pre-tensioners,force limiter, tension reduction and reminder
  • Front centre airbag
  • Front passenger airbag cut off switch
  • Front passenger seat cushion airbag
  • Hill assist control
  • Manual child lock in rear doors
  • Tyre pressure warning

Security

  • 2 x remote key fobs
  • Customisable auto door lock
  • Keyless entry
  • Motion sensor key
  • Thatcham approved locking wheel nuts
  • Thatcham category 1 alarm + immobiliser
  • VIN etching

Wheels

  • 18" alloy wheels
  • Tyre repair kit

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    71.4
  • Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Charge Time (Mins)
    615
  • Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Percentage Change
    0-100
  • Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Power Supply - kW
    7
  • Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Power Supply - kW
    150
  • Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Charge Time (Mins)
    25
  • Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Percentage Change
    0-80
  • Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Charge Time (Mins)
    Not Available
  • Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Percentage Change
    Not Available
  • Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Power Supply - kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Charge Time (Mins)
    Not Available
  • Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Percentage Change
    Not Available
  • Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Power Supply - kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Charging Port Location
    Left Side Front
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • Usable Battery Capacity
    Not Available
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb
    394
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb
    245

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2 (g/km)
    0
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    Not Available

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    Not Available
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Not Available
  • CC
    1
  • Compression Ratio
    Not Available
  • Cylinder Layout
    Not Available
  • Cylinders
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    Not Available
  • Engine Layout
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    Not Available
  • Gears
    1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    Not Available
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Not Available
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    Not Available

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
  • Badge Power
    313
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    e
  • Coin Series
    Premium pack
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    Not Available
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    Not Available
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Service Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    5.6
  • Engine Power - BHP
    313
  • Engine Power - KW
    230
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    321
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    44.4
  • Engine Torque - NM
    435
  • Top Speed
    99

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    N/A

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    235/60 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear
    255/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1635
  • Length
    4805
  • Wheelbase
    2850
  • Width
    1895

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    Not Available
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2296
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    750
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • No. of Seats
    5

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"First time using Silverstone Fleet Management & would recommend them to everyone. Tom & Michelle were excellent. Both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Always keeping me up to date & nothing was too much of an ask. Couldn't be happier with my car & look forward to using Silverstone Fleet Management in the future."

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"Tom Bailey and the team at Silverstone Fleet Management went above and beyond when I was looking for my next vehicle. Despite being extremely picky, Tom was patient and resourceful to help me find the perfect car. The hand over process managed by Michelle and others was also extremely smooth. Thanks SFM!"

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Top Speed99mph
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