LEXUS LX600 ULTRA LUXURY LIVES UP TO ITS NAME


Effectively an upmarket version of the Toyota LandCruiser, the Lexus LX large premium
SUV has been around since the mid-1990s.

The latest (fourth generation) LX arrived here at the end of 2021 shortly after the new
LC300. It comes with petrol or diesel power, four equipment variants, three seating options
and a host of new safety and tech features.

The four variants are base LX, Sports Luxury, F Sport, and Ultra Luxury. The first three are
available with either petrol or diesel engines, the Ultra Luxury is petrol only.

Prices range from $148,800 for an LX500d seven-seater through to $210,800 for the
LX600 Ultra Luxury.

STYLING
There’s not a lot of scope for adventurous styling in large 4WD/SUVs such as the
LandCruiser, Nissan Patrol or Lexus LX, so much of the work on differentiating between
them goes into the grille.

In the case of the LX the designers certainly haven’t pulled any punches. The well-
established Lexus spindle grille is huge and dominates the front of the vehicle.

In the entry-level LX, Sports Luxury and Ultra Luxury variants it features seven brushed
chrome horizontal bars. To our eyes such so much chrome in such a large grille doesn’t
look like it belongs in a premium luxury vehicle such as this. We much prefer the more
subtle black mesh fill used in the F Sport models. Other we talked to had the opposite
opinion so it’s very much down to personal taste.

In profile there’s little to distinguish the LX from its LandCruiser sibling. The base LX
models rolls on 20-inch alloy wheels; the higher-spec variants all get 22-inchers together
with a standard moonroof.

The rear features an eye-catching full-width LED light bar with LED taillights.

INTERIOR
The LX comes with the choice of four, five or seven seats depending on the grade. Our
test car was the flagship Ultra Luxury and the name says it all. With just two individual rear
seats, it’s clearly aimed more at the corporate rather than the family market.

The rear occupants are seated in twin captain’s chairs with 48-degree reclining; massage
function; deluxe headrests; passenger-side ottoman, and exclusive quilted upholstery. The
central touchscreen between the rear seats allows passengers to control the seats as well
as the rear climate control.

Unusually, although the rear seats can be reclined, they do not have length adjustment
and legroom can be restricted for taller passengers. The problem can be alleviated,
subject to the agreement from front seat occupants, with the seat tilt mechanism moving
the front seats forward.

SAFETY
Standard safety features across the LX range include 10 airbags; autonomous emergency
braking including for pedestrians and cyclists; active traction control; dynamic radar cruise
control; lane departure warning and correction; intersection turn assist; road speed sign
assist; downhill assist control; hill start assist; crawl control; front and rear parking sensors
and support brake; reversing camera with washer; pre-collision safety system with
emergency steering assist; multi-terrain select and monitor; blind spot monitoring; rear
cross traffic alert; adaptive high-beam System; 360-degree camera; and tyre pressure
warning.

ENGINES/TRANSMISSIONS
The previous V8 petrol and diesel engines are gone, replaced by the 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6
diesel, as used in the LandCruiser, but also with the option of a new 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6
petrol.

Both engines have smaller capacities than their superseded equivalents but with
significantly more power and torque but lower fuel consumption. Specifically, the petrol unit
petrol V6 puts out 305kW at 5200rpm and 650Nm from 2000-3600rpm; while the diesel
produces 227kW of power and 700Nm of torque from 1600-2600rpm.

Both engines are paired to a 10-speed torque converter automatic transmission.

INFOTAINMENT
Three screens come into play for the LX. In the centre console There’s a 12.3-inch colour
touchscreen for infotainment features including satellite navigation and smartphone
mirroring of wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Directly below there is a 7.0-inch display that controls the off-road settings as well as air
conditioning. In front of the driver is an 8.0-inch LCD screen with normal dashboard
information.

There are USB-A and USB-C sockets below the centre console as well as in the rear
where there is also a HDMI input. There is a wireless phone charger located in the rear
armrest / control panel with two more USB-C ports inside the armrest.

There are touchscreens mounted to the back of the front seats which allow rear
passengers to access AM, FM and digital audio as well as their choice of entertainment
through either USB or HDMI using wireless headphones.

Audiophiles will be blown away by the premium Mark Levinson Reference sound system
with, believe it or not, 25 speakers.

DRIVING
Getting into and out of the big LX is a bit of a climb but is helped by side steps, interior
grab handles and height-adjustable suspension which enables the vehicle to be lowered
by 27mm. Then, depending on the drive mode selected, it can be raised to a maximum of
103mm.

The push-button start / stop button has been enhanced and now comes with a fingerprint
sensor for added security. It can cater for up to 10 different drivers

Like its LandCruiser cousin the sheer bulk of the Lexus LX doesn’t really suit it to the
urban environment. Having said that the range of cameras, sensors and safety features
such as rear cross traffic alert and lane departure warning should keep most drivers out of
trouble.

The turning circle of 12.8 metres is impressively tight for such a vehicle of its size.

Once out into open territory the LX600 was a delight to drive. It’s smooth, comfortable,
refined and powerful with impressively low noise levels. No matter what the road surface
the big Japanese 4WD simply loped over it with never a sign of it being unsettled.

The ride is relatively firm which will satisfy most Australian drivers.

The 10-speed gearbox is seamless and almost seems able to anticipate when changes
are required.

During our night drive we were able to test the Lexus BladeScan system which adjusts the
high beam on the LED headlights to provide optimum lighting without affecting other
drivers. Once we got used to the blue high beam light fluctuating on and off on the driver’s
display screen, we found it worked well.

The big Lexus is a thirsty beast with fuel consumption listed at 12.1 litres per 100
kilometres. We averaged 12.9 L/100km during our test.

SUMMING UP
Given that it was our test car, we’ve deliberately concentrated on the LX600 Ultra Luxury
in this review but will be getting into the family-oriented seven-seat LX500d shortly and will
take it out onto our favourite off-road route.

RATINGS:
Looks: 8/10
Performance: 9/10
Safety 9/10
Thirst: 7/10
Practicality: 8/10
Comfort: 9/10
Tech: 9/10
Value: 7/10
Overall: 8.2/10

AT A GLANCE

MODEL RANGE
LX 500d 3.3-litre twin-turbo diesel seven-seat: $148,800
LX 500d Sport Luxury 3.3-litre twin-turbo diesel five-seat: $165,800
LX 500d F Sport 3.3-litre twin-turbo diesel five-seat: $171,800
LX 600 3.5-litre twin-turbo petrol seven-seat: $152,300
LX 600 Sport Luxury 3.5-litre twin-turbo petrol five-seat: $169,300
LX600 F Sport 3.5-litre twin-turbo petrol five-seat: $175,300
LX600 Ultra Luxury 3.5-litre twin-turbo petrol four-seat: $210,800
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your
local Lexus dealer for drive-away prices.

SPECIFICATIONS (Lexus LX600 four-seat Ultra Luxury turbo-petrol five-door wagon)

ENGINE:
Capacity: 3.445 litres
Configuration: V6
Maximum Power: 305 kW @ 5200 rpm
Maximum Torque: 650 Nm @ 2000 rpm
Fuel Type: Premium unleaded petrol
Combined Fuel Cycle (ADR 81/02): 12.1 L/100km
CO2 Emissions: 275 g/km

DRIVELINE: Ten-speed Steptronic automatic

DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES:
Length: 5100 mm
Wheelbase: 2850 mm
Width: 1990 mm
Height: 1895 mm
Turning Circle: 12.8 metres
Kerb Mass: 2585 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 110 litres

BRAKES:
Front: Ventilated disc
Rear: Ventilated disc

STANDARD WARRANTY:
Five years / unlimited kilometres

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