2017 Lexus RC Coupe Review Reveals The Good & Bad Of Owning A 4-Series Alternative

When it comes to sporty premium coupe models such as the BMW 4-Series, Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, the verdict is often times in favor of the Bimmer if you value driving dynamics.

So then what can Lexus do in order to make a case for their RC Coupe? Carwow’s Mat Watson tested the Japanese coupe to find out.

In the UK, the RC starts from £34,995, which makes it not just more expensive than an entry-level 4-Series, but also less diverse, as its only available in three distinct versions – the RC 300h (the one tested here), the RC 200t and the flagship RC F, priced at £59,995.

Behind the wheel of the RC 300h, Watson feels like there’s plenty to appreciate, such as the car’s quiet nature and the fact that it’s still sportier to drive than other Lexus models. However, it still doesn’t quite match its rivals in terms of driving dynamics and the somewhat cheaper plastics found sparingly throughout the cabin might turn certain customers away.

The review touches on technology, fuel economy, practicality, comfort and so on – with some features looking genuinely good, while others seemingly slightly disappointing.

By sticking around until the end of the review you’ll be able to here the usual pluses and minuses, which in turn may help put things into perspective when it comes to this car.


  • fabri99

    The RC is hands down the best looking car in its class, with the nicest interiors and the most hi-tech gadgets. If only they could learn how to make cars fun to drive…

    • MultiKdizzle

      In F-Sport guise, I agree with you. Otherwise, meh.

  • J Hod

    of course, its nothing special! just a bunch of metal put together with a design done by drunks.

    • emjayay

      On saki.

  • BlackPegasus

    That center console is the only reason I never considered this car. In F sport trim it’s a distinctive beauty on the road but once you sit inside its all downhill.

  • why do they bother, it looks like its been designed in the 80s, ugly for the sake of being different. just stop it.
    The interior is a horror

    • Jk

      Are you stupid or blind? Designed in the 80’s? NO. RC and IS have sharp angles, modern and BOLD design that is way ahead of any other car.

      BMWs and Audis look like they are stuck in the 80’s. However the new 2017 A4 has sharper edges and lines which is obvious they’re copying Lexus…lol

      • my eyes work bub all lexus vehicles look garbage, might be modern in japan here its just shit.

      • oh im sorry did i offend you diddums?

  • Big Black Duck

    was he saying “Assy”

  • Ary Wisesa

    Nice car. Very different from others, and it’s a good thing. I will buy one someday.

  • emjayay

    I just have no idea what is going on with design at a lot of Japanese car markers. One awful tortured pointless design after another, definitely including this one. And Japan has an incredible artistic history, combining subtle pure aesthetics with craft, none of which is seen in most of their current awful auto designs, particularly from Toyota/Lexus. Most recent Hondas are also all trees and no forest when they aren’t channeling BMW. Nissans are often way, way overdone if overdone in a well coordinated way. Mazda is trying, if not exactly always succeeding. Subaru doesn’t even try really, just makes a bunch of cars where any design concept is just sort of beside the point. If I walk by a car and don’t know what it is, I know it’s a Subaru.

    It’s just disappointing that they have gone so far astray in so many directions given their heritage.

  • Bob White

    It has no soul and is easily forgettable. Worst of all, nobody cares if it disappears tomorrow just like any Toyota…

    OMG!!! A CVT?? With an engine more a home in my lawnmower.

  • Enter Ranting

    It looks like Lexus hired the entire design team from Pontiac, and then gave them LSD.

  • TheBelltower

    This guy gets a huge chubby whenever he talks about the design of any current Lexus. I don’t get it. It’s awful.

  • Ag

    Look at all the Lexus haters in this forum ..LOL. They cant stand that Lexus design is more bold, sharp and aggressive than their boring, lazy german designs…LOL

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