2020 Lexus RX: How it stand against Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

2020 Lexus RX: How it stand against Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

The 2020 model year update for the Lexus RX is one of the best-selling SUVs in the United Arab Emirates. The flagship SUV of Toyota’s luxury brand now features a wide range of features and styling updates. With its premium price tag features and cramped third-row seating option,

Lexus RX front

Here, we will compare the outgoing model of 2020 Lexus RX against the likes of Alfa Romeo Stelvio and its German competitor the Mercedes Benz GLC-class. Courtesy of the Japanese carmaker’s latest update, the outgoing model of Lexus RX comes equipped with an updated infotainment system. Customers get the option of selecting between an 8-inch or larger 12.3-inch infotainment display which will come equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

Lexus RX side

How much is the 2020 Lexus RX? 

Like Alfa Romeo Stelvio, even the outgoing version of 2020 Lexus RX is available in two variants and the prices for the base 350 Prestige model starts at AED 230,000 followed by the top of the range 350 Platinum model priced at AED 275,000. In comparison, the top of the range Lexus RX is not as expensive as its German rival which is AED 10,000 more expensive than the equivalent RX trim.

2020 Lexus RX Alfa Romeo Stelvio Mercedes- Benz GLC-Class
Variant Price (OTR) Variant Price (OTR) Variant Price (OTR)
350 Prestige AED 230,000 2.0L Light Edition AED 221,655 250 4MATIC AED 205,000
N/A N/A 2.0L First Edition AED 254,730 300 4MATIC AED 240,000
350 Platinum AED 275,000 N/A N/A AMG 43 4Matic AED 285,000

Mercedes GLC-Class

Is 2020 Lexus RX a good car?
Alfa Romeo Stelvio with its fashionably Italian, aggressive, curvaceous, sporty, and flamboyant styling is an impressive offering. The Italian SUV is not only a fan favorite but also undercuts the prices of 2020 Lexus RX by a considerable margin. Even so, thanks to its renowned Japanese reliability, luxurious, premium features, aggressive styling, and competitive price tag, the 2020 Lexus RX managers to hold its ground against the Italian powerhouse.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Is 2020 Lexus RX underpowered? 

It’s all about perspective! The convenience of owning a premium Japanese SUV with its renowned reliability and the comfortable yet well-equipped cabin comes at its cost. In this case, the cost is weight, 1915 kg of curb weight to be exact which is how much the Lexus RX weighs. So even though the 2020 Lexus RX is more powerful than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and non-AMG GLC-Class variants, it feels underpowered and at 7.7 seconds is the slowest to 100 kmph from a standstill of all other models in the comparison.

Lexus RX side

  2020 Lexus RX Alfa Romeo Stelvio Mercedes- Benz GLC-Class
Length 4890 mm 4680 mm 4656 mm
Width 1895 mm 2160 mm 1890 mm
Height 1690 mm 1670 mm 1639 mm
Ground Clearance 8.25 inches 8.1 inches 7.126 inches (8.937 inches with DYNAMIC SELECT)
Wheel Base 2790 mm 2818 mm 2873 mm
Curb Weight 1990 kg 1660 kg 1790 kg

Lexus RX engine

  2020 Lexus RX Alfa Romeo Stelvio Mercedes- Benz GLC-Class
Engine 3.5- Liter DOHC 6-cylinder Petrol 2.0- Litre DOHC 4-cylinder Petrol 2.0- Litre 2.0- Litre 3.0- Litre
Power 296 bhp 280 bhp 211 bhp 245 bhp 367 bhp
Torque 370 Nm 400 Nm 350 Nm 370 Nm 520 Nm
0-100 kmph Acceleration Time 7.7 seconds 5.7 seconds 7.3 seconds 6.5 seconds 4.9 seconds
Fuel Economy (L/100 kms) 9.0 8.9 7.1 7.7 8.7

Which is better 2020 Lexus RX or Mercedes- Benz GLC-Class 250 4MATIC?

The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class 250 4matic and the 2020 Lexus RX offer similar performance and reliability. The scales, however, tip in favor of the German contender if we talk about speed but when it comes to convenience and fuel economy, Lexus RX manages to offer the best in class efficiency but in our opinion, it does not justify the AED 25,000 price margin. We are still partial to the Italian SUV as Alfa Romeo Stelvio manages to offer respectable 0 to 100 sprint time and at the same time offers fuel efficiency that is only short of that of the Lexus RX by a sliver (1ml/km).

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