It’s also a shame because low-speed ride should be a given on this type of car, which for all the sporty posturing will rarely be pushed hard. Success on this score would combine with the comfortable and reasonably spacious cabin ambience and mightily impressive refinement of the petrol engine and hybrid system to give comfort-orientated buyers a sound reason for choosing this vehicle.
Part of the reason for this shortcoming may be one of the style-led changes: F-Sport models come on 19-inch alloys, as opposed to the standard 18s. It is rare that larger wheels don’t bring large compromises.
Nor should you think that there is a pay-off for that ride in terms of improved driving engagement. Yes, the RX is composed, particularly so given its relatively low-grip eco tyres, but the steering is a long way from feelsome and the handling relatively mundane. Even in Sport mode, which sharpens throttle responses, performance from the 3.5-litre petrol engine feels good rather than great.
Other accoutrements are more about show: the new ‘spindle’ style grille is now resplendent on all RXs, while F Sport models get a deeper, more vertical front bumper, with a mesh treatment on the upper and lower grilles. Aluminium effect pedals and trim details add some lustre to the already fine interior. Whether these items, plus the extensive standard kit list, make this vehicle worth £52,605 is a moot point, but it does pitch the car at some seriously competitive rivals, not least the M Sport and S-line models from BMW and Audi.