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Lexus RX450h and Abbey

Paul reviewed on 11-01-2019 a Lexus RX450h (220 Kw/299 bhp year: april 2008 - 2015) and a Abbey GTS Vogue 417 of (laden) 1399 kg.

Have been towing with the Lexus RX450h now for a couple of years and am very happy with it. I was a little apprehensive at first due to the car being a hybrid but it doesn't seem to affect things too much to be honest. It will pull the caravan at 40mph on electric only when conditions allow. Nowhere near as torquey as a my previous towcar (Volvo XC60) but copes just as well. Just don't expect it to keep up with the big diesels like land rovers etc up the hills. On a recent trip to the New Forest, I managed to achieve a frankly unbelievable 41mpg!!! This was with 2 adults, 2 children and a weeks worth of food, clothing etc inside the caravan. A total of 240 miles at a modest 50mph, mainly on cruise control. The mpg indicator on this car is usually pretty much accurate so I can only assume this was correct. One down side I would like to mention is the very low towball limit of 80kg. The car is capable of towing 2000kg but I find it hard to believe you could manage to tow a twin axle caravan of this weight and still get the towball weight down to 80kg. I would love to be told different if anyone has managed this. Also, I think the rear suspension is a little on the soft side to cope well with the weight transfer from caravan to car although this is obviously fine on smooth roads. To summarise, anyone that's thinking about buying one of these and using it as a towcar, I'd say just go for it. I don't think you would be disappointed.

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