Powered by

2016 Lexus RC 200t Review

5 years ago

Good points

  • Base model is very good value
  • Sharp and likeable handling
  • Roomy back seat and boot

Needs work

  • Fiddly sat nav controller
  • Eight-speed auto is a bit sluggish
  • No blind spot assist on base car
2016 Lexus RC 200t - Chasing Cars

Once the kids have all grown up, a luxurious two-door starts to make sense. No longer needing a sedan’s convenient back seat, you’re free to choose a seductively-lined coupe.

Two-doors are usually based on an underlying sedan platform, making them practical enough to use every day.

Lexus entered this segment two years ago with the RC 350, largely based on the IS sedan.

The basic premise that a six-cylinder RC 350 could be yours for the price of a four-cylinder BMW 4 Series or Audi A5. Not a bad offer.

Since then the RC range has spawned a V8 model and the latest addition is the 2016 RC 200t with a turbo four-cylinder.

The great value is still there with this new 180kW model taking on the BMW 430i and Mercedes – but the Lexus is comfortably ten to twenty grand less than the Germans.

The standard kit remains staggering – even this base model includes heated and cooled seats, premium sound, active cruise control and LED headlights.

The comfortable interior and pleasing dynamics mean you’re not missing much by choosing the Lexus over a German. As we found over ten days, the Lexus RC 200t is an easy car to justify.

2016 Lexus RC 200t Review

Insurance

Comprehensive cover
/ year
(indicative only)

Estimate courtesy of

Budget Direct

Insurance

Comprehensive cover
/ year
(indicative only)

Estimate courtesy of

Budget Direct

Key specs (as tested)

Engine
Capacity
2.0L
Cylinders
4
Induction
Single turbocharger
Power
180kW at 5,800rpm
Torque
350Nm between 1,650rpm and 4,400rpm
Configuration
Conventional
Power to weight ratio
107kW / tonne
Fuel
Fuel type
Petrol
Fuel capacity
66L
Consumption
7.3L/100km
Average Range
904km
Drivetrain
Transmission
Automatic
Drivetrain
Rear-wheel-drive
Engine configuration
In-line
Gears
8
Dimensions
Length
4695mm
Width
1840mm
Height
1395mm
Unoccupied weight
1685kg
Cargo space seats up
423L
Cargo seats down
Unspecified

About Chasing cars

Chasing Cars reviews are 100% independent.

Because we are powered by Budget Direct Insurance, we don’t receive advertising or sales revenue from car manufacturers.

We’re truly independent – giving you Australia’s best car reviews.

Terms and conditions

The estimate provided does not take into account your personal circumstances but is intended to give a general indication of the cost of insurance, in order to obtain a complete quote, please visit www.budgetdirect.com.au. Estimate includes 15%^ online discount.
^Conditions Apply

Budget Direct Insurance arranged by Auto & General Services Pty Ltd ACN 003 617 909(AGS) AFSL 241 411, for and on behalf of the insurer, Auto & General Insurance Company Limited(ABN 42 111 586 353, AFSL 285 571).Because we don’t know your financial needs, we can’t advise you if this insurance will suit you. You should consider your needs and the Product Disclosure Statement before making a decision to buy insurance. Terms and conditions apply.

Indicative quote based on assumptions including postcode , 40 year old male with no offences, licence suspensions or claims in the last 5 years, a NCD Rating 1 and no younger drivers listed. White car, driven up to 10,000kms a year, unfinanced, with no modifications, factory options and/or non-standard accessories, private use only and garaged at night.

^Online Discounts Terms & Conditions
1. Discounts apply to the premium paid for a new Budget Direct Gold Comprehensive Car Insurance, Third Party Property Only or Third Party Property, Fire & Theft Insurance policy initiated online on or after 29 March 2017. Discounts do not apply to optional Roadside Assistance.
2. Discounts do not apply to any renewal offer of insurance.
3. Discounts only apply to the insurance portion of the premium. Discounts are applied before government charges, taxes, levies and fees, including instalment processing fees (as applicable). The full extent of discounts may therefore be impacted.
4. We reserve the right to change the offer without notice.