Leather seats are standard across the range and the front row seats are comfortable and adjustable in every which way. The steering wheel also adjusts to give most people their preferred driving position. The cockpit is adorned with leather as well as aluminium and dark wood with laser-etched detailing, created by the same people at Yamaha that work on guitars and concert pianos. It makes for a classy, understated environment. Build quality is good, but lacks some of the final edge of quality that makes Audi the king of solidity in this type of car. There are a few bits of plastic that feel a bit cheap, and one of our test cars developed a couple of annoying creaks, but overall it’s a solid and well-made place to sit.
The big feature of the RX L is its third row of seats
, which allow two more occupants to sit in the back while still leaving enough boot space for a couple of golf bags, which is impressive. Head space in row three is pretty decent, and there are cupholders between the two back seats, which will fold down electrically into the boot floor if you need extra luggage space. However, legroom is in severely short supply. The second row of seats slide individually to give more space in the back, but then you’re left with very little legroom there, too. With the third row of seats folded away and the second row slid back, legroom is decent, but then there’s a regular RX available if you don’t need the rear seats.
There are two suspension options on the RX L, with the top-of-the-line version sporting an adaptive suspension system that adjusts its stiffness to cope with different road conditions. It has an impressively supple ride quality that = makes for relaxing, comfortable progress. The standard suspension actually improves the car’s handling, but at a slight cost to the ride quality.