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Car Advice Comparison: The Lexus RC 350 F SPORT vs. BMW 435i

Lexus RC 350 vs BMW 435i

CarAdvice in Australia have compared the Lexus RC 350 F SPORT & BMW 435i in a realistic review:

Lexus has thrown the gauntlet down to the opposition, pricing the RC350 F Sport at $74,000 – just $1000 over the IS350 sedan with which it shares its interior and rear suspension. The 435i coupe, meanwhile, costs $108,530 – $15K over the 335i sedan with which it shares all its fundamentals (engine, chassis).

It’s not uncommon to pay more for something organic like the BMW, versus one that is heavily processed like the Lexus. Equally, however, there’s no denying the win to the best value coupe (literally) by the kilo when it can please drivers and passengers just as well as the one that costs a lot more.

Read the full Car Advice RC 350 vs BMW 435i Comparison (Thanks Shukul!)

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    GonnaGetFlamed
  • December 11, 2014
The conclusion is ridiculous. Point by point they say the BMW is better, and then at the end based on cost alone they say the challenger (Lexus) won. The last three paragraphs: "As an overall package the BMW is more convincing than the Lexus, particularly in terms of infotainment and powertrain prowess. The extra engineering effort to make it light also proved beneficial in terms of economy – the 435i slurped 9.4 litres per 100 kilometres, up from its 8.1L/100km combined cycle claim; the RC350 11.8L/100km, up from its 9.4L/100km claim. It’s not uncommon to pay more for something organic like the BMW, versus one that is heavily processed like the Lexus. Equally, however, there’s no denying the win to the best value coupe (literally) by the kilo when it can please drivers and passengers just as well as the one that costs a lot more. The challenger has challenged … and by the barest of margins won." So the BMW is "more convincing". The BMW "slurped" 25% less fuel. Read the article and on every point the BMW is "nonchalant" or more refined or generally preferred. And then in the very last line of the article they flip flop and say that Lexus won. With nothing at all in the article to back it up other than the fact that the Lexus has a lower price tag. Well, you get what you pay for. If the BMW is a better car, they can afford to charge more, and the people will pay it because it's a better car.
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      Tinhinnh
    • December 11, 2014
    CarAdvice Rating: Lexus 8.5......BMW 8.0 The 435i may be lighter on its feet, but it's heavier on the wallet.
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    gyrase321
  • December 11, 2014
The RC350 and BMW 435i are functionally equivalent. The spec differences between them are not enough to justify the price premium of the BMW. That's why the Lexus wins on value.
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      Tinhinnh
    • December 13, 2014
    I hate it when a reviewer says "the company couldn't provide us with a certain model" (428i in this case).
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      Mike
    • December 25, 2014
    Explain how is it equivalent when the 435i is one full second faster than the lexus? Can you imagine the Amount of engineering that goes in to that one second, BMW is lighter with 50:50 weight distribution, lowest centre of gravity of any BMW ever made and also at the end of the day you can check out the time in your Casio or Rolex, same time in both watches does not mean they are equivalent.
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  • December 12, 2014
The BMW will almost diassemble itself at 100k miles, going to the repair shop for defects on a fortnightingly shedule. The Lexus will do 300k with a set of brake discs and a couple of spark plugs as the only spare parts. THAT is the real difference!
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    Travis
  • December 12, 2014
Am I the only person who hates the RC F Sport wheels ?
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      Tinhinnh
    • December 13, 2014
    The standard 18's actually looks quite nice.
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    F1orce
  • December 12, 2014
The difference is that the RC looks and is a real coupe. Whereas as the 4 series is a snoozmobil 3 series with 2 less doors
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      Tinhinnh
    • December 13, 2014
    I honestly think the RC is actually a GS coupe and the 4 series is a 5series coupe since they look bigger than their sedan counterparts.
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      Ayo DocMkize
    • December 30, 2014
    I think worse the 4 series looks more the BMW GT which is a hideous thing.
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    deusex
  • December 12, 2014
Weird review, is like they wanted to give Lex more credit but they couldn't.
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      Tinhinnh
    • December 13, 2014
    They did gave Lex credit - it won :)
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    Mman611
  • December 22, 2014
those prices seem a little off...

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