Video review: Lexus UX

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Author: | Updated: 16 Jul 2019 10:56

The Lexus UX positions itself as a boldly designed self-charging hybrid that brings class and comfort unseen so far in the compact crossover segment.

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But is that all it can offer in one of the most crowded segments in the automotive world? Or does its hybrid drivetrain offers customers something unique?

Find out what Howard Ritchie makes of it in his latest review…

Styling

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The UX measures 4,495mm long, and benefits from a bold design featuring Lexus’s trademark grille up front. It’s flanked by sharp headlights, front air intakes that incorporate fog lights and chunky black trim around the wheel arches.

Although it borrows many design cues from the company’s larger cars, its standout feature has to be the unique rear end, where a full-width lighting arrangement is flanked by sharp fins on either side.

Interior and practicality

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The interior is rich in quality and offers a ‘less is more’ feel courtesy of a clutter-free dashboard. In fact the entire cabin is very driver-focused, with Lexus saying it creates an ambience where “driver and car connect”.

The dashboard is dominated by a 7in or 10in screen depending on the spec. This is angled towards the driver and is controlled by a touchpad, however it doesn’t offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

Trim levels

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Three trims are available, with the entry-level UX offering 17in alloy wheels, reversing camera, safety features and a seven-inch infotainment.

F Sport adds to this with parking assist sensors, 18in alloy wheels, exterior styling, F Sport themed upholstery, as well as heated and electrically adjustable front seats.

At the top of the range, Takumi offers drivers leather upholstery, 360 degree panoramic view, 10in infotainment, and additional safety features.

Driving and engines

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Sharing the same platform as the Toyota C-HR, the Lexus UX offers drivers an engaging and composed ride with tight body control. It doesn’t compromise on Lexus level of comfort either.

Only one engine is available, a 2.0-litre 250H petrol-electric hybrid automatic which offers a 0-62 of 8.5s and 53.2 miles per gallon fuel economy.

Leasing prices

Lease prices currently start from as low as £295 per month for the Lexus UX, rising to £444 for the E4 Takumi trim.

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