LEXUS

LEXUS UX HATCHBACK 250h 2.0 F-Sport 5dr CVT [Nav]

Fuel

FuelPetrol/Electric Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.5s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2120 g/km

One of the market's most profitable segments at present is that for premium-branded mid-sized SUVs of the more compact sort. Lexus is a late-comer to this sector but in characteristic style, has brought something different to it in the form of this UX model.

THE LEXUS UX FACTOR

The Lexus UX positions Lexus optimally in the compact part of the mid-sized premium brand SUV sector. Jonathan Crouch drives it

Ten Second Review

One of the market's most profitable segments at present is that for premium-branded mid-sized SUVs of the more compact sort. Lexus is a late-comer to this sector but in characteristic style, has brought something different to it in the form of this UX model.

Background

The UX competes directly against cars like the Volvo XC40, the Jaguar E-PACE, the Audi Q3, the BMW X1 and the Mercedes GLA. The angular Lexus NX, which previously represented the company against rivals such as these, has been repositioned a little further up-market as an alternative to slightly larger medium-sized models (think Audi Q5s and BMW X3s). So, does the UX stand a chance against such an army of fiercely talented competitors? Well the looks are certainly a little different to what's on offer elsewhere in this sector - and so is the core powertrain, a non-Plug-in petrol/electric hybrid. There's also an alternative UX 300e battery full-electric version available if you want it. Lexus believes that over 80% of buyers will never have owned one of the company's products before. Will they like this one? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

The UX was the first Lexus to be constructed using its brand's GA-C global architecture platform, which offers gains in torsional rigidity that enable this car to be far more nimble and driver-orientated than the company's previous compact model offering, the CT200h. The platform also enables the UX to have the lowest centre of gravity of any vehicle in its class. It's surprisingly light for a hybrid too, thanks to weight-saving measures in the body construction, including the use of lightweight aluminium for the side doors, wings and bonnet, as well as a resin material for the back door. The line-up's core model is the UX 250h petrol/electric self-charging (non-Plug-in) hybrid variant, a car which uses its brand's fourth generation hybrid electric system that features a redesigned 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and an electronic continuously variable transmission CVT auto transmission. It's available both with front-wheel drive and with Lexus's E-Four AWD system. The engine output is 176bhp, enough to take the car to 62mph in about 8.5s en route to around 110mph. In development, particular efforts were made to reduce any "rubber band" effect in the operation of the hybrid system and transmission, by optimising the level of electric motor assistance and engine rpm to generate a sense of linear acceleration without the engine running at high revs. The alternative version of this model is the all-electric UX 300e. This derivative's 54.3kWh lithium-ion battery generates plenty of power - 204hp, with 300Nm of almost instantly available torque which spears you away from rest like a hot hatch. 62mph from rest occupies 7.5s but top speed is limited to 100mph and you can use steering wheel paddleshifters to alter the level of braking regeneration.

Design and Build

Does this look like an SUV to you? For us, it's more of a family hatch than it is any kind of crossover - but maybe that's just the point. Lexus is trying to blur the boundaries here to make movement into this car from, say, a BMW 1 Series or an Audi A3 that much easier. From a stylistic point of view, the Japanese brand says that its aim with the UX wasn't to conform to the established, solid crossover look, but to achieve a strong and stylish silhouette that was more distinctive and dynamic. This design approach can be seen in the way the front and rear wings flare strongly outwards in relation to the car's basic form, which flows out from the lines of the spindle grille to envelop the cabin. At the front, the arrangement of the headlights and the spindle grille are incorporated into a deep, strong shape created by the hood and bumper to try and generate a sense of security. At the rear, a condensed styling treatment contrasts sharply with the flared wings to try and emphasise the UX's crossover qualifications. The UX measures 4,495mm long, 1,520mm high and 1,840mm wide and has a 2,640mm wheelbase. An 870mm couple distance ensures ample space for rear seat passengers in the surprisingly roomy cabin. The instrument panel has a low, unobtrusive design and the slim A-pillar mouldings have been shaped to improve visibility and give the kind of commanding outward view that is expected of a crossover. Out back, the load area is a generous 791mm long.

Market and Model

Both front and all-wheel drive versions of the UX 250h, are available and prices start at around £30,000 for the base UX model. It costs around £4,000 more to trade up to the more dynamic-looking 'F Sport' variant - or around £9,000 more to get top-spec luxury-orientated 'Takumi' trim. The base UX grade features the Lexus Safety System+ package of camera-driven kit, plus a navigation system, dual-zone air conditioning, full-LED headlights, 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring and 17-inch alloys. Key features for the F Sport include an F Sport-themed sporty interior and exterior styling features, including F Sport 18-inch alloy wheels and a front spindle grille, plus F Sport front seats with fabric and Tahara upholstery, pedals and steering wheel in the cabin. The specification also includes rear privacy glass, heated, power-adjustable front seats and a heated steering wheel. The Takumi, named in celebration of Lexus's skilled takumi craftsmen, offers smooth leather upholstery, integrated front seat ventilation, a bespoke Mark Levinson 13-speaker Premium Surround Sound system, a 10-inch multimedia display, a 360-degree camera, a driver's head-up display, a sunroof, a Blind Spot Monitor and a Rear Cross Traffic Alert with braking function system. Premium Pack and Premium Plus Pack options are available to add in more luxury.

Cost of Ownership

You might be approaching this UX wanting diesel-style returns from petrol power - and that's pretty much what you get. Let's look at the WLTP figures. Mated to front wheel drive, the hybrid engine delivers up to 53.2mpg on the combined cycle and up to 120g/km of CO2. For the E-FOUR AWD version, the figures are up to 47.0mpg and up to 135g/km. As you'd expect, to get the full benefit of the potential efficiency of this Lexus, you've got to do your part as a driver - and that means proactive use of the various modes and systems provided. You'll need to keep a very careful eye on the Hybrid system gauge that replaces the usual rev counter on the dash, making sure that the needle stays as often as possible in either of the blue 'Eco' or 'Charge' zones. Those in a frugal frame of mind will also want to keep an eye on the various graphical screens provided by the fascia's centre-dash colour monitor. Go to the 'Trip Information' part of its 'Vehicle' section and you'll find under 'Past Record' a screen that graphically shows your success - or otherwise - in terms of recently achieved frugality. Another option on this screen is the useful 'Energy Monitor', there to show at a glance at any time what's charging or being driven by what. The graphics for this are provided in simpler form as one of the selectable settings provided by the central instrument binnacle display screen. The alternative version of this car is the all-electric UX 300e, which has a WLTP driving range of 186 miles and can be recharged from a 7kW garage wallbox in 7 hours.

Summary

You might wonder whether the market really needs another posh little SUV like this, but we would contend that this segment wasn't really complete until Lexus entered it. True to form, the Japanese brand is the only one of the established players in this premium part of this class to offer the option of full-Hybrid power and that in itself will be enough to garner this UX plenty of sales in a market where plenty of buyers want an alternative to diesel. Obvious rivals are certain to quickly correct this oversight though and it'll be at that point that Lexus' decision not to - initially at least - given this car plug-in hybrid technology might be shown to be a little short-sighted. Still, you can plug in with the all-electric UX 300e variant if you want ultimate efficiency and you're prepared to pay for it. We should also mention the styling. Overall, we like it but this car is really more of an ordinary Focus-style family hatch than any kind of SUV - a Lexus CT200h replacement in all but name. Think of it in those terms and it makes plenty of sense. As Lexus models tend to do.

  • Rear wiper
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Acoustic windscreen
  • Privacy glass, rear doors and tailgate
  • Front and rear one touch power windows, with anti-jam protection

  • Secondary Collision Brake (SCB)
  • TRC (Traction Control)
  • EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electric parking brake
  • ECB (Electronically Controlled Brake System)
  • BAS (Brake Assist System)
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)

  • Textile carpet mats

  • Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM)
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
  • F Sport suspension tuning and rear performance dampers

  • Lexus link connected services
  • Compatible mobile phone bluetooth with audio streaming
  • E-call
  • Apple car play/Android Auto

  • 4 driving modes EV/Eco/Normal/Sport
  • Lane change flasher function
  • Electric power steering (EPS) with speed sensitive
  • Parking assist sensors, 4 front and 4 rear
  • Reversing camera with back guide lines
  • Lexus safety systems + includes dynamic radar cruise control, pre collision system day and night, lane tracing assist, road sign assist

  • Push button start

  • Analogue clock with GPS function
  • 7" Lexus media display
  • Trip computer
  • Remote touch interface
  • 8" LFA inspired TFT meters with movable meter ring
  • Lexus navigation system

  • Electric adjustable/heated door mirrors
  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror

  • AUX socket with VTR compatibility
  • CD player
  • 6 speakers
  • 2 front USB and 2 rear USB charging points
  • AM/FM and DAB radio

  • F SPORT exterior styling consists of black Mesh front grille, enhanced side rockers, metallic coated front bumper and F SPORT badging
  • Black roof drip mouldings
  • Single hidden exhaust pipe
  • Aero stabilising arch mouldings
  • Aluminium roof rails
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Shark fin roof aerial
  • Body adhesive, laser screw welding and laser brazed roof structure

  • Headlight cleaners
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lights
  • LED cornering headlights
  • Aero stabilising rear lights
  • Aero ventilated wheels
  • LED front and rear fog lights
  • Bi-LED (low and high beam) headlights with Auto High Beam (AHB)

  • Rear air vents with 2 USB chargers
  • Dual zone electronic climate control + Nano-E humidity sensor

  • Fabric/Tahara leather upholstery
  • Tilt/reach adjustable steering column
  • Glovebox
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Rear armrest with 2 cupholders
  • 2 cup holders in the centre console
  • 4 x tie down hooks in the boot
  • Active sound control
  • Driver and passenger door pocket
  • F Sport aluminium sports pedals
  • Centre armrest with storage
  • Storage tray under audio panel
  • Card holder installed in driver and passengers sun visors
  • F Sport interior styling
  • F SPORT dimpled leather gear lever
  • F SPORT Aluminium front scuff plates
  • 12V accessory port centre console and luggage compartment
  • 2 x folding shopping bag hooks in boot
  • F Sport leather steering wheel with paddle shifts
  • Under deck storage
  • Under desk side storage

  • LED interior illumination

  • Tyre pressure warning
  • Driver/front passenger side airbags
  • Passenger airbag cut-off device
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Front and rear curtain shield airbags
  • Front adjustable seatbelt anchor points
  • Rear outer seatbelt+pre-tensioners,force limiter+tension reduction: 3-point with active safety link to PCS,Centre belt w/o pre tensioner+force limiter
  • Driver and front passenger knee airbag
  • Driver and front passenger 2 stage airbag
  • 2 x Isofix child rear seat restraints
  • Front outer seatbelt+pre-tensioners,force limiter+tension reduction: 3-point with active safety link to PCS

  • Map pockets in the rear of passenger's front seat
  • F SPORT front seat headrest adjustable forwards and backwards
  • 2 way electrical lumbar adjustment for driver
  • 8 way driver/passenger electrically adjustable front seats
  • 5 headrests
  • Heated front seats
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat

  • Speed sensitive auto door locking
  • VIN Window etching
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote central door locking
  • 2 x remote key fobs
  • Two motion door lock with double lock
  • Anti theft system : Alarm instruction sensor,glass breakage sensor and engine immobiliser

  • Towing preparation

  • 2 x sun visors with vanity mirror and lamp

  • 18" F Sport alloy wheels with run flat tyres

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 117
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 105
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 112
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 154
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 126
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 117
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 120
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 105
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 108
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 112
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 113
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 154
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 155
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 128
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 120
  • CO2 (g/km): 126
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • NOx: 0.0049
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0002

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 14.0:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 80.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 97.6
  • CC: 1987

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Combined (mpg): 68.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 60.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 53.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 60.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 58.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 56.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 53.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 50.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 4.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 4.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.6

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 22E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 85
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 82
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 77
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 184
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: F-Sport [Nav]
  • Coin Description: h
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 135
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 140
  • Engine Torque - NM: 190
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 4400
  • Engine Power - BHP: 184
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.5
  • Top Speed: 110
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 19.4

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/50 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/50 R18
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: N

  • Width (including mirrors): 2080
  • Height: 1540
  • Length: 4495
  • Width: 1840
  • Wheelbase: 2640

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1540
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2110
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 43
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 438
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 750
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 570
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1231
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.2

  • Metallic paint: £570
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Special Metallic paint: £820

  • Adventure protection pack - UX: £399
  • Style pack - UX: £1,099

  • Metallic - Terrane khaki: £570
  • Metallic - Mercury grey: £570
  • Metallic - Graphite black: £570
  • Metallic - F Sport White: £570

  • Solid - Fuji red: £0
  • Solid - Velvet black: £0

  • Special metallic - Sonic titanium: £820
  • Special metallic - Azure blue: £820
  • Special metallic - Blazing carnelian: £820

  • Vertical detachable Towing hitch 13 pin: £649

  • Fabric/Tahara leather - Black with Instrument Panel in black with red stitching: £0
  • Fabric/Tahara leather - Flare red with Instrument Panel in black with red stitching: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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