Lexus NX (2014) Review

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Lexus NX (2014) At A Glance

3/5

+High quality and impressively refined. Luxurious feel to interior. Usefully large boot. Cheaper entry-level model with 2WD. Relaxing to drive in traffic.

-F Sport models get strange exhaust note symposer. More at home in the suburbs than on twisting A and B roads.

New prices start from £34,940
Insurance Groups are between 27–38
On average it achieves 73% of the official MPG figure

According to Lexus, the story behind the name of its new NX is that it stands for 'nimble crossover'. This is after all a smaller counterpart to the big RX 450h that's designed as an alternative to the likes of the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

It's a neat looking design. Lexus says it wanted to give the NX more 'emotional appeal' and while it's far from handsome, those sharp lines work well to create a sophisticated look. The front end echoes the IS but according to Lexus, 90 per cent of parts used are unique to the NX.

Like all Lexus models, there's no Noxious diesel engine in the range. Instead Lexus offers a NX 300h hybrid that uses a 2.5-litre petrol engine alongside an electric motor. It's designed to be efficient with claimed economy of 54.3mpg in the majority of models with CO2 emissions of just 121g/km.

While it looks good on paper with a total of 195PS and a 0-62mph time of less than 9.5 seconds, the NX 300h is hamstrung by its epicyclic CVT gearbox which can make for a noisy driving experience unless you're feather-footed. Even gentle acceleration is accompanied by continuous engine whine. 

This is a shame because engine noise aside, the NX is a good SUV. It's incredibly refined, beautifully built and has a superb quality interior. It's also spacious with good room in the back and a decent boot. And as with all Lexus models, standard equipment levels are very high with top models coming with pretty much every conceivable bell and whistle.

The NX is the first Lexus model to feature a Pre-Crash Safety system and Adaptive Cruise Control as standard on all versions. Other firsts for a Lexus include a wireless charging tray for easy charging of smartphones and a new Remote Touch Interface with a touchpad control that replaces the awkward mouse controller. However it only comes on top versions.

An NX 200t model, with a new turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol with 235PS, joined the line-up in 2015 and comes with a six-speed automatic. This is available as a higher performance version in F Sport trim.

Lexus NX 200t 2015 Road Test

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Real MPG average for a Lexus NX (2014)

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Average performance

73%

Real MPG

27–47 mpg

MPGs submitted

259

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What midsize, petrol SUV should I buy?
"I'm in quandary and require your help! I have a 2009 Lexus GS450h - which I love - but I want an update because the boot is ridiculously small. I feel the need for an SUV as I have had 4x4 in the past and liked the feeling of elevation with loads of space. I don’t really want the largest of the SUVs, but I'm hesitant to buy the smaller options as I was put off either by complaints on reliability (or gearbox in the Lexus) or lack of customer care (Jaguar). My thoughts turn to Audi Q5 or Mercedes GLA - say one to two years old. I don’t want diesel as my journeys are normally up to 50 miles. I want room for my golf clubs and clutter, and there are normally only two adults in the car. I would very much welcome your thoughts and recommendations as always."
First of all, we'd cross the Mercedes-Benz GLA off your shortlist. A new model arrived this year but its predecessor is quite small and, even when it was new, wasn't that great. The Audi Q5 is a better option, or a smaller Q3. We'd recommend looking at the Volvo XC60 – it's a really good mid-size SUV with a superb interior. There's a T8 plug-in hybrid model, too, which sounds like it could suit your needs well (provided you're able to charge a car at home). It's worth considering the Lexus NX, too – its CVT gearbox doesn't appeal to everyone, but it's a very dependable choice.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What is the best mid-size SUV for £25k?
"Now that my family has grown up and are moving out we’d like to replace our reliable Chrysler Voyager load lugger. The requirements are tricky:- supremely comfortable, classy interior, economical to run, high driving position, good dog carrying access, good driveway presence. We currently drive about 16k miles per year. We’d like to buy second-hand for £25kish and this will complement our BMW MSport weekend Cabrio. I think the ride if the BMW X3 is rather harsh and my wife thinks the Audi Q5 interior is rather austere. And is currently anti Volvo. Do you have any suggestions?"
It'd be a shame to dismiss Volvo - the latest XC60 really is excellent and it sounds like it'd meet your needs well. We'd also recommend the Mercedes-Benz GLC or, if you fancy something a little left-field, a Lexus NX. The Lexus is a hybrid which might actually suit your needs quite well.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you recommend a plug-in hybrid for us?
"My wife and I are both in our 70s and we have two cars (a Renault Scenic and a Citroen C3) but we would like to go down to one. This will probably be our last car and we would like a plug-in hybrid as we both feel that an electric car would be too inflexible. We would like something no bigger (and preferably smaller) than the Scenic but reasonably high in order to make getting in and out of it easy. What would you recommend?"
I'd be tempted to avoid the plug-in hybrid and choose a self-charging hybrid. The latter doesn't have any plugs or leads to worry about and you'll get a lot more for your money, as plug-hybrids tend to be quite expensive. My recommendations would be: Toyota Corolla Touring Sports estate 1.8 hybrid: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/corolla-touring-sport-2019/ Or the C-HR crossover: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/c-hr-2016/ Lexus NX: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/lexus/nx-2014/ I'd also recommend looking at nearly new examples of the above cars, we there are lots of low-mileage 2020 and 2019 cars on the used market right now: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/cars-for-sale/search/?age=1&l=0&miles=1000
Answered by Dan Powell
Should I buy an eco car?
"Is it worth getting a hybrid car? I'm 67, retired and live on the coast. Most of our journeys are local but occasionally we drive further afield."
There are lots of very good hybrids on the market. The Toyota Corolla is one of the best on sale right now. It's smooth, comfortable and well-equipped: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/corolla-2019/ I'd also recommend the Lexus NX: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/lexus/nx-2014
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