Lexus NX (2014) Review

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Lexus NX (2014) At A Glance

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
Contract hire deals from £364.02 per month
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)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

73%

Real MPG

27–47 mpg

MPGs submitted

250

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ASK HJ

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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What's the most comfortable, fuel-efficient SUV?
I'm looking for an SUV that's easy to get into, comfortable to drive for hours at a time and has good fuel economy. Long journeys would be on motorways/dual carriageways. I'm looking at Nissan Qashqai 1.5 diesel, Peugeot 2008 and 3008. Any help, please?
Skoda Karoq, Toyota C-HR, Lexus NX and Peugeot 3008 are the best for comfort. Might also want to consider the Mazda CX-30. We're running a CX-30 long term currently and it's very good - but there's no diesel-engined models in the UK.
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Which premium SUV do you recommend?
I have had a succession of very nice estate cars over the years, but I have been persuaded by my wife that I should now be looking at an SUV. I accept that in my mid 60s, the extra height would make life easier. I think I've narrowed things down to a choice between a Range Rover Velar, Jaguar F-Pace or Audi Q5, but they all have their issues. The Velar is undoubtedly beautiful and I can get a big discount, but its reliability and build quality is a concern. The F-Pace also works for me with its slightly larger size over its peers and general all round appeal, but I know a facelift is due soon - hence the offers and reduced APR. The Q5 is probably the sensible choice and as with all Audis is beautifully made and kitted out - but it's not the most exciting, is it? Which would you recommend and is there an alternative that I've missed?I'll be looking to buy a petrol as my mileage no longer warrants a diesel.
I would probably go with the 2.0 TFSI Audi Q5. It has a fantastic cabin and is really good to drive. In my opinion, It's one of the best premium SUVs on sale right. Might also be worth considering the Lexus NX 300h hybrid that uses a 2.5-litre petrol engine alongside an electric motor.
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