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Lexus UX (2019–)

Last updated 4 July 2019

Hybrid only and smaller than Lexus NX. Excellent ride and handling. 180PS 2.0 litre hybrid system. Sensible prices of £29,900 for UX and £33,900 for UX F Sport.
Less space inside than most SUVs. UX and F Sport have disappointingly small satnav screens.
Updated 29 May 2019

R/2019/123: There is a possibility that the emergency calling system has not been activated. Affects cars sold between October 2018 and March 2019.

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Introduction

Compact premium SUVs like the Volvo XC40, Audi Q3 and BMW X1 are all hugely popular thanks to their combination of style, practicality and affordability. Surprisingly, though - while they are all available with a combination of petrol and diesel engines, there are no hybrid options.

That’s likely to change in the near future but, for the time being, Lexus is making its move in a bid to exploit the current anti-diesel climate. The new Lexus UX is a small crossover of the same ilk of those cars mentioned above, but will only be sold with a ‘self-charging’ petrol-electric powertrain in the UK. It combines a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor positioned on the front axle.

There’s a four-wheel-drive model, badged the E-Four, with an extra electric motor powering the rear, but Lexus is expecting the majority of UK sales to be front-wheel-drive. The advantages of using a hybrid setup are clear. You don’t need to worry about being snubbed by your neighbours for buying a diesel, while there’s no need to plug it in like the upcoming Volvo XC40 plug-in hybrid.

There are perks for company car drivers too - they’ll pay BIK tax of 22 per cent, saving around £5000 over three years compared to diesel alternatives. It’s also very efficient. Officially the standard model will return upwards of 49.6mpg depending on spec, and we were seeing around 47.0mpg with little effort during our mountainous test drive in Spain.

List Price from £29,905
Contract hire from £286.79 per month
 

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