Lexus UX Review 2022

Lexus UX At A Glance

3/5

+Smooth and rapid performance from impressive hybrid system. Genuinely economical.

-Tiny boot and cramped rear seats. Ride can be on the unsettled side. Poor infotainment system.

New prices start from £33,000
Insurance Group 39
On average it achieves 50% of the official MPG figure

With their raised driving position and extra practicality it's not hard to see why ever smaller crossovers are becoming popular, particularly with buyers who would ordinarily choose a Focus sized hatchback. Indeed, the Lexus UX joins a market where it has to rival cars like the Volvo XC40, Audi Q3 and Volkswagen T-Roc.

What the UX has over much of the direct competition is that - at launch at least - it's one of very few hybrid small crossovers, alongside the Kia Niro and of course the Toyota C-HR. 

Lexus however, is marketing this as a more premium model. So unlike the C-HR, it gets the more powerful 2.0-litre petrol self-charging hybrid system, also used with impressive results in the Toyota Corolla. This has 180PS and means the UX is not short of pace or acceleration. It can also travel at up to 71mph solely on EV power.

The standard UX is front wheel drive (the electric motor is located at the front axle) but there is also a four-wheel-drive model, badged the E-Four, with an extra electric motor powering the rear.

Driving the UX is an undemanding and refined experience, while the hybrid system gives it a surprisingly quick turn of pace when needed. Yet it's also genuinely economical with 50mpg easily achievable in every day driving - not far short of what Lexus claims. Its compact dimensions - it's less than 4.5 metres long - make it easy to park too.

What does let the Lexus down is a tiny boot. Even for a compact crossover it lacks carrying space with just 320 litres of boot space - that's less than a Volkswagen Golf. The rear seats are also cramped, especially with a taller driver or front passenger. 

Prices start at around £30,000 which compares strongly with the rivals like the Q3, especially when you take into account the high level of standard equipment. There are advantages for company car drivers too - they’ll pay BIK tax of 22 per cent, saving around £5000 over three years compared to a diesel alternative.

While we like the UX in some ways, not least its fuel economy, smoothness and renowned Lexus reliability, it's hard to recommend it over rival crossovers due to its terrible practicality and the infotainment system is a let down. There are too many compromises and for us, a Toyota RAV4 is a better value proposition.

Lexus UX 250h 2019 Road Test

Real MPG average for a Lexus UX

RealMPG

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

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Average performance

50%

Real MPG

39–62 mpg

MPGs submitted

79

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Can I get a spare wheel for my Lexus UX?
"I've just bought a Lexus UX and it has a puncture repair kit but I've noticed that in other markets they offer a spare wheel and I think there may be room for one. Trouble is, the Lexus dealer can't (won't!) tell me what size wheel to get. There are stacks of Toyota and other brand spares on offer at Ebay, but Lexus is never mentioned, no doubt because sales are minuscule. "
Lexus has advised that a spare can’t be safely stored securely. If you want a second opinion on this, I would suggest your best bet would be to visit a tyre specialist.
Answered by Sarah Tooze
Spare wheels - do we really need them anymore?
"When we bought my wife's Honda Jazz it came with a tyre repair kit but we could buy a spare, and this came in handy when she hit a kerbstone and ruptured a tyre. I'm about to get a Lexus UX. I could not get one with the 18-inch wheels and run-flats (none were available) and have had to settle for the 17-inch wheel version which comes with a can of repair gunk I don't think there is a designated space for a spare wheel. So it looks like I have no alternative. Am I being foolish in worrying about driving long distance with just a repair kit, or have things moved on since I last bought a car?"
While it's comforting to have a spare wheel, it's certainly becoming less and less common. This is partly due to strict CO2 emission targets – every kilogram needs to be accounted for, and a spare wheel adds unnecessary weight (and therefore CO2 emissions). In hybrid vehicles, like the Lexus UX, it's often the case that there simply isn't the space for a spare wheel – the hybrid batteries are positioned underneath the boot floor. In our experience, the tyre repair kits aren't particularly reliable but breakdown service providers are now very well prepared for dealing with punctures (they carry multi-fit spare wheels to allow you to continue to a garage).
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you recommend an upmarket, used hybrid SUV?
"My company car (Range Rover Evoque) goes back in May and I have to purchase my first vehicle in 14 years. My budget is £23k. I would love to purchase another Evoque but worry about reliability and repair costs once out of warranty. I would like a 2-year-old, similar-sized vehicle that's automatic with sat nav, cameras, leather interior and some warranty. We expect to keep this vehicle for at least 5 years. I would estimate 8000 miles a year and am thinking that a hybrid would be a good choice. The other half has vetoed the Suzuki Vitara. What would you advise? Thanks."
For your mileage, we'd recommend a petrol or hybrid (full hybrid – not a mild hybrid like the Sportage). As you're used to a premium SUV, have you considered a Lexus UX? It's an impressive hybrid SUV. You'll be looking at a slightly older example within budget but it ticks all the boxes and, being a Lexus, will be extremely reliable. Alternatively, look at mainstream alternatives like a petrol Skoda Karoq or Volkswagen Tiguan. Both represent excellent value for money and make a sensible used purchase. If you're concerned about out-of-warranty costs, consider buying an aftermarket warranty.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you suggest a small, premium hybrid?
"I drive a 4-year-old Mercedes C-Class - which I love. But even before lockdown, I thought it was time to get a smaller car and venture into the world of hybrids. I'm looking for a high-spec, small, self-charging hybrid - either a hatchback or small SUV. I do mostly local journeys but some longer ones so I don’t want to go fully electric yet. On the Mercedes, I'm used to a high spec and lots of gizmos so I am looking for the most luxurious small car - this time with 5 doors, that is easy to park. I realise performance will not be as good as I'm used to but would like to get the best I can. My car is my luxury item in life so cost is not a big issue. I would be very grateful for your recommendations."
We'd recommend a Lexus UX 250h. It's a small hybrid crossover SUV with a premium cabin. Lexus is Toyota's premium brand and owners are generally a very satisfied bunch: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/honest-john-satisfaction-index-2020/honest-john-satisfaction-index-2020-the-results/ You could also consider the CT 200h hatchback although it's been around for a number of years and is showing its age a bit now. Alternatively, look at a Toyota C-HR or the excellent new Yaris – they won't feel as classy as your Mercedes, but they're very dependable and efficient cars.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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