Lexus UX Review 2024
Lexus UX At A Glance
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On average it achieves 51% of the official MPG figure
The Lexus UX promises it all: a premium cabin, an incredibly efficient petrol-electric hybrid powertrain and a reputation for excellent reliability. But is it a convincing enough package to rival desirable premium SUVs like the Mercedes GLA, Volvo XC40 and BMW X1? Read our full Lexus UX review to find out.
While other manufacturers are only just offering hybrid versions of their best-selling SUVs, Lexus has been mastering this market for decades. The first hybrid Lexus RX went on sale as far back as 2005 – at a time when everyone else was getting giddy over diesel power and electric cars were something you might have heard about on Tomorrow's World.
The Lexus UX is a small SUV that's only been around since 2019, yet it shares its mechanicals with the Toyota Corolla and C-HR – two of the most dependable cars money can buy. Indeed, it's the brand's untouchable reliability record and attentive dealer network which means owners consistently rate Lexus highly in the annual HonestJohn.co.uk Satisfaction Index.
The Lexus UX line-up is a pretty limited one. Unless you look at the all-electric UX 300e, the only engine offering is a 2.0-litre 'self-charging' hybrid badged the UX 250h. That means you don't have to bother plugging in to extract the best out of it, but you're not going to bimble around town under electric power for any extensive period of time like you might in a Mercedes GLA 250e.
It's still impressively refined, though, and Lexus does suggest it'll still kick into electric-only mode at up to 71mph. We're not light-footed enough for that, but its hybrid running does make stop-start traffic a more relaxed affair than it would be in a clattery diesel.
With 180PS available, the Lexus UX isn't short on power, with a surprising turn of pace when required. A BMW X1 is more fun to drive, if that's what you're after, but the light steering and plethora of standard safety equipment means negotiating city traffic won't leave you in a fluster. It's likely to be very efficient, too – Lexus quotes an official figure of up to 53.3mpg. Our experience suggests that should be surprisingly attainable in reality.
Prices start from a smidgen over £30,000 for an entry-level Lexus UX. This isn't exactly basic, but most buyers will hunt out pricier models – the sporty UX F Sport is a desirable choice with its 18-inch alloy wheels, Tahara leather seats and bespoke exterior styling. We favour the posh Lexus UX Takumi (standard kit includes a bigger nav system, heated and ventilated front seats and a posh Mark Levinson sound system) – but it's not cheap, starting at more than £43,000.
Of course, the sensible choice for buyers in the market for a hybrid SUV would be a Toyota RAV4. Not only is the RAV4 cheaper, it's also bigger and more practical – quite an easy feat, considering the Lexus UX's relatively compact cabin and tiny boot. If you want a premium badge there's no shortage of excellent alternatives, too, although none match the Lexus's impeccable reliability record.