Lexus UX 300e Review 2024

Lexus UX 300e At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
Strong design, a premium interior and a decent driving range all make this battery-electric SUV an interesting option. But it’s hard to ignore some of its better rivals.

+Attractive design. Ride comfort. Improved infotainment system.

-Small boot space. Low electric charging rate.

The Lexus UX 300e was the first battery-electric vehicle from the Japanese premium brand, and it offers great looks and value for money. It was updated in 2023 with a bigger battery, better driving range and a vastly improved infotainment system.

Lexus and Toyota have arrived at the battery-electric vehicle (BEV) party unfashionably late, albeit extremely well-dressed. Toyota is very focused on hybrid technology, which it has used to great effect in cars such as the Prius and various Lexus models to drastically reduce exhaust emissions.

However, as this list of today’s best electric cars shows, many rival car companies have a significant head-start in the zero emissions market. Our Lexus UX 300e review shows how it stacks up against them.

The UX 300e is the brand’s first fully electric offering and, rather than create something completely new, the company simply converted a regular Lexus UX.

It even looks almost the same, with only the front grille and aerodynamic wheels to really differentiate it from hybrid versions. It’s proven to be a good move, though, with strong sales around the world, even though it lagged a bit behind on driving range, handling and infotainment.

Lexus introduced a significant update in 2023, including a bigger 72.8kWh battery that increased the car’s range by more than 40%. It also has some interior upgrades, such as new, larger infotainment screens and the removal of the oft-criticised touchpad controller.

These changes were essential, because the UX 300e faces some very tough competition today. That includes the popular Tesla Model Y, although the American car’s bland styling is no match for the origami inspiration of the Lexus, nor for its famous reliability.

The BMW iX1 has also gained plenty of praise, as has the Genesis GV60, while others worth considering are the Mercedes-Benz EQA, the undeniably stylish Polestar 2 and the Volvo XC40 Recharge.

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