Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • 4 driving modes EV, echo normal and sport
  • 7" multimedia and DAB
  • Analogue clock with GPS function
  • Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity
  • Drive mode selector
  • E-call
  • Electric power steering (EPS) with speed sensitive
  • HUD - Head up Display
  • Lane change flasher function
  • Lexus premium nav - 10.3" screen, full european map, DVD, connected services, street view, remote touch controller, 2 USB ports
  • Lexus safety systems+Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with Road Sign Assist,pre crash safety day/night,lane keep assist,sway warning system,auto high beam
  • Parking assist sensors, 4 front and 4 rear
  • Powered tailgate
  • Push button start
  • Reversing camera
  • Trip computer
  • Vehicle Stability Control - VSC and drive mode controls on Instrument brinicle
  • Wireless Smartphone charger

Entertainment

  • 2 front USB and 2 rear USB charging points
  • AUX socket with VTR compatibility
  • Mark Levinson sound system with 13 speakers, subwoofer and Clari-Fi TMMusic restauration
  • Multimedia 17 With remote touch pad

Exterior Features

  • Acoustic windscreen
  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Chrome roof rails
  • Electric adjustable door mirrors
  • Electric glass sunroof
  • Front and rear one-touch automatic power windows equipped with a jam protection
  • Headlight cleaners
  • Heated and electrically folding outside mirrors
  • Illuminated door handles with puddle light
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED front and rear fog lights
  • LED low beam headlights with auto high beam with cornering
  • LED tail lights
  • Power back door system
  • Privacy glass
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Rear wiper
  • Shark fin roof aerial
  • Towing preparation

Interior Features

  • 12V sockets in rear centre console and luggage compartment
  • 2 cup holders in the centre console
  • 2 x fixed shopping bag hooks in boot
  • 4 x tie down hooks in the boot
  • 5 headrests
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • 8 way driver/passenger electrically adjustable front seats
  • Active sound control
  • Card holder installed in driver and passengers sun visors
  • Centre armrest with storage
  • Driver and passenger door pocket
  • Dual zone electronic climate control + humidity sensor
  • Folding rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Glovebox
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Illuminated entry system
  • Leather gear lever
  • LED interior illumination
  • Map pockets in the rear of passenger's front seat
  • Power adjustable leather steering wheel
  • Rear air vents
  • Smooth leather shift knob
  • Smooth leather upholstery
  • Storage tray under audio panel
  • Textile carpet mats
  • Tilt/reach adjustable steering column
  • Under deck storage
  • Under desk side storage

Safety

  • 10 airbags - front, side, knee, front and rear curtain airbag
  • 2 x Isofix child rear seat restraints
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • BAS (Brake Assist System)
  • EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • ECB (Electronically Controlled Brake System)
  • Electric parking brake
  • Front adjustable seatbelt anchor points
  • Front seat belt with pre-tensioners, force limiter and tension reduction: 3-point with active safety link to PCS
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Passenger airbag cut-off device
  • Rear outer seatbelt+pre-tensioners,force limiter+tension reduction: 3-point with active safety link to PCS,Centre belt w/o pre tensioner+force limiter
  • Secondary Collision Brake (SCB)
  • TRC (Traction Control)
  • Tyre pressure warning

Security

  • 2 x remote key fobs
  • Anti theft system : Alarm instruction sensor,glass breakage sensor and engine immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote central door locking
  • Smart entry
  • Speed sensitive power door locks
  • Two motion door lock with double lock
  • VIN Window etching

Technical

  • Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM)
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

Wheels

  • 18" alloy wheels
  • Tyre repair kit

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

102

HC+NOx

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1987

Compression Ratio

14:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

80.5

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

97.6

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION

Gears

1 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

68.9

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

General

Badge Engine CC

2

Badge Power

178

Based On ID

Coin Description

h

Coin Series

Prem/Tech/Sound/Srf

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

12

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

NCAP Safety Assist %

Safety Concerns?

1

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

8.5

Engine Power - BHP

178

Engine Power - KW

133

Engine Power - RPM

6000

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

140

Engine Torque - MKG

19

Engine Torque - NM

190

Engine Torque - RPM

4400

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

225/50 R18

Tyre Size Rear

225/50 R18

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Type

18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1540

Length

4495

Wheelbase

2640

Width

1840

Width (including mirrors)

2080

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

43

Gross Vehicle Weight

2110

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

220

Max. Loading Weight

570

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

750

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

750

Minimum Kerbweight

1540

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

10.4

On The Road

Driver Convenience

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Paintwork

Trim

Summary

You might wonder whether the market really needs another posh little SUV like this, but we would contend that this segment wasn't really complete until Lexus entered it. True to form, the Japanese brand is the only one of the established players in this class to offer the option of hybrid power and that in itself will be enough to garner this UX plenty of sales in a market where plenty of buyers want an alternative to diesel. Obvious rivals are certain to quickly correct this oversight though and it'll be at that point that Lexus' decision not to -initially at least - given this car plug-in technology might be shown to be a little short-sighted. Then there's the styling. Overall, we like it but this car is really more of an ordinary Focus-style family hatch than any kind of SUV - a Lexus CT200h replacement in all but name. Think of it in those terms and it makes plenty of sense. As Lexus models tend to do.

Background

The UX competes directly against cars like the Volvo XC40, the Jaguar E-PACE, the Audi Q3, the BMW X1 and the Mercedes GLA. The angular Lexus NX, which previously represented the company against rivals such as these, has been repositioned a little further up-market as an alternative to slightly larger medium-sized models (think Audi Q5s and BMW X3s). So, does the UX stand a chance against such an army of fiercely talented competitors? Well the looks are certainly a little different to what's on offer elsewhere in this sector - and so is the powertrain, a non-Plug-in petrol/electric hybrid. Lexus believes that over 80% of buyers will never have owned one of the company's products before. Will they like this one? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

The UX is the first Lexus to be constructed using its brand's latest GA-C global architecture platform, which offers gains in torsional rigidity that enable this car to be far more nimble and driver-orientated than the company's previous compact model offering, the CT200h. The platform also enables the UX to have the lowest centre of gravity of any vehicle in its class. It's surprisingly light for a hybrid too, thanks to weight-saving measures in the body construction, including the use of lightweight aluminium for the side doors, wings and bonnet, as well as a resin material for the back door. To start with, just a single UX 250h petrol/electric non-Plug-in hybrid variant is being offered, a car which uses its brand's fourth generation hybrid electric system that features a redesigned 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and an electronic continuously variable transmission CVT auto transmission. It's available both with front-wheel drive and with Lexus's E-Four AWD system. The engine output is 176bhp, enough to take the car to 62mph in about 8.5s en route to around 110mph. In development, particular efforts were made to reduce any "rubber band" effect in the operation of the hybrid system and transmission, by optimising the level of electric motor assistance and engine rpm to generate a sense of linear acceleration without the engine running at high revs.

Design and Build

Does this look like an SUV to you? For us, it's more of a family hatch than it is any kind of crossover - but maybe that's just the point. Lexus is trying to blur the boundaries here to make movement into this car from, say, a BMW 1 Series or an Audi A3 that much easier. From a stylistic point of view, the Japanese brand says that its aim with the UX wasn't to conform to the established, solid crossover look, but to achieve a strong and stylish silhouette that was more distinctive and dynamic. This design approach can be seen in the way the front and rear wings flare strongly outwards in relation to the car's basic form, which flows out from the lines of the spindle grille to envelop the cabin. At the front, the arrangement of the headlights and the spindle grille are incorporated into a deep, strong shape created by the hood and bumper to try and generate a sense of security. At the rear, a condensed styling treatment contrasts sharply with the flared wings to try and emphasise the UX's crossover qualifications. The UX measures 4,495mm long, 1,520mm high and 1,840mm wide and has a 2,640mm wheelbase. An 870mm couple distance ensures ample space for rear seat passengers in the surprisingly roomy cabin. The instrument panel has a low, unobtrusive design and the slim A-pillar mouldings have been shaped to improve visibility and give the kind of commanding outward view that is expected of a crossover. Out back, the load area is a generous 791mm long.

Market and Model

Both front and all-wheel drive versions of the initially-offered model, the UX 250h, are available and prices start at around £30,000 for the base UX model. It costs around £4,000 more to trade up to the more dynamic-looking 'F Sport' variant - or around £9,000 more to get top-spec luxury-orientated 'Takumi' trim. The base UX grade features the Lexus Safety System+ package of camera-driven kit, plus a navigation system, dual-zone air conditioning and 17-inch alloys. Key features for the F Sport include an F Sport-themed sporty interior and exterior styling features, including F Sport 18-inch alloy wheels and a front spindle grille, plus F Sport front seats with fabric and Tahara upholstery, pedals and steering wheel in the cabin. The specification also includes rear privacy glass, heated, power-adjustable front seats and a heated steering wheel. The Takumi, named in celebration of Lexus's skilled takumi craftsmen, offers smooth leather upholstery, integrated front seat ventilation, a bespoke Mark Levinson 13-speaker Premium Surround Sound system, a 10-inch multimedia display, a 360-degree camera, a driver's head-up display, a sunroof, a Blind Spot Monitor and a Rear Cross Traffic Alert with braking function system. Premium Pack and Premium Plus Pack options are available to add in more luxury.

Cost of Ownership

You might be approaching this UX wanting diesel-style returns from petrol power - and that's pretty much what you get. The hybrid engine delivers 65.7mpg on the combined cycle and a very creditable 103g/km of CO2. As you'd expect, to get the full benefit of the potential efficiency of this Lexus, you've got to do your part as a driver - and that means proactive use of the various modes and systems provided. You'll need to keep a very careful eye on the Hybrid system gauge that replaces the usual rev counter on the dash, making sure that the needle stays as often as possible in either of the blue 'Eco' or 'Charge' zones. Those in a frugal frame of mind will also want to keep an eye on the various graphical screens provided by the fascia's centre-dash colour monitor. Go to the 'Trip Information' part of its 'Vehicle' section and you'll find under 'Past Record' a screen that graphically shows your success - or otherwise - in terms of recently achieved frugality. Another option on this screen is the useful 'Energy Monitor', there to show at a glance at any time what's charging or being driven by what. The graphics for this are provided in simpler form as one of the selectable settings provided by the central instrument binnacle display screen.