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Lexus UX HATCHBACK 250h 2.0 5dr CVT [Premium Pack/Tech/Safety]

Lexus UX 250h 2.0 5dr CVT [Premium Pack/Tech/Safety]
Lexus UX 250h 2.0 5dr CVT [Premium Pack/Tech/Safety]
Lexus UX 250h 2.0 5dr CVT [Premium Pack/Tech/Safety]
Lexus UX 250h 2.0 5dr CVT [Premium Pack/Tech/Safety]
Lexus UX 250h 2.0 5dr CVT [Premium Pack/Tech/Safety]
Lexus UX 250h 2.0 5dr CVT [Premium Pack/Tech/Safety]
Lexus UX 250h 2.0 5dr CVT [Premium Pack/Tech/Safety]
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Lexus UX 250h 2.0 5dr CVT [Premium Pack/Tech/Safety]
Lexus UX 250h 2.0 5dr CVT [Premium Pack/Tech/Safety]
Lexus UX 250h 2.0 5dr CVT [Premium Pack/Tech/Safety]
Lexus UX 250h 2.0 5dr CVT [Premium Pack/Tech/Safety]
Lexus UX 250h 2.0 5dr CVT [Premium Pack/Tech/Safety]
Lexus UX 250h 2.0 5dr CVT [Premium Pack/Tech/Safety]
Lexus UX 250h 2.0 5dr CVT [Premium Pack/Tech/Safety]

Key Info Compare

  • FuelHybrid
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG68.90
  • 0-62mph8.5 secs
  • Top Speed110 mph
  • C02102 g/km
  • BHP184
  • Torque140 lbs/f
  • P11D21%

Review

One of the market's most profitable segments at present is that for premium-branded mid-sized SUVs of the more compact sort. Lexus is a late-comer to this sector but in characteristic style, has brought something different to it in the form of this UX model.

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The Lexus UX positions Lexus optimally in the compact part of the mid-sized premium brand SUV sector. Jonathan Crouch drives it

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 core powertrain, a non-Plug-in petrol/electric hybrid. There's also an alternative UX 300e battery full-electric version available if you want it. 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 was the first Lexus to be constructed using its brand's 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. The line-up's core model is the UX 250h petrol/electric self-charging (non-Plug-in) hybrid variant, 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. The alternative version of this model is the all-electric UX 300e. This derivative's 54.3kWh lithium-ion battery generates plenty of power - 204hp, with 300Nm of almost instantly available torque which spears you away from rest like a hot hatch. 62mph from rest occupies 7.5s but top speed is limited to 100mph and you can use steering wheel paddleshifters to alter the level of braking regeneration.

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 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, full-LED headlights, 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring 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. Let's look at the WLTP figures. Mated to front wheel drive, the hybrid engine delivers up to 53.2mpg on the combined cycle and up to 120g/km of CO2. For the E-FOUR AWD version, the figures are up to 47.0mpg and up to 135g/km. 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. The alternative version of this car is the all-electric UX 300e, which has a WLTP driving range of 186 miles and can be recharged from a 7kW garage wallbox in 7 hours.

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 premium part of this class to offer the option of full-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 hybrid technology might be shown to be a little short-sighted. Still, you can plug in with the all-electric UX 300e variant if you want ultimate efficiency and you're prepared to pay for it. We should also mention 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.

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Exterior Features
Solid paint
3 eye LED headlights with 2 stage adaptive high beam system
Acoustic windscreen
Aero stabilising arch mouldings
Aero stabilising rear lights
Aero ventilated wheels
Aluminium roof rails
Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
Body adhesive, laser screw welding and laser brazed roof structure
Electric adjustable/heated door mirrors
Front and rear one touch power windows, with anti-jam protection
Headlight cleaners
LED daytime running lights
LED front and rear fog lights
LED tail lights
Privacy glass, rear doors and tailgate
Rain sensor windscreen wipers
Rear wiper
Shark fin roof aerial
Single hidden exhaust pipe
Towing preparation
Interior Features
Black headlining
12V accessory port centre console and luggage compartment
2 cup holders in the centre console
2 x folding shopping bag hooks in boot
2 x sun visors with vanity mirror and lamp
4 x tie down hooks in the boot
5 headrests
6 way driver and passenger manually adjustable front seats
60/40 split folding rear seat
Card holder installed in driver and passengers sun visors
Centre armrest with storage
Driver and passenger door pocket
Dual zone electronic climate control + Nano-E humidity sensor
Glovebox
Heated front seats
Heated steering wheel
Leather gear lever
Leather steering wheel
LED interior illumination
Map pockets in the rear of passenger's front seat
Premium fabric upholstery
Rear air vents with 2 USB chargers
Rear armrest with 2 cupholders
Storage tray under audio panel
Textile carpet mats
Tilt/reach adjustable steering column
Under deck storage
Under desk side storage
Trim
Black instrument panel
Driver Convenience
4 driving modes EV/Eco/Normal/Sport
7" Lexus media display
7" TFT instrument cluster
Analogue clock with GPS function
Apple car play/Android Auto
Blind spot monitoring (BSM) with Rear cross traffic alert and auto brake (RCTAB)
Compatible mobile phone bluetooth with audio streaming
E-call
Electric power steering (EPS) with speed sensitive
Front and rear parking sensors with intelligent clearacne sonar
HUD - Head up Display
Lane change flasher function
Lexus link connected services
Lexus navigation system
Lexus safety systems + includes dynamic radar cruise control, pre collision system day and night, lane tracing assist, road sign assist
Push button start
Remote touch interface
Reversing camera with back guide lines
Trip computer
Wireless Smartphone charger
Entertainment
2 front USB and 2 rear USB charging points
6 speakers
AM/FM and DAB radio
AUX socket with VTR compatibility
CD player
Safety
2 x Isofix child rear seat restraints
3x3 point rear seatbelts
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
BAS (Brake Assist System)
Driver and front passenger 2 stage airbag
Driver and front passenger knee airbag
Driver/front passenger side airbags
EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
ECB (Electronically Controlled Brake System)
Electric parking brake
Front adjustable seatbelt anchor points
Front and rear curtain shield airbags
Front outer seatbelt+pre-tensioners,force limiter+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
Speed sensitive auto door locking
Two motion door lock with double lock
VIN Window etching
Technical
Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM)
Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
Wheels
18" alloy wheels with run flat tyres
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 125
NOx 0.0049
Particles 0.0002
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 125
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 128
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 120
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High 152
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max 155
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min 152
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High 111
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max 113
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min 111
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low 116
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max 120
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min 116
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium 105
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max 108
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min 105
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1987
Compression Ratio 14.0:1
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 - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 68.9
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 5.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 5.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 5.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 6.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 6.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 6.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 4.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 4.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 5.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 5.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 5.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 4.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 4.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 4.6
WLTP - MPG - Comb 51.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 50.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 53.2
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 42.1
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 41.5
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 42.1
WLTP - MPG - High 57.6
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 56.4
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 57.6
WLTP - MPG - Low 55.3
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 53.2
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 55.3
WLTP - MPG - Medium 61.4
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 58.8
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 61.4
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying Yes
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 184
Coin Description h
Coin Series Prem/Tech/Saftey/Nav
Generation Mark 1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 22E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 96
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 85
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 82
NCAP Safety Assist % 77
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 10000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
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 184
Engine Power - KW 135
Engine Power - RPM 6000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 140
Engine Torque - MKG 19.4
Engine Torque - NM 190
Engine Torque - RPM 4400
Top Speed 110
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 225/50 R18
Tyre Size Rear 225/50 R18
Tyre Size Spare RUN FLAT TYRES
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 Down) 1231
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 438
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 11.2

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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Metallic paint £570.00
Special Metallic paint £820.00
Interior Features
Light white headlining FOC
Packs
Adventure protection pack - UX £399.00
Style pack - UX £1,099.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Celestial blue £570.00
Metallic - Graphite black £570.00
Metallic - Mercury grey £570.00
Metallic - Satin silver £570.00
Metallic - Terrane khaki £570.00
Solid - Fuji red FOC
Solid - Velvet black FOC
Special metallic - Sonic titanium £820.00
Special metallic - Sonic white £820.00
Trim
Blue instrument panel FOC
Premium fabric - Black FOC
Premium fabric - Cobalt FOC
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