2020 Lexus UX SUV review

hello and welcome to Stockholm in Sweden where we’re driving the brand-new Lexus u X and these are the five key things that you need to know about it but before we go any further don’t forget if

you want the very best deals on the UX or any of its rivals head to the watt car new car buying section on our website so the first thing to mention is the car’s name now it’s a brand new car

it’s not a replacement for anything it’s not a model that’s following on from something else it’s not something that harks back to Lexus is tradition or heritage or anything like that it’s a

brand new model on a new platform so they’ve called it the UX and Lexus said that the you in that stands for urban and the X or a cross stands for cross over so it’s an urban crossover hmm

slick right having an X on the end also makes it a recognizable part of Lexus is current SUV family which includes the bigger NX and even bigger our X and our XL as for its rivals the UX is against

premium family SUVs like the Volvo XC 40 and BMW x1 as well as hybrid rivals like the Kia Niro and MINI Countryman se as for the interior if you’re looking for a

typical high riding driving position in your SUV the UX might not be for you because you sit noticeably lower to the ground than its rivals while it might not be quite so high as others it’s still a fine driving

position with great visibility and lots of adjustability to get comfortable as for the rest of the interior it’s typical Lexus with a truly excellent level of build quality but as with other

cars and its lineup an infotainment system which is hugely frustrating to use because of its complicated layout and ancient trackpad system in the UK

the UX is only available as a hybrid car so that means it gets a brand new 2 litre petrol engine and that is paired with an electric motor it gets a battery

as well so what’s that like well like most hybrid cars it’s very impressive at low speeds around town where when it’s just running on the battery power it’s very quiet and the acceleration is smooth and quick and

responsive as well but the car also gets a decent amount of power as well so not only will it cope very easily and very comfortably with town speeds but if you

get it up to higher speeds it does actually have a decent amount of power to go with the smoothness as well so longer fast the motorway journeys are

actually pretty easy but what we would say is that being a hybrid it doesn’t quite have the pulling power of the diesel engines that you get in its

premium rivals like the XC 40 or the BMW x2 now that engine is paired with a CVT gearbox that’s a continuously variable transmission what that is is an

automatic gearbox so it’s not a manual you don’t have to change gears yourself and there’s only two pedals and it basically means that it doesn’t shift

gears like you get on some other automatic gearboxes the trouble with CVT gearbox is though is that when you ask for a prolonged burst of acceleration it

sends the revs soaring and takes a very long time for it to settle down again no one has made a CVT that’s quite as slick as a more traditional automatic lexus

has worked on the CVT transmission for the UX and actually it’s not quite so bad as it has been in other models so although it’s not perfect you only

really have a problem if you’re suddenly accelerating very hard and the instances that that happens are really not that common in everyday driving this is an

early Drive in the UX which means that there are still quite a few things that to be announced by Lexus there’s no confirmation of pricing for example with

Lexus saying it’ll be priced right among its premium rivals meaning it’s going to start from around 30,000 pounds so the UX is a striking hybrid family SUV with

a plush interior and offers decent performance around town but it remains to be seen if it can make more sense than conventionally powered rivals when

we get it in the UK will be group testing it against those competitors to keep up to speed with the latest car news reviews and videos subscribe to our

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