Lexus NX 300h interior & comfort

Super seats, plenty of space and lots of toys make the Lexus NX 300h a pleasure to sit in

The NX 300h has an angular, futuristic-looking interior that matches the car's exterior looks. It’s also very well equipped with an up-to-date infotainment system and high-quality stereo, while the fit and finish of materials is impeccable.

Lexus NX 300h dashboard

You sit high up in the NX, as is typical for an SUV, and there’s plenty of adjustment in the electrically-adjusted seat and steering wheel for drivers of all shapes and sizes. The wheel itself is a grippy leather three-spoke design, with the usual controls for infotainment settings, and you look through the top half at a traditional twin-dial instrument pack.

The centre console picks up some of the exterior angles and looks slick and upmarket with its mixture of hi-tech controls, an analogue clock and chrome and leather trim. It’s not as ergonomically efficient as some German rivals, and some of the switches and materials look a bit dated by comparison to more modern alternatives like the Audi Q5, but it does feel very luxurious and the seats are very comfortable.

Equipment, options and accessories

All versions of the Lexus NX are well equipped, so whichever you choose, you won't be short of options. The entry-level car gets 18-inch alloys, the Lexus Safety System+ pack of safety kit, heated front seats with Tahara upholstery and eight-inch sat-nav. The sat nav can be upgraded to a 10-inch screen as an option, while a Sport Pack can also be added, bringing a bronze/machined finish to the wheels, as well as a black spindle grille and black door mirror casings.

Also available for the entry-level NX is the Premium Sport Pack, with a 10-speaker stereo, DVD player, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, 10.3-inch display screen, powered steering-wheel adjustment, 18-inch F Sport alloy wheels and auto-dimming and reverse-tilt door mirror functions,

Moving up to the NX F-Sport brings a heated leather steering wheel, exterior styling details and leather front seats. The model also comes with a powered tailgate, wireless charging and triple-beam LED headlights. The range-topping Takumi version, meanwhile, adds a panoramic roof, heated and ventilated front seats, a 360-degree camera, head-up display, leather upholstery, 14-speaker Mark Levinson stereo, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Option packs include a Premium Pack, which adds smart entry, parking sensors, rear privacy glass, the 10-inch sat nav, LED front fog and cornering lights, a heated steering wheel, powered tailgate and wireless charging, smooth leather upholstery and a panoramic roof. The Takumi Pack, meanwhile, adds much of the Takumi trim level's equipment to the F Sport. It comprises adaptive variable suspension, the Mark Levinson stereo, panoramic view monitor, head-up display, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and a panoramic roof or sunroof.

Infotainment, apps & sat nav

The optional 10.3-inch infotainment screen in the NX 300h looks the part, but it’s not nearly as nice in operation as rivals from BMW or Audi. It’s controlled by a touchpad on the centre console, which is frustratingly awkward to use, and the menus and graphics on the system itself can be confusing, too.

Even programming the sat nav is an annoyingly complicated process.  Although you get Bluetooth connectivity and can even have optional wireless charging, there’s no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, which some people will find limiting.