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, interesting-looking interior that matches the car's exterior looks. If you like the exterior, it’s likely you’ll also like the interior, but some have argued that the NX’s dashboard looks a little fussy and button-packed. 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 including parking sensors with active braking, heated front seats with Tahara upholstery (man-made leather) and eight-inch sat-nav. The sat nav can be upgraded to a 10.3-inch screen as an option.
The recently introduced Premium Sport Edition is next, bringing a black styling pack, the bigger screen and wireless phone charging. Other luxuries include a heated electrically adjustable steering wheel, keyless entry and a powered tailgate.
Moving up to the NX F-Sport brings sportier exterior styling details and exclusive leather front seats, plus blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. 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 and a 14-speaker Mark Levinson stereo.
Option packs include the Takumi Pack, which adds much of the Takumi trim level's equipment to the F Sport. It comprises adaptive variable suspension, the Mark Levinson stereo, 360-degree camera, head-up display and a panoramic roof or normal sunroof. The panoramic roof is available separately, too.
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. Thankfully, the 2022 NX will get rid of this for a touchscreen that operates in a more conventional fashion.
Even programming the sat nav is an annoyingly complicated process. Still, at least you get Bluetooth connectivity and wireless charging. Plus, recent updates added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which means you can bypass most of the dated Lexus interface entirely. It’s a welcome addition that boosts the NX’s infotainment quite a bit.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Lexus NX 300h is a sporty-looking hybrid SUV that’s luxurious and comfortable, but loses out to plug-in rivals for efficiency and driving fun
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsThe Lexus NX 300h has limited battery-only range and can be thirstier than diesels on a long run
- 3Running costsCompany-car tax for hybrids is less than for diesels, but otherwise there are few financial incentives to pick the NX 300h over a diesel or plug-in
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Lexus NX isn’t a thrill-a-minute to drive, but it’s a refined and relaxed cruiser
- 5Interior & comfort - currently readingSuper seats, plenty of space and lots of toys make the Lexus NX 300h a pleasure to sit in
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThere's loads of interior space for passengers, but the Lexus NX 300h is more limited when it comes to luggage
- 7Reliability & safetyThe Lexus NX 300h has sky-high satisfaction ratings and a five-star safety rating