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2021 Lexus UX 300e electric SUV: prices, details, specs and pictures

Lexus has reduced the price of its UX 300e electric SUV, with the brand’s first-ever electric model now starting from £41,475

Lexus has reduced the price of the UX 300e – its first electric car – by £2,115 following the UK government’s reduction of the price threshold for its plug-in car grant (PiCG) earlier this year.

The UX 300e now starts from £41,475, but is still available with the optional Premium and Takumi packs. The UX 300e with the Premium Plus Pack now starts from £45,245, while the UX 300e with the Takumi Pack starts from £51,345.

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Every UX 300e includes heated, power-adjustable front seats, front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, powered steering-wheel adjustment, automatic wipers, 17-inch alloy wheels and aluminium roof rails.

UX 300e models with the Premium Plus Pack come with smooth leather seat upholstery, a heated steering wheel, additional ventilation in the front seats, heated outer rear seats, smart keyless entry, a wireless smartphone charger and card key. Models with the Premium Plus Pack are also available with 18-inch alloy wheels, but they're optional.

The Takumi Pack includes 18-inch alloys as standard, as well as a 13-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system, a 10.3-inch sat-nav screen, a powered tailgate, a 360-degree camera, a head-up display and a sunroof. The Takumi Pack also adds triple-eye LED headlights with adaptive high beams, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert with automatic braking. 

Lexus UX 300e range, battery, power and performance

The UX 300e is driven by an electric motor developing 201bhp and 300Nm of torque, which makes the electric SUV capable of 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 100mph.

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The UX 300e offers a 196-mile driving range on a full charge, thanks to its 54.3kWh lithium-ion battery and single electric motor. Its maximum charging speed of 50kW is on par with its current rivals like the Kia e-Niro, but far behind others like the Mercedes EQA and Peugeot e-2008, which are capable of charging at 100kW. Meanwhile the similarly priced Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 can charge at speeds of up to 350kW, and offer over 300 miles of range.

However, if you use a DC rapid charger capable of 50kW or more, it should be able to top up the UX’s battery from 0-80% in around 50 minutes. Meanwhile, AC charging – the type provided by home wallbox charger – is capped at 6.6kW, and takes around eight hours to fully recharge the battery.

Design and features

While the exterior design of the UX remains largely unchanged from the 250h hybrid version, the 300e adopts a new, aerodynamic wheel design for improved efficiency and better range. An underbody cover streamlining the underside of the car also has the same effect. Inside, a fully digital display lies behind the steering wheel, while an infotainment touchscreen sits on top of the dashboard alongside an analogue clock.

Drivers can also use the LexusLink app to monitor and schedule charging sessions remotely, as well as pre-heat or pre-cool the cabin ahead of a journey. The UX 300e also features a host of safety features, too, with Lexus’ Safety System+ helping to prevent accidents and ‘reduce driver stress’.

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Welcome one and all, I’m Ellis the news reporter on Auto Express, the brand’s former online reviews editor and contributor to DrivingElectric. I’m proud to say I cut my teeth reporting and reviewing all things EV as the content editor on DrivingElectric. I joined the team while completing my master’s degree in automotive journalism at Coventry University and since then I’ve driven just about every electric car and hybrid I could get my hands on.

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