Lexus UX 250h running costs

The Lexus UX is cheap to run, but plug-in hybrid rivals offer more appealing tax benefits

The Lexus UX is only available as a hybrid in the UK. It should be an extremely cheap car to run, with low road tax and favourable Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) company-car tax ratings.

Prices are on the high side, but it’s hard to compare the UX with direct rivals. It's much more expensive than the Toyota C-HR on which it's based and a bit pricier than the more efficient MINI Countryman Cooper S E All4, but the long list of standard kit is appealing, as are the potentially strong residual values.

However, while the Lexus is economical in the real-world (we saw around 40-45mpg in mixed motorway and urban use), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) rivals like the MINI are more efficient on paper. Many of these sit in lower BiK tax bands, and lots will do up to 30 miles on electric power alone. However, if you’re running one as a private buyer and don’t have regular access to a charge point, the ‘self-charging’ Lexus UX may be a better bet

It’s worth noting that CO2 emissions are at their lowest in the entry-level version – mainly due to its smaller wheels. Going for an F-Sport will bump up the emissions, and – officially, at least – dent your car’s fuel economy. In everyday driving, however, you’re unlikely to get any more miles per gallon from the smaller rims.

Lexus UX 250h insurance group

Lexus hasn’t announced insurance groups for the UX yet. However, the ageing Lexus CT 200h hatchback has always offered buyers surprisingly low ratings given its premium image and long equipment list. That car, which rivals everything from the BMW 1 Series to the Audi A3, starts in group 15, while even top-spec versions sit in a lowly group 17. The larger Lexus NX 300h SUV sits around group 27-28.

Warranty

The Lexus UX 250h comes with a comprehensive three-year/60,000-mile warranty. In addition, the hybrid components and the hybrid battery are both covered for five years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes soonest.

On top of this, Lexus owners can extend the warranty cover on their car for up to 10 years or 140,000 miles. All policies include European breakdown cover and MoT cover to protect you from any nasty bills. Lexus also claims to cover the “majority of parts and labour charges” for any work that may need doing. A two-year extended warranty is likely to cost between £495 and £795, but prices haven't yet been announced.

Servicing

Service intervals for the Lexus UX haven’t been revealed yet, but it’s likely the compact SUV will need a check-up once a year or every 10,000 miles, whichever comes first. Pricing is expected to start from around £215, and every service includes a free Hybrid Health Check.

Road tax

As the Lexus UX is only available as a hybrid (a purely petrol model is available in other markets), all versions cost £135 a year to tax. The top-of-the-range UX Takumi starts from around £39,000, so adding a few options could see you liable for the £320-a-year road-tax surcharge on cars costing over £40,000.

Depreciation

Lexus UX residual values haven’t been revealed yet, as the car is so new. However, the ageing CT hatchback tends to hold its value well, despite the fact it has been on sale since 2011. That model will retain between 44% and 54% of its original value depending on model, while the larger NX will hold on to between 49% and 54%.