Lexus UX 250h reliability & safety
Lexus owners are a satisfied bunch and UX safety should be top-notch, too
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assistance|
|5 stars (2019)||96%||85%||77%|
While the Lexus UX is a relatively new model, there’s plenty of data and history on other Lexus cars, as well as equivalent Toyotas on which it's based. The firm has performed consistently well in the Driver Power satisfaction survey, proving owners are, on the whole, very content with their cars.
Safety has always been a big selling point for Toyota and its premium sub-brand Lexus, and the UX comes loaded with all the latest technology, along with a five-star seal of approval from the independent experts at Euro NCAP.
Lexus UX reliability & problems
The Lexus UX only went on sale in 2019, and there haven't yet been enough responses for it to feature in the latest edition of the Auto Express Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. However, Lexus owners are a passionate bunch and have raved about the dependability of their cars and the service they get from dealers for years, and the fact that six of the top ten most reliable cars in 2020 were from Toyota or Lexus speaks for itself.
The Lexus UX has been crash-tested by Euro NCAP and received the maximum five-star rating, along with high scores for adult and child occupant protection, as well as its safety assistance systems.
Equipment-wise, all UX models get eight airbags and Lexus Safety System+ featuring radar-guided cruise control, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assistance and road-sign recognition.
Buyers can also specify the Lexus Driver Assist Pack. Offered at no extra cost as part of the Premium Plus Pack, or for £745 when adding the lesser Premium Pack, this brings blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert with autonomous braking, and an 'Intelligent Clearance Sonar System', which can brake the car if it detects an object when manoeuvring at low speeds.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Lexus UX is the first compact SUV from the Japanese brand, featuring all the best bits about the larger NX and RX hybrids in a small and fun-to-drive package
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsDrive carefully and the Lexus UX is one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs on the market, but it's no better than most diesels on faster roads
- 3Running costsThe Lexus UX is cheap to run, but plug-in hybrid rivals offer more appealing tax benefits
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Lexus UX 250h hybrid is comfortable, quiet and easy to drive, as well as being capable of a decent turn of speed when you need it
- 5Interior & comfortThe Lexus UX 250h is beautifully built, and since early 2020 has offered Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity as standard
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe Lexus UX prioritises form over function, and as a result isn’t the most practical car in its class
- 7Reliability & safety - currently readingLexus owners are a satisfied bunch and UX safety should be top-notch, too