Lexus UX 300e review
The Lexus UX 300e electric car suits its drivetrain well and is one of the most refined small SUVs around
- Good to drive
- Very refined and relaxing
- Well made and engineered
- Quite pricey
- Slightly pokey boot
- Divisive touchpad remains
|Car type||Range||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|Electric||196 miles||8hrs (0-100%, 6.6kW)||52mins (0-80%, 50kW)|
The Lexus UX is the Japanese manufacturer's answer to small premium SUVs like the Audi Q2, BMW X2 and Mercedes GLA – and now, as customer appetite for electric cars continues to grow, it has been fitted with a pure-electric powertrain and pitched against the likes of the Mazda MX-30 and Peugeot e-2008.
The fundamentals remain similar – the UX is on the smaller side of the SUV spectrum, with more space for passengers than luggage. It's very well built, sharply styled and doesn't look too dissimilar to its hybrid-powered counterpart. It's based on the same TNGA platform that you'll find under the Lexus parent company Toyota's Corolla, Camry and C-HR hybrids.
Power comes from a 201bhp electric motor drawing energy from a 54.3kWh battery, with drive sent to the front wheels. Rapid charging is supported at up to 50kW, with a claimed 0-80% charging time of just over 50 minutes. Total electric range is a decent 196 miles – a match for the e-2008 and more than enough for most average-use drivers.
Inside, the UX gets more or less the same interior as its hybrid siblings, which is no bad thing – lots of quality materials, strong fit and finish and a choice of cloth or leather upholstery all feature. Much-needed improvements to the car's infotainment mean Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are now included, displayed on either a seven or 10.3-inch screen atop the dash.
There are three trim levels – the entry-level UX, mid-range Premium Plus and top-spec Takumi Edition. Standard kit on even the basic car is good, with each trim level (technically these are option packs) adding more safety kit and luxury to what's already a very secure and refined-feeling car.
On the road, the UX is impressive. The car's power feels just right for its size, with punchy acceleration in any situation. The steering is direct and well weighted, but not especially communicative, while body control is great. This is a comfortable and very quiet car to spend time in – apart from the road noise from our example's larger 18-inch alloys, refinement inside is very relaxing.
The UX is a great first all-electric effort from Lexus – its powertrain is punchy and well engineered, and complements the UX's inherent refinement, comfort and build quality nicely, helping make the car even more relaxing to drive. A near-200-mile range should be enough for most intended users, and there's just enough space for the car to be useful for smaller families – just don't expect to carry too much luggage.
For a more in-depth look at the Lexus UX 300e, read on for the rest of our detailed review...
In This Review
- 1Verdict - currently readingThe Lexus UX 300e electric car suits its drivetrain well and is one of the most refined small SUVs around
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe electric Lexus UX is par for the small electric SUV course, with good range and fast charging
- 3Running costsThe usual balance of savings applies here: you won't spend money on petrol, but insurance and asking price are factors
- 4Engines, drive & performanceAdequate performance, a controlled chassis and a well engineered drivetrain make the UX a pleasant drive
- 5Interior & comfortThe Lexus UX is made even more relaxing to travel in by an electric drivetrain
- 6Practicality & boot space It's not very big inside, but the Lexus UX 300e is well packaged and extremely comfortable
- 7Reliability & safetySafety and reliability are assured in the UX 300e thanks to Lexus' time-earned reputation