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 a small premium SUV that until recently, was only available with a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain. Now, as customer appetite for electric cars continues to grow, it has been fitted with a pure-electric setup, designed to rival cars like the Mercedes EQA and Audi Q4 e-tron.
The fundamentals remain similar – the UX is on the smaller side of the SUV spectrum, prioritising a premium interior over space and practicality. It's very well built, sharply styled and even basic models offer a decent level of standard kit. Power comes from a 201bhp electric motor drawing energy from a 54kWh (50kWh usable) battery, with drive sent to the front wheels. Rapid charging is supported at up to 50kW, which in this day and age is a little off the pace; rivals can charge at 150kW or more.
Lexus says range is between 190 and 196 miles depending on spec a wheel size – a match for cheaper models like the Peugeot e-2008, but less than the Audi or Mercedes. But, in the second half of 2023, the UX 300e will receive a larger 72.8kWh battery that'll boost the car's range up to a much more competitive 280 miles.
Inside, the UX gets more or less the same interior as its hybrid sibling, 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. But again, as part of the forthcoming facelift, not only is the UX getting Lexus' latest infotainment system, but it'll ditch the trackpad found on the centre console in favour of a eight or 12.3-inch central touchscreen depending on the specification.
There are three trim levels available on the outgoing model – 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 impresses. 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 very good indeed. 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 excellent.
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 taller adults or 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, battery & chargingThe electric Lexus UX finds itself close to the bottom of the pack when it comes to range and charging
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe usual balance of savings applies here: you won't spend money on petrol, but insurance and asking price are factors
- 4Performance, motor & driveAdequate performance, a controlled chassis and a well engineered drivetrain make the UX 300e a pleasant drive
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe Lexus UX 300e is made even more relaxing to travel in by an electric drivetrain
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityIt's not very big inside, but the Lexus UX 300e is extremely comfortable
- 7Reliability & safety ratingSafety and reliability are assured in the UX 300e thanks to Lexus' time-earned reputation