Lexus UX 300e costs, insurance, warranty & tax
The usual balance of savings applies here: you won't spend money on petrol, but insurance and asking price are factors
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2021/22 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|38-39||3yrs / 60,000 miles||1yr / 10,000 miles||From £88 / £175|
Lexus claims that those choosing the UX 300e over a diesel-powered rival will save you around £3,000 in fuel over four years. That's a big claim and one that should attract the attention of plenty of prospective customers. And while an electric SUV can't quite match a diesel equivalent for outright range and road-tripping ability, the UX 300e will certainly be an easy switch for those who regularly cover only shorter distances.
The UX is quite expensive to buy outright for private owners when compared to internal-combustion rivals – especially when you consider no models qualify for the government's plug-in car grant – but if you take into account fuel savings, lower maintenance costs, and exemption from the London Congestion Charge and similar schemes, the UX could well be worth the outlay.
It goes without saying that company-car users will welcome the UX 300e's non-existent local CO2 emissions, which equate to a 1% BiK rate during the 2021/22 tax year, which is much better than the rate for any petrol, diesel or hybrid-powered car.
Lexus UX 300e insurance group
The UX 300e falls into insurance groups 38 or 39 depending on specification, which is a little higher than the maximum group 26 rating for its UX 250h petrol-electric hybrid sibling.
The UX is covered by a three-year/60,000-mile warranty, while its battery is guaranteed for eight years or 100,000 miles. The first of these is not the most competitive on the market – Kia's 100,000-mile/seven-year warranty is still the one to beat – but coverage should be enough for the average three-year lease regardless. It's worth noting that Lexus customers can extend their warranty beyond this period free of charge, simply by continuing to have their car serviced at a franchised dealer.
Lexus UX 300e customers need to have their car serviced every 10,000 miles or once a year, whichever comes soonest. Continuing to do this beyond year three will extend the warranty free of charge. The brand is famed for its customer service and has plans available to help spread the cost of maintenance; these Lexus Service Plans let you choose both plan length and payment frequency, as well as which services to include. Standalone servicing prices start at £225 for Lexus models of all ages.
You won't have to pay any VED (road tax) in the UK to run a UX 300e on account of its status as a zero-emissions 'alternative-fuel vehicle'.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe 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 & insurance - currently readingThe 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