Lexus NX: road test

Posted on May 21st, 2015 by James Luckhurst

Get to know its quirks and you’ll enjoy this stylish and elegant crossover.

Lexus NX: road test

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Road test by James Luckhurst, published 21 May 2015

 

 

DRIVING AND PERFORMANCE
Lexus NX: road test

You’ve checked out the A5, the X3 and the RAV4… now it’s time for a little extra luxury in the shape of the Lexus NX300h hybrid four-wheel-drive. A very stylish, eye-catching crossover we think has a great deal going for it.

Driving the petrol-electric hybrid is certainly an experience. Silent, stealthy and smooth around town, it’s a journey of discovery as you gradually get used to how the power is provided and what effect that has on engine noise. The maximum range on battery alone (at a maximum speed of 30mph) is a disappointing single mile. Rev the engine and it sounds as though it’s having to work too hard. In petrol mode it’s a lovely, though not particularly athletic, motorway cruiser.

SPACE AND PRACTICALITY
Lexus NX: road test

Loads of room for four adults to stretch out and enjoy the luxurious ride. Add a fifth and you’ll start to feel a little squeezed.

SAFETY
Lexus NX: road test

In recent Euro NCAP crash testing, the NX proved the best-performing model in its class and secured the highest five-star rating. Safety features include Lexus’s millimetre-wave radar-controlled Pre-Crash Safety system and Adaptive Cruise Control, plus Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (co-ordinating ABS, EBD, brake assist, traction control etc) as well as eight airbags.

EQUIPMENT
Lexus NX: road test

The line-up of on-board kit is impressive, and there’s a refined finish to the interior. You’ll find a DAB radio with USB music connection featuring right through the model range, as well as dual zone climate control. All versions also come with alloy wheels and LED dipped beam headlamps. Choose the F-Sport model and you’ll get a wireless smartphone charger housed in the armrest located between driver and front seat passenger.

COSTS

Lexus NX: road test
The range starts at £29,495 for the two-wheel-drive S spec. Official fuel economy for this model is 56.5mpg. The 300h Premier weighs in at £42,995.
WE SAY

Get to know its quirks and you’ll enjoy this stylish and elegant crossover.
AT A GLANCE:
Price: from £29,495
Performance: 0-60mph in 9.2 seconds
Economy: 56.5mpg combined
Insurance: Group 29
Tax: Band D (£0 first year)