It is true that since the beginning of its sales, the Lexus UX had a price tag set very boldly indeed. Even traditional customers of the brand did not want to pay a million and a half crowns for a relatively small hatchback, but even so it is quite surprising how massive the currently offered discount is. We are talking about 300-360 thousand depending on the equipment, which means that you can have a Lexus UX 250h for as little as 850 thousand. And in the case of a premium car with an eccentric design and a chiseled hybrid drive, that seems like a fairly fair offer.
Under the hood, you will find a two-liter gasoline engine, an e-CVT transmission and a traction electric motor producing a total of less than 190 horsepower. In the case of the tested car, another electric motor, which drives the rear wheels, helps, but it has only 7 horsepower and is only more of an aid when driving out of snow and the like. Frankly speaking, I think that the vast majority of customers will be enough with a basic front wheel.
Otherwise, with the exception of equipment, there is nothing else to choose from. In Europe, the UX 250h motorization is sold exclusively, Lexus only has a pure combustion model for other markets. There is also a purely electric version of the UX 300e, which you can also buy from us, but that is quite a different car and, above all, it is significantly more expensive, it can cost up to 1.7 million, so it will probably only be of interest to really die-hard electromobility fans.
But the hybrid drive in the UX is perfectly fine-tuned. Lexus (and by extension Toyota) really know what they are doing, they have been developing and tuning these systems for years and it really shows when you drive. Most of the time you won’t even notice when you’re driving on petrol and when on electricity – and once you get used to the quiet nature of the car, consumption drops below six litres, and with a bit of effort even below five. Even so, UX of course also has its shortcomings. As always, I summarized them in my video.