Lexus UX 300e

The UX 300e is the newest member of the UX compact SUV family that Lexus launched early in 2019

We get behind the wheel of Lexus’s first all-electric vehicle writes Geraldine Herbert

What’s new? The Lexus UX 300e marks a first for the Japanese carmaker, a small crossover that runs entirely on battery power and is a blueprint for what’s to come. Lexus plans to launch 20 all-new or redesigned models over the next five years, including battery-electric, plugin hybrid electric and hybrid.

Is it a looker? In a segment laden with similar-looking offerings the UX manages to stand out with a mix of elegance and chiselled styling and will turn plenty of heads Inside benchmark Lexus attributes of comfort, refinement and style are evident and it is a beautifully crafted interior and attention to detail is everywhere.

How far can I go on a single charge? Powered by a 54.35kWh battery located under the cabin floor. the WLTP range is 300km on a single charge but on the road, this proves optimistic and is difficult to replicate

How easy is it to charge? An AC charger port is located on the right-hand rear wing and a DC port for rapid charging is on the rear left side. Both have a push-release cover and an inlet lamp makes for easier connection when charging at night. Rapid DC charging takes about 50 minutes at 50kW to go from zero to 80%.

What’s it like inside? The coupé-like roofline means there is a compromise with space, so it’s a little cramped. On the flip side, it is so comfortable it is unlikely to be a deal-breaker. There is also 367-litre boot space.

What’s it like to drive? On the road, handling is responsive and it is well suited for daily driving with pacy acceleration and well-weighted steering.

How safe is it? All versions of the UX 300e are fitted as standard with the second generation Lexus Safety System+ which helps prevent rear-end collisions, lane departures and collisions involving pedestrians.

Will it break the bank? With a starting price of over €56k the UX is not cheap, particularly when compared to rivals with larger boots and better ranges.

Our Rating? Overall, the Lexus UX 300e is a chic blend of engineering, technology and comfort and while the 10-year (or 1,000,000 km) extended battery warranty will go far to reassure hesitant EV buyers

The Good: Smart styling, good to drive
The Gripes: Pricey, not the most practical

Vital Statistics
STARTING PRICE: €56,120
BOOT SPACE: 367 litres­
RANGE: 426km

 

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Geraldine Herbert

7th September 2021

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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