The 2020 Lexus UX starts at $ 37,450 before freight and delivery charges.
Very low energy consumption, high quality workmanship, unique design.
Non-user-friendly multimedia system, insufficient rear space, less exciting engines.
The 2020 Lexus UX is classified as a crossover, or if preferred, a light truck in Canada and the United States. Consumers who find themselves old-fashioned by driving in a car are more inclined to buy a utility vehicle, and manufacturers are very happy with that, since this trend brings them a greater profit margin.
You have to realize, however, that small crossovers like the Lexus UX are by no means a truck, and calling it a utility vehicle is also horse drawn. Regardless, it’s Lexus’s most affordable model, and even if he doesn't admit it, it replaces the CT 200h as an entry-level vehicle.
It must be said that the 2020 Lexus UX is not quite like other subcompact-sized crossovers. The UX 200 is only offered with a front-wheel drive, but the latter is standard on the UX 250h Hybrid. It competes with the BMW X1, Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Cadillac XT4, MINI Countryman and Volvo XC40.
Under the hood of the UX 200 is a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a continuously variable automatic transmission with 10 pre-programmed gears, good for 169 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. The trained eye will realize that this is the same engine as in the Toyota Corolla hatchback, normal since both models share the same platform. Never mind, performance is adequate, even though all its rivals offer more powerful turbocharged engines.
Instead, the hybrid version relies on a hybrid system consisting of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle, three electric motors – providing all-wheel drive – and an electronically controlled automatic transmission, all producing a total of 181 horsepower. .
In terms of performance, the two engines are similar, although the non-hybrid version is a little more, say, lively. The UX 200 has a combined city / highway rating of 7.2 L / 100 km, while the UX 250h is content with 6.0 L / 100 km. The difference is mainly due to city driving, since on the highway the averages of the two engines are almost identical. In our test, we got a more than respectable average of 6.6 L / 100 km.
The exterior design with its origami shapes stands out somewhat in its segment, and you obviously have to like this quintessentially Japanese style. Dressed in the F SPORT package, the 2020 Lexus UX has an obviously sportier character that suits it well.
Inside, we take advantage of high quality materials and a very neat finish. The interior design lacks a bit of fluidity, with a wide variation in textures and drop-offs, but at least it's not monotonous. Space is precious, although before you are not so suffocating. Most of the rear passengers will complain, with little legroom and an overall feeling of confinement. Cargo volume stands at 486 liters with the rear seatbacks up, below the segment average.
As for the Lexus multimedia system, it's really not the most user-friendly on the market, especially while driving. The touchpad is difficult to manipulate with precision, and you often have to take your eyes off the road to make sure you choose the correct on-screen control. The features are there, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration allows for more familiar operation of the system. At least in the 2020 Lexus UX there are a few controls around the center armrest to adjust the volume and change songs.
The UX 200h offers good ride comfort, for a subcompact crossover, we agree. The soundproofing of the cabin is good, and it doesn't feel like you're on board an entry-level model.
In addition, the brand's products enjoy a good reputation for reliability as well as a high resale value, which adds to the appreciation of the 2020 Lexus UX. Its base price of $ 37,450 before freight charges and preparation doesn't make it a godsend, whereas for a few thousand dollars more you can get the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA or Audi Q3 with all-wheel drive. Or the front-wheel drive Cadillac XT4 for about $ 2,000 less.
The hybrid-powered, all-wheel-drive UX 250h starts at $ 40,000, making it a better choice than the UX 200. With the F SPORT Series 2 package, the bill climbs to $ 48,900 , but the crossover gets added features like induction phone charging, head-up display, 10.3-inch multimedia screen, navigation system, and digital driver instrumentation, among others.
In the end, it's hard to compare the 2020 Lexus UX to German small vans, because its hybrid powertrain makes it a vehicle with a much different character. As for the utility side, well, the UX is too small to meet a family's needs like its rivals can. On the other hand, it is a solid vehicle, very fuel efficient and, say, one of a kind.