Lexus, hybrid specialist? Certainly, until the arrival of this Lexus UX 300e, the first electric model of the premium brand and the Toyota group – a revolution (see the brief)! This small UX (4.49 m in length), not designed for electric, thus receives a 54.3 kW battery. An integration that does not encroach on living space and even saves 47 l in boot space (a small 367 l in all), with a floor 5 cm lower. A rarity made possible by the adoption of a relatively modest battery, pending future models entirely designed for electricity.
However, the generous engine develops 204 hp (150 kW), a guarantee of good performance. And when driving, it shows excellent dynamism, pleasant and, with the choice, smooth or fast. The transmission offers two levels of energy recovery in D mode, four in B mode. Behavior is pleasant and the weight is not too felt: 1,840 kg, or 200 kg more than the hybrid version on which is based this UX 300e, with 450 kg of batteries. Soundproofing is successful thanks to additional insulation.
Lexus UX 300e: limited range
At 315 km, the range is necessarily limited by the average capacity of the battery: at 20% remaining power, the reserve is already displayed; at 16% capacity, the car displays 0 km remaining, before reducing power. Aware of its limits, the UX 300e indeed wants to avoid “running out of fuel”. In order to save the battery, functions are therefore on the program, such as air conditioning with infrared sensors to adjust its level according to the occupants on board. The services are also adapted, with Lexus Link, to locate the available terminals in real time and pay via the application. The charge takes 8:14 at 32 A on a mains socket, fifty minutes in fast charge in the Japanese CHAdeMO format, present in the Ionity network (but without preferential rates).
This Lexus UX 300e starts at 49,990 euros including tax, negotiable rate to take advantage of the bonus scale.
Lexus UX 300e
|Electric motor (hp)||204|
|Drums||Lithium-ion 54.35 kWh|
|Conso. electric (WLTP)||16.8 kWh / 100 km (comb)|
|WLTP autonomy (km)||315 km (mixed)|
|On-board charger / charging||50 minutes on CHAdeMO rapid setting|
|Max speed (km / h)||160|
|0 to 100 km / h (s)||7.5|
|Min empty weight (kg)||1,840|
|L x W x H (mm)||4,490 x 1,840 x 1,540|
|From (€ TTC)||49 990|