With luxurious compact crossovers just like the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA having fun with success over the previous few years, it solely made sense for Lexus to go after a chunk of that pie as nicely. Their reply? The all-new 2019 Lexus UX.
The Lexus UX completes the luxurious model’s SUV lineup, which incorporates the NX, RX, GX, and LX. With the UX, Lexus is ready to get the eye of younger patrons, and hopefully maintain onto them as their wants (and household) develop, with a automobile for each stage of their life.
Visually, the Lexus UX is a fairly radical departure for the usually-reserved model, designed particularly “for contemporary city explorers looking for a contemporary, up to date and dynamic tackle luxurious driving.” Whereas the styling won’t be for everybody, it’s a head-turner (particularly in colours like Cadmium Orange), and about as totally different from the competitors as you may get.
Being that the UX is meant for a busy metropolis chock filled with younger professionals, Lexus determined to carry us out to Seattle so we may expertise it in its pure habitat. And we couldn’t have requested for a greater setting, because it actually showcased what the UX (“Urban X-over”) is all about.
We began the day within the Lexus UX 200, which is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that places out 169HP and 151 lb-ft of torque. Energy is routed to the entrance wheels by means of a 10-speed Direct Shift Constantly Variable Transmission, which mixes the advantages of a CVT (gasoline economic system) with a traditional first gear to present you a extra direct driving really feel. It really works amazingly nicely, and if no one informed me, I might have assumed the automotive had an everyday automated.
Now I do know what you’re pondering.. 169 horsepower?! That’s considerably much less energy than the competitors. And also you’re not fallacious. The UX 200 isn’t precisely quick, with a 0-60 mph time of 8.9 seconds. However the UX was designed for town, the place you don’t want (or have the room to make use of) 300HP. There’s greater than sufficient energy to zip round city, and a good turning radius that makes U-turns a breeze in even the tightest spots.
After lunch, we hopped into the Lexus UX 250h hybrid, and surprisingly sufficient, this ended up being our favourite of the 2. For a further $2,000, you get barely extra energy (181 complete system horsepower), higher gasoline economic system (38 mpg mixed vs. 33 mpg mixed), and all-wheel drive customary (one thing that’s not supplied on the UX 200 in any respect).
You wouldn’t suppose that an additional 12 horsepower would make that a lot of a distinction, however we discovered the UX 250h to really feel way more responsive. And the numbers again it up, with the hybrid clocking in a 0-60 mph time of 8.6 seconds. Issue within the higher mileage and all-wheel drive (an enormous promoting level for these in colder climates), and the hybrid mannequin looks as if a no brainer.
Each the UX 200 and UX 250h will be optioned with the F Sport bundle, which provides quite a lot of look (mesh grille, unique entrance and rear bumpers, jet black trim, sport seats) and dealing with (suspension tuning together with revised springs and stabilizer bars) upgrades. There’s no added energy with the bundle, however the Lively Sound Management pipes some faux engine noise into the cabin to intensify the driving expertise.
Talking of the cabin, the inside of the UX what we’ve come to count on from Lexus, with prime quality supplies and a whisper-quiet journey. That stated, this isn’t your grandfather’s Lexus. The UX is accessible with a two-tone lapis and birch (blue and white) inside, full with washi-textured blue trim on the sprint. I personally cherished the look, but when that’s too radical for you, there are extra conventional choices to select from as nicely.
Lexus is aware of that UX patrons need the newest in know-how and connectivity, in order that they’ve packed the UX with all of the bells and whistles. A 7-inch Lexus Multimedia System show is customary, and 4 USB ports (plus wi-fi charging) are offered to ensure that everybody arrives at their vacation spot absolutely charged. Apple CarPlay additionally comes customary on the UX, permitting you to entry your favourite apps by means of the automotive’s show.
However that’s not all. Amazon Alexa compatibility comes customary, so patrons with Alexa-enabled units (like an Echo or a smartwatch) can use easy voice instructions to lock/unlock their doorways, begin their engine, or verify their gasoline stage. Likewise, they’ll additionally talk with their home on-the-go. “Alexa, flip the warmth as much as 72-degrees.”
General, there’s rather a lot to love concerning the all-new 2019 Lexus UX, nevertheless it’s a automotive that actually caters to a selected viewers. In the event you’re a younger up-and-comer who lives within the metropolis and is available in the market for a luxurious compact crossovers that received’t break the financial institution, the UX is a good alternative.
The 2019 Lexus UX 200 rolls into dealerships this December, with a beginning worth of $32,000, and choice packages (F Sport, Know-how, and so on) costing $2,000 every. The 2019 Lexus UX 250h will arrive in dealerships in January 2019, with a beginning worth of $34,000.
Go to www.lexus.com for extra data.