Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
There’s no such thing as a poorly equipped NX. Even entry-level SE versions come with dual-zone climate control, electrically folding door mirrors, heated front seats and 18in alloys. Luxury is also worth a look; it has leather seats and front and rear parking sensors. The other models are a bit too pricey to recommend.
Company car drivers could save a packet in tax by going for the hybrid NX over some of its diesel-powered rivals, but it’s not such good value as a private purchase. You’ll still be hit with £140 a year in road tax while real world economy won’t match diesels. Still, it shouldn’t use too much fuel if you drive it gently and spend most of your time in town, and its resale values are decently strong.
The Lexus NX is a good place to be in the event of a crash, having picked up a five-star (out of five) Euro NCAP rating. It’s not quite as safe as an Audi Q5, but it does at least get automatic emergency braking as standard.
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