Lexus NX review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Lexus NX 2021 interior infotainment
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  • Lexus NX 2021 interior dashboard
  • Lexus NX 2021 boot open
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  • Lexus NX 2021 front left tracking
  • Lexus NX 2021 front cornering
  • Lexus NX 2021 rear left tracking
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  • Lexus NX 2021 headlight detail
  • Lexus NX 2021 rear lights detail
  • Lexus NX 2021 charging
  • Lexus NX 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Lexus NX 2022 front
  • Lexus NX 2021 rear cornering
  • Lexus NX 2021 interior dashboard
  • Lexus NX 2021 boot open
  • Lexus NX 2021 interior infotainment
  • Lexus NX 2021 front left tracking
  • Lexus NX 2021 front cornering
  • Lexus NX 2021 rear left tracking
  • Lexus NX 2021 right tracking
  • Lexus NX 2021 headlight detail
  • Lexus NX 2021 rear lights detail
  • Lexus NX 2021 charging
  • Lexus NX 2021 alloy wheel detail
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Lexus NX certainly isn’t the cheapest plug-in hybrid large SUV you can buy, but it’s reasonably priced compared with its premium-badged rivals. Its starting price undercuts those of the Audi Q5 TFSIe and BMW X3 xDrive30e, for example.

On the face of it, the cheapest Premium Pack model would seem to make the most sense. It gets plenty of standard equipment, including 18in alloys, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and artificial leather seats. The only caveat is that it doesn't have the same suspension as the F-Sport version we’ve tried.

As for charging up the battery, this can be done at a rate of up to 6.6kW – roughly the same power you’ll get from a typical wallbox installed at your home. This means a 0-100% charge takes around 2hrs 45min, a lot less time than it takes to charge a plug-in Volvo XC60 or BMW X3. Those rivals can accept only 3.7kW of charging power.

Reliability is arguably the biggest reason to choose a Lexus though. The brand finished top in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey with excellent scores for all its models. That survey didn’t include the latest NX, but there’s no reason to expect a dip in form.

Euro NCAP hadn’t finished its safety appraisal of the NX at the time of writing, but you certainly get lots of kit to help you avoid an accident. Automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane-keeping assistance, blind-spot monitoring and traffic sign recognition are standard across the range, with more safety aids on Takumi models or available as an option on the F-Sport.

Lexus NX 2021 interior infotainment

Overview

A fine all-rounder and the best car Lexus has launched for years

  • Impressive pure electric range
  • Strong performance
  • Promise of stellar reliability
  • Petrol engine isn’t the smoothest
  • High-speed ride
  • Takumi versions are pricey
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