Lexus NX review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Performance & drive

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  • Lexus NX 2022 front
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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

When its battery is charged up, the Lexus NX plug-in hybrid operates just like a fully electric car. That means smooth, quiet and fairly nippy acceleration up to motorway speeds and beyond.

Indeed, the NX can run on battery power alone at speeds of up to 83mph. The petrol engine is summoned into life only if you use the very lowest reaches of the accelerator petrol – when you need to do a quick overtake on a country road, for example, or you want to match the official 0-62mph time of 6.3 seconds.

The only version we’ve driven so far was an F-Sport model. Lexus gives you adaptive sports suspension and chunky 20in alloys as standard with all F-Sports, but the ride is surprisingly comfortable at low speeds. Even potholes don’t cause it to lose its composure and send jolts through your backside.

It's not as impressive at motorway speeds – the NX jostles you around continually, almost as though you're sitting on a washing machine during a slow spin cycle. The experience isn’t overly irritating, but the Q5 TFSIe is far more settled at faster speeds.

The NX's cornering abilities are more than good enough. This isn’t a fun and sporty large SUV but it does grip the road well and there's not much body lean through corners. The steering is precise and the weighting is natural and consistent enough to give you confidence on a winding road. Overall, the NX is closer in ethos to the Volvo XC60 than the sharper X3.

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