There's no magic potion to guarantee success in the new car market, but if recent years tell us anything, then launching a new SUV is, to a manufacturer of new cars, the next best thing to a guarantee behind glugging down a miracle elixir of sales. This may well have been the thinking behind introducing the Lexus UX, which the Japanese firm is intending to be its biggest seller in the UK.
So what is it? Well, the initials UX stand for Urban Crossover – if you interpret the X as a cross, that is – and the UX sits below the larger RX and NX as Lexus’s family SUV. It’s clearly cut from the same cloth as those cars, though, both in its sharp, angular design as well as its use of hybrid power — just the ticket if you’re desperate to avoid a diesel.
You can buy almost any new car — at a hefty discount and with the minimum of fuss — through our What Car? New Car Buying service. To find out whether that new car should be a UX or something else instead, keep reading through this review. It will tell you all there is to know about the UX, including how it drives, how practical it is and whether it is cost effective to run, while at every stage comparing and contrasting those traits with its key opposition.