There's no magic potion to guarantee success in the new car market, but recent years have shown launching a new SUV to be the next best thing a manufacturer can do to glugging down a miracle elixir. This might well have been the thinking behind Lexus introducing the UX, which the Japanese firm hopes will eventually become its biggest seller in the UK.
Its initials stand for Urban Crossover – sort of – and it sits below the RX and NX in the Lexus SUV range. It’s clearly cut from the same cloth as those cars, both in its sharp, angular design and its use of hybrid power. That means, as well as battling against petrol and diesel rivals such as the BMW X1 and Volvo XC40, the UX must confront a growing hybrid SUV army that includes the Kia Niro and Mini Countryman S E.
So, how does it compare with its competitors? Should you rush past rival dealers and beat a path to your Lexus showroom? Read on to find out.
And don’t forget to find out how much you could save with the What Car? New Car Buying section of our website.