Slip behind the wheel and you should have no trouble finding a driving position that suits you. Entry-level UX trim comes with six-way manual seat adjustment, but you can pay extra for electric eight-way adjustment with variable lumbar support; this is standard on F-Sport and Takumi versions. The F-Sport has specially designed sports seats, which are very comfortable and supportive.
If, however, you crave the elevated driving position many expect from an SUV, the UX might not be what you’re looking for; you sit closer to the ground than in rivals and won’t be looking down on other traffic. And while there's a good clear forward view, the rear windscreen is a bit narrow, to the detriment of visibility when reversing.
While the UX looks undeniably stylish inside, we’d prefer things to be backed up with a little more substance. Although there’s a soft-touch finish to the dashboard and doors, there’s far too much scratchy plastic on display. When you run a fingernail over it, the brushed-effect plastic that surrounds the centre console squeaks like one of those lenticular bookmarks that were all the rage in the 1990s.
Another major sticking point, common to other Lexus models, is its near-unfathomable infotainment system. Both the 7.0in and 10.3in displays are afflicted by a convoluted menu layout, which is made all the more frustrating by the fiddly touchpad used to navigate it. Although there are some shortcut buttons dotted around the dashboard and centre console, we’d much prefer a simpler layout with a rotary dial controller instead.