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Lexus UX 300e review

Category: Electric SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Lexus UX 300e is one of the smaller electric SUVs out there, so you might expect it to be a natural rival for cars such as the Kia e-Niro or Peugeot e-2008. But as it turns out, the entry-level car is priced more in line with a Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus. Premium Plus Pack and Takumi Pack cars sit closer to the much faster and more practical Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric.

The UX 300e is an expensive proposition, then, and monthly finance costs don’t do it any favours, either. It’ll cost a similar amount, if not more, per month than many of those premium, longer-range alternatives we’ve mentioned.

What is less ideal is the charging on the UX 300e. It’s equipped with a Type 2 socket that will allow you to plug into your home car charger, where you’ll get a full battery in under nine hours.

However, the UX’s rapid charging tops out at 50kW, which will get you an 80% charge in around 50 minutes. That’s slow compared to the rapid charging offered in rivals like the Tesla Model 3, Polestar 2 and Ford Mustang Mach-E, which can charge at more than twice those speeds.

Not only that, but the UX uses a CHAdeMO socket for its DC rapid charging. There are plenty of CHAdeMO rapid chargers in the UK that the UX300e will be able to plug into but almost every other EV on sale uses a different socket type, called a CCS socket.

CCS is the European standard that all new rapid chargers in Western Europe are compatible with and, as the infrastructure grows, CCS promises to be more convenient than CHAdeMO on a long journey.

The Model 3 and the XC40 Recharge are two of the safest cars in the class according to their Euro NCAP results, and the UX is up there with them, scoring well for adult and child occupancy protection. The XC40 is fractionally better at protecting children in the rear from whiplash, but the UX still scores the full five stars. 

Lexus gains some serious points over its rivals for reliability, though. As a manufacturer it finished first in the What Car? Reliability Survey, which covered 30 manufacturers. So while the UX's three-year/60,000-mile warranty is far from generous, chances are you'll not need to make use of it. The UX’s battery is covered for eight years, but a 100,000-mile cap applies.

Overview

If you live in a city, are hankering after a posh compact SUV and fancy going electric, we can see why the Lexus UX300e would be a tempting proposition. It’s well-equipped, pleasant to drive and comes with the promise of Lexus’s excellent reliability record. However, if you have a family or frequently need to do longer journeys, there is a plethora of more spacious rivals out there, the Kia e-Niro, Tesla Model 3, Volkswagen ID.4 (or even the ID.3) and Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric being among them. All those cars offer significantly longer ranges, faster charging, better infotainment and much more interior space.

  • Well-equipped
  • Comfortable ride
  • Reliability record
  • Cramped rear seat space and boot
  • Short range and slow charging
  • Frustrating infotainment
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