Lexus UX300e review

Category: Large Electric

Section: Introduction

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Introduction

What Car? says...

The Lexus UX300e looks, on paper, like a car destined for success. After all, it’s a posh all-electric SUV crossover, and it doesn’t get more ‘in vogue’ than that.

Before we begin this review, though, we must point out that Lexus doesn’t see the UX300e as a rival for other electric SUVs such as the Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia e-Niro, Peugeot e-2008 or even the VW ID.4. As the “only all-electric crossover SUV in the premium segment”, Lexus would prefer you to view the UX as a natural rival to the Tesla Model 3, Polestar 2 and Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric.

That might seem a bit of a leap at first, but when you consider the entry level UX300e costs more than a Model 3 Standard Range Plus (or more than a Long Range if you add the Premium Plus Pack), it only seems fair to compare the UX300e to the other premium propositions. 

However you look at it, though, the UX300e will have its work cut out. All of those aforementioned rivals have a longer range than the UX300e’s claimed 196 miles, and while a 0-62mph of 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 100mph are perfectly respectable figures, it won’t be grabbing any headlines. 

In terms of styling, Lexus, like Peugeot, believes that buyers of full-EV models want their cars to look as 'normal' as possible. Therefore, the design team for the UX300e has had an easy job; the only visual changes to differentiate it from the regular UX are a more aerodynamic front grille, special 17-inch 'aero-ventilating' alloy wheels and different badges. 

Over the next few pages of this Lexus UX300e review, we’ll be exploring more than just aesthetics. We’ll be investigating what it’s like to drive, how plush and spacious it is, plus how much it’ll cost you to buy and run.

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