Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
As we mentioned at the start, as a small SUV, you might expect the UX300e 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 UX300e is priced more in line with a Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus, with Premium Plus Pack and Takumi Pack equipped cars sitting closer to the Polestar 2.
So, the UX300e is an expensive proposition, but you do at least get a lot of standard kit. For example, our recommended Premium Plus Pack trim level brings useful luxuries such as smooth leather upholstery, heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, heated outer rear seats, rear privacy glass, smart keyless entry and a smartphone wireless charger.
Takumi spec is focused on luxury and is equipped with a larger, 10.3in infotainment screen, more advanced LED headlights, an upgraded sound system, head-up display, a hands free tailgate and a sunroof – but it costs far too much to be recommended.
Every model comes with Lexus’s Safety System Plus package, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, automatic high beam and road sign detection. Takumi pack also brings blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic Alert sensors to warn you of things crossing your path as you reverse.
The Tesla Model 3 and Volvo XC40 Recharge are two of the safest cars in the class, according to their EuroNCAP results, and the UX is up there with them, scoring well for both adult and child occupancy protection. The XC40 is fractionally better at protecting children in the rear from whiplash, but the UX still scores a full five stars.
Lexus gains some serious points over its rivals for reliability, though. As a manufacturer it finished first in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey, which covered 31 manufacturers — Volvo finished mid-table in 16th place and Tesla was only two from the bottom in 29th. 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.
Practical, good to drive and has a longer range than its close...