Lexus UX300e review

Category: Large Electric

Section: Interior

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Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

Slip behind the wheel of the Lexus UX300e and you'll find an acceptable, rather than outstanding, driving position. Entry-level UX trim comes as standard with eight-way electric seat adjustment and variable lumbar support, but the seats don’t offer much of the elevated driving position that some might want from an SUV. You sit barely any higher than you do in a Polestar 2, and lower than you do in a Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric or Volkswagen ID.4.

That fact doesn't aid rear visibility either, and nor does the kicked-up rear window line, all of which makes over-the-shoulder visibility very limited. All models come with front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera to help mitigate this problem, and bright LED headlights are at hand, too. 

While the UX300e is designed to look distinctive inside, we’d prefer this apparent attention to detail to be backed up with a little more substance. While it feels sturdily made, and there are plush, soft-touch finishes to the dashboard and doors, there’s also far too much scratchy plastic on display lower down for a car at this price point.

Another major sticking point, and one that’s common to other Lexus models, is the UX’s infotainment system. The standard 7.0in screen is tiny by class standards (for reference the Tesla Model 3 and Ford Mustang Mach-E get huge 15.0in touchscreen systems), and both it and the 10.3in display that comes as standard with the Takumi pack are of low resolution next to the sharp and clear screens found in nearly every other rival. 

Then there are its convoluted menus to deal with, which are made even more frustrating by the fiddly laptop-style touchpad via which it's navigated. It's more distracting to use than a touchscreen, and it's far less intuitive than the rotary controller of the iDrive infotainment system in the BMW i3

At least there are some shortcut buttons around the centre armrest that make it easier to swap between the main functions, while Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring are standard, allowing you to use the navigation software on your phone. That’s handy as you need to spec the Takumi pack if you want in-built sat-nav. The Takumi pack also brings with it a head-up display and a 13-speaker Mark Levinson sound system that sounds very good.

Lexus UX300e 2020 dashboard

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