Lexus UX300e review

Category: Large Electric

Section: Passenger & boot space

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Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

There's plenty of head and leg room up front, but rear passenger space is poor. Not only do the narrow rear door openings make it tricky to get in and out, but anyone approaching six foot tall will find their knees pressed up against the seat backs and the footwells are unbelievably tight. 

And that's with just two adults in the rear; try fitting three adults in the back of a UX and it'll be a real struggle for the middle passenger especially, with a compromised middle rear seat that sits higher than the outer two, reducing the head room it can offer. The Polestar 2, Tesla Model 3 and Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric all serve their rear-seat passengers immeasurably better.

The boot is a usefully square shape and has no awkward load lip at its entrance, and there’s some reasonable under-floor storage. However, all that's completely undermined by the diminutive main luggage compartment. When we tested the standard Lexus UX we found we could only fit three carry on suitcases under the tonneau cover; yes, you did read that correctly, three. And while the UX300's is 47 litres bigger, it's still smaller than most rivals'.

Passenger storage is reasonable, but not superb. There's a smallish glovebox and front door bins, along with a decent cubby under the central armrest and a couple of cup holders. Rear-seat passengers are served with a couple of map pockets but disappointingly no door bins.

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