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 in the Lexus UX300e, 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 very tight. 

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 Ford Mustang Mach-ETesla Model 3Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric and Volkswagen ID.4 all serve their rear-seat passengers immeasurably better.

The boot is a useful square shape, has no awkward load lip at its entrance and has a convenient hidden cubby for the cable beneath the boot floor. However, all that's completely undermined by the small main luggage compartment. Granted, it’s not as diminutive as the boot in the standard hybrid Lexus UX (the electric UX300e's is 47 litres bigger) but this is still a vastly smaller boot than you get in most rivals. We only managed to get four carry-on cases beneath the UX300e’s flimsy tonneau cover, while many rivals manage seven or more.

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. Certainly, there’s a whole host of more spacious and practical alternatives, including those more affordable alternatives from less premium manufacturers.

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