Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 14 Feb 2019
With LOVE in the air, I spent the day in Cape Town enjoying the latest addition to the Lexus luxury family of vehicles and a vehicle with a name which is derived from the design team’s mission to combine the best of Urban + X-over (crossover) all of which make up the model UX.
The range starts with the Lexus UX 200 EX which packs a 4-cylinder petrol driven motor and produces 126 kW and 205 Nm of torque. As is to be expected with the premium Japanese automaker, even this most entry-level model combines a very smooth and luxurious drive, all while combining enough shove and efficient fuel economy. Power is delivered through a continually variable transmission (CVT), which proved to do a great job of shifting both around town and open road type conditions.
Available also within the SA line-up is the more powerful Lexus UX 250h SE. Combining further luxury appointments as standard and packing a four-cylinder petrol motor combined with the effortless silence of a hybrid motor on hand, the UX 250h SE is the model within the line-up couples the effortless silence of electric go with industry-leading fuel economy figures.
Finally within the line-up is the range-topping UX 200 F-Sport, the model which sports the most aggressive styling within the line-up including the bold Lexus signature spindle-style grille and all coupled with variable sports suspension. A tort chassis with a low centre of gravity and bold accentuated lines all make for what is a sporty compact crossover.
All models within the UX line-up feature the four-cylinder petrol driven motor and all are mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Comprehensive Kit & Safety
The list standard features within the UX range is extensive, everything from LED headlights, to 18-inch alloy wheels, electric/heated seats, dual-zone climate control (auto aircon), a wireless smartphone charger, cruise control (adaptive cruise control on ES and F-Sport), a 7-inch infotainment system (10.25-inch in the F Sport) with integrated navigation and Bluetooth functionality.
Sound is delivered compliments of a very premium 8-speaker sound system (13-speaker Mark Levinson in the UX F Sport), plus front and rear park distance control with a reverse-view camera makes parking this compact crossover a breeze no matter the spot.
Occupant safety is of top priority within the new UX, with the vehicle featuring an advanced pre-crash sensing module, blind-spot monitoring, lane keep assist with lane departure alert and an LED Adaptive High Beam system.
Lexus Levels of Quality
Attention to detail and quality is everywhere within the Lexus UX. Soft touch premium grade materials coupled with what the Japanese call Takumi “artisan” inspired premium design.
SA Pricing, Warranty & Conclusion
The compact crossover market segment is tightly packed and very competitive, the Germans give us the likes of the BMW X1, Mini Country, Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA for instance, while the Swede’s give us the compact Volvo XC40. This is the Japanese luxury compact crossover answer, and what a great job they have done.
Lexus UX 200 EX – R599,000
Lexus UX 250h SE – R699,000
Lexus UX 200 F-Sport – R726,200
The entire UX range boasts a Lexus best-in-class 7-year/105 000km Warranty and Full Maintenance Plan.