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“The economical Lexus UX seems to be and feels nice, however falls brief on versatility” The premium compact SUV class is rising quickly in the mean time. Patrons cannot get sufficient of trendy crossovers just like the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. ‘Hybrid’ has change into one thing of a buzzword, too, so a hybrid premium compact SUV actually must be a gross sales sensation. That is what Lexus, the upmarket arm of Toyota, hopes for its all-new UX 250h. It is the smallest SUV the corporate has but supplied, slotting beneath the Lexus NX within the model’s line-up and providing an alternative choice to its different hybrid mannequin, the extra conventionally styled Lexus CT hatchback. It’s going to additionally compete in opposition to the Jaguar E-Tempo and Volvo XC40, whereas probably persuading would-be Toyota C-HR consumers to push just a little additional upmarket. Picture 2 of 13 It comes as no shock that Lexus ought to go for hybrid energy in its smallest SUV – the bigger Lexus RX was one thing of a pioneer, providing hybrid energy since 2004. The know-how has since made large leaps ahead in fuel-efficiency, although, and Lexus claims some pretty startling economic system figures for the smaller, lighter UX. Modest CO2 emissions figures ought to make the UX a lovely proposition for company-car customers, too. Externally, the Lexus UX wears the model’s trademark ‘spindle’ grille, however is not fairly as daring and outspoken because the bigger Lexus NX. The general form has the modern silhouette of the most recent coupe-SUVs, and regardless of its tough-looking black wheelarch mouldings, the stance is extra soft-roader than go-anywhere automobile. That streamlined form is mirrored inside, the place inside headroom is extra saloon than SUV and the driving place is barely just a little greater than a typical household hatchback. Boot area is moderately meagre, too, so this is perhaps a crossover extra appropriate for than bigger events. Though some might miss the lofty perch that different SUVs can present, many will benefit from the UX’s sporty driving place; there is no doubt it contributes to the driving expertise, which feels just a little extra involving than what some rivals supply. It simply goes to point out how succesful Toyota’s TNGA platform – additionally discovered below the Toyota Prius hybrid and newest Toyota Corolla – actually is.