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Lexus NX

The independent definitive Lexus NX video review
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    NX MARKS THE SPOT (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

    The Lexus NX SUV targets BMW's X3 and Audi's Q5 and has become one of the company's biggest sellers. Jonathan Crouch reports on the latest range.

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 70

    Here, Lexus throws the kitchen sink at the mid-size luxury SUV sector, its improved NX zeroing in more closely on the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. The range now includes only the 2.5-litre NX 300h hybrid powertrain and is offered in front-driven or AWD guises. The sharp looks and beautiful interior are sure to secure no shortage of orders and the comprehensive 'Lexus Safety System+' package is a welcome inclusion.

    Backgroundword count: 159

    If there was one word that could best be used to describe Lexus, it's probably 'audacious'. This is a car manufacturer that doesn't recognise boundaries as many do. Its very first car was a tilt at the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, widely renowned at the time as the best car in the world. It built the world's first luxury hybrid and even built a supercar that even today feels more special and exotic than an equivalent Lamborghini or Ferrari. For all its chutzpah and ambition, Lexus' footprint has tended to be narrow. Yes, the company has a luxury remit, but it's still been absent from many potentially lucrative market sectors where it ought to have been upsetting applecarts. In short, the brand could do with more models like this NX, a premium mid-sized SUV that targets models like the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5. On recent times, the range has been updated with more equipment and stronger standards of safety.

    Driving Experienceword count: 262

    Lexus NX buyers are restricted to hybrid power, a proven Lexus 2.5-litre petrol engine, generator, motor and battery package with a total system output of 195bhp. There's an entry-level front-driven version but most NX models are ordered in AWD form, where the NX 300h is equipped with two electric motors, one on each axle, to produce the all-wheel drive traction. It also gets sprung-weight damping control to increase ride comfort and handling stability by reducing pitching when driving on uneven surfaces. The whole set-up is mated to a E-CVT auto gearbox. For town use, it's an almost perfect combination. In fact, there's really no other Crossover of this size that even comes close to the seamless waft of propulsion this car provides, so if you're looking for the most relaxing and refined mid-sized SUV you can buy for shopping and school run duties, you can end your search right here. This is it. Unfortunately, out of town, the belt-driven transmission is far less accommodating. The gearshift that was so sweet and smooth when you were ambling about rather loses its way when more rapid progress is called for. You press the throttle hard, the revs roar and not a huge amount of forward motion is delivered. A lot of attention has gone into improving body rigidity, with extensive reinforcement of the underbody, additional bulkheads and weld points, and extra suspension braces. An Adaptive Variable Suspension system is offered, which talks to the car's Drive Mode Select system, to alter the level of damping force to improve ride comfort and improve body control.

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    Min

    Max

    0-62 mph (s):

    7.1

    9.3

    Combined mpg:

    35.8

    56.5

    CO2 (g/km):

    116

    183

    Extra urban mpg:

    43.5

    56.5

    Height (mm):

    1645

    Length (mm):

    4630

    ... and 6 other stats available

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    Category: Crossover or SUV 4x4s

    Performance
    60%
    Handling
    70%
    Comfort
    80%
    Space
    80%
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