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Lexus UX 300e

The independent definitive Lexus UX 300e video review
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    By Jonathan Crouch

    With the UX 300e, Lexus finally enters the full-EV segment. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 76

    As is the often the case with a Lexus, the UX 300e rewards a thoughtful buyer prepared to think a little more laterally. In the compact SUV segment, there are cheaper full-electric models than this one, some of which offer greater driving range. But this all-electric driving distance you get here will probably be sufficient for most suburban users and there are admirably few compromises in terms of interior packaging, plus a very high quality feel.

    Backgroundword count: 114

    Lexus has been a pioneer in vehicle electrification since introducing the RX 400h in 2005, but this UX 300e model is the brand's very first battery-electric vehicle. It's based on a full-electric version of the Toyota C-HR which currently is only offered in China and is the first of a number of production vehicles the brand will make under its 'Lexus Electrified' banner. The marque is certainly well placed in create an EV having built over 1.6 million electrified self-charging hybrids in the last fifteen years. That means breakthrough Lexus technologies like the power control unit, the battery management system and the electric motor have been tried and tested over many millions of miles.

    Driving Experienceword count: 216

    Lexus wants the UX 300e to be seen as one of the sportier full-battery-powered compact SUVs in its segment. That's an approach made possible by this UX model line's adoption of a Toyota GA-C platform that's much stiffer than the underpinnings used for the Lexus marque's very first compact model, the CT 200h. To balance the EV powertrain, extra bracing has been added and shock absorber damping has been optimised to better match the specific dynamics and extra weight of a full-electric vehicle. This vehicle's low centre of gravity also helps with its dynamic performance, thanks to the way that both the motor and the battery are located beneath the vehicle body, ensuring for optimum front-to-rear weight distribution. The 54.3kWh lithium-ion battery generates plenty of power - 204hp, with 300Nm of almost instantly available torque which spears you away from rest like a hot hatch. 62mph from rest occupies 7.5s but top speed is limited to 100mph and the WLTP-rated driving range is an unremarkable 186 miles. All Evs are quiet of course, but in quite a few of them, engine noise is often substituted for what seems like more audible levels of wind and tyre roar. So in developing this car, Lexus has added extra insulation aimed at suppressing external noises like wind or gravel.

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    £41,460.00 (Estimated At 23 Mar 2021)

    £52,000.00 (Estimated At 23 Mar 2021)

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