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2019 Lexus UX 200 F Sport Review | carsales

2019 Lexus UX 200 F Sport Review | carsales

They say that good things come in small packages,
but with the Lexus UX, is that really the case? Lexus’s smallest and cheapest SUV competes
with the likes of the Audi Q2 and Mercedes Benz GLA to name but a few. Priced from under $45,000, the UX is available
with normal petrol or hybrid power trains, both of which are offered in front or all-wheel
drive. Three trim grades are offered, the range-topping
F-Sport is $61,450 in hybrid form, around $5,000 more than the starting price of the
next sized up Lexus NX. All the mod cons are either included as standard
or bundled as part of an option pack, and the UX is typically Lexus in that it’s finished
to perfection. Safety an infotainment technology is top notch,
though the new remote touch interface is clumsy, and borders on unusable on anything but the
smoothest roads. Stylistically, there’s little the UX lacks. It’s sporty without being too over the top,
and it’s luxurious without having too much bling. In fact, I reckon it’s one of the best looking
light SUVs on the market. Though that sleek styling does mean backseat
head and legroom is a little tight. The UX is best suited to four occupants. Boot space is also tight, although it does
beat the Audi Q2 if only just. Well the UX is raspy without being unpleasant
under acceleration. Pick up is reasonably brisk, and around town
flexibility is quite responsive, excusing the occasional lag from the continuously variable
transmission. The UX feels more like a hatch than an SUX
most of the time, with light steering and good handling. On the downside, however, the rise is a little
firm. Lexus says the UX rivals small hatches on
the fuel economy front too, but around town the UX 200 F-Sport nudged double digits. Excusing the infotainment interface, the controls
of the UX are very straightforward. In fact, they are so user friendly you can
get in and drive this car without ever looking at the owner’ s manual. Add to that a generous dollop of opulence
upfront and a calm, pleasant road manner and the UX is a city-sized winner. Good things in small packages, you’d better
believe it.

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