The Two UX Defined
Okay, Lexus sucked me proper in with the definition of the all-new 2019 siblings, the UX 200 and UX 250h as “City + Xover (crossover)=UX.” They go on to say the design group’s idea was for a “trendy city explorer looking for a recent, modern tackle luxurious driving.” These explorers, in accordance with Lexus shall be somebody shopping for their first Lexus and their first luxurious automotive. I want to satisfy these individuals, they sound fascinating!
Lexus has come out with some compelling automobiles, crossovers and SUVs up to now few years, with lots of them reviewed on Clear Fleet Report (see right here and right here and an extended listing on the finish of this evaluate). With the addition of the UX, Lexus now has two very good small crossovers in a phase the place they beforehand didn’t have any fashions.
The 2019 Lexus UX is the primary Lexus mannequin constructed on its International Structure Compact, or GA-C, platform. The significance of this light-weight and inflexible platform is that it gives a number of design and engineering parts that ship agile dealing with with journey consolation, leading to pleasing driving attributes. Toss-in a fuel-efficient gasoline engine and an much more environment friendly hybrid system, and the UX could have robust attraction for anybody in search of a premium compact crossover.
Gasoline Versus Hybrid
The 2019 Lexus UX comes with two energy plant choices which might be paired with front-wheel (UX 200) or all-wheel drive (UX 250h). Clear Fleet Report first examined the UX 200 FWD with the two.Zero-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine that produced 169 horsepower. We then drove the UX 250h AWD with the identical engine, however including the Lexus Hybrid Drive system elevated the whole system horsepower to 181. The engines run on 87 octane and are naturally aspirated (non-turbo). Each UX fashions had very clean constantly variable transmissions (CVT) with paddle shifters and driver-selectable drive modes of Eco, Regular and Sport. The UX 250h additionally will get an EV setting for driving round city in pure electrical mode.
The gasoline-powered UX 200 has EPA gasoline financial system estimates of 29 mpg metropolis/37 freeway/33 mixed. To maximise gasoline financial system within the hybrid UX 250h the Lexus Hybrid Drive system routinely switches between electrical drive mode, mixed electrical motor and gasoline engine, and gasoline-only engine energy. These transitions could be monitored by viewing sprint gauges.
Gasoline financial system for the 2019 Lexus UX 250h is rated at 41 mpg metropolis/38 freeway/39 mixed miles per gallon. The hybrid’s battery is replenished by means of the regenerative charging system, which converts kinetic power into electrical power when making use of the brakes or coasting and shops it within the battery. This course of can be seen on a touch gauge the place you’ll be able to watch the facility move into and out of the battery and engine.
The hybrid will increase in metropolis and mixed gasoline financial system are spectacular. For that “trendy city explorer” seeking-out the most recent restaurant or membership, that is the kind of effectivity they’ll need.
Driving Expertise: On the Street
Clear Fleet Report’s UX 200 and UX 250h have been each F Sport fashions. In case you comply with Lexus nomenclature, its F Sport line is all the time the sportiest of any mannequin. The UX F Sport has a sport-tuned suspension (revised springs and stabilizer bars) with lively sound management. This final function produces the sound of up and down shifts, making the CVT (which has no gears) sound like it’s going by means of the gears. Sure, it really works, and, sure, it’s fairly cool.
Within the F Sport trim, the UX are shod with 18-inch 225/50R Bridgestone all-season run-flat tires that deliver up an fascinating debate. Is any efficiency sacrificed with the run flats well worth the weight financial savings by having no spare? Is operating this tire a toss-up for getting probably the most dealing with from a automotive, versus the safe feeling of with the ability to drive on a flat tire if essential? No solutions right here—go verify them out for your self.
The UX has spectacular experience and dealing with, with the 200 a bit extra sporty, whereas the 250h had that additional energy from the dual electrical motors. The UX feels small, navigating simply by way of metropolis areas. The tight 34-foot turning radius was a pleasing discovery. Out on the street, the UX feels planted and strong, with even the most important 18-wheeler whooshing by not presenting any issues. The mixture of lively cornering help and car stability management helps management understeer on turns and corners. The system mechanically applies small quantities of brake strain to the within wheels, so corners are taken with extra precision and management.
Zero-to-60 speeds are within the mid-to-high nine-second vary. A pair seconds much less and the UX can be within the efficiency or sporty class. By putting the CVT in Sport mode, the engine is pressured to remain within the rev band for extra sprightly efficiency. The sense is a linear and clean, pure acceleration that’s greater than enough for many driving conditions.
The UX has a really feel of authority and confidence when taking place the street. The electrical power-assist steering had good street suggestions with the cabin remoted from widespread street imperfections. Wind noise was non-existent, partially because of the low Zero.33 coefficient of drag.
Driving Expertise: Exterior
The UX is taken into account a compact crossover, however from some angles it appears like a hatchback. Lexus did a superb design job, as many crossovers simply seem like smaller variations of their bigger brethren. The focus of all Lexus fashions is their signature spindle grill, which permits no middle-ground in relation to liking or not liking it. I prefer it, particularly being framed with Bi-LED headlights and the L-shaped lighting design. The UX has good proportions, with a small greenhouse space. The close to flat roof has aluminum rails ends with a small spoiler situated over the window on the foot-activated energy rear raise gate. Clear Fleet Report’s UX F Sport fashions additionally had an influence tilt and sliding moonroof.
There are only a few chrome bits and items, tastefully discovered accenting the aspect home windows, the entrance grill and on the rear decrease fascia. If you’d like shade in your automotive, Lexus gives the 2019 UX in 12 colours together with Nori Inexperienced Pearl, Cadmium Orange and, unique to the UX 250h, Extremely White and Extremely Sonic Blue Mica.
Driving Expertise: Inside
Lexus is understood for its high-quality interiors. They didn’t scrimp on this, the least costly Lexus. The supplies, design and fit-and-finish are prime notch. Should you can think about an inside function or remedy that must be on a premium automotive, then Lexus packed it into the snug UX 200 and UX 250h F Sport. Clear Fleet Report’s check automobiles got here with the Premium Package deal (250h) or the Luxurious Package deal (200) that each had NuLuxe artificial leather-based heated and perforated sport seats. The facility, with lumbar, seats are embossed with F Sport on the top rests, with pink prime stitching on the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The second-row entry was straightforward, with the seats snug for 2 adults. For comfort, there have been USB ports and a 60/40 folding and reclining seat again.
Gauges, together with the hybrid administration system on the 250h, are in clear sight. The controls are in straightforward attain, together with these for the dual-zone automated temperature system. The heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel incorporates audio phone and voice controls and was adjustable by the facility tilt and telescoping column.
The Lexus infotainment system consists of the Enform service for the primary 10 years. The eight-speaker system supplies wonderful sound to ship SiriusXM/FM/CD/HDAM with MP3 playback functionality. USB ports with iPod connectivity, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, music streaming by way of Bluetooth wi-fi know-how and hands-free telephone functionality full the system. All that is seen by means of a 10.Three-inch, high-resolution contact display. The Verizon Wi-Fi, that may help up-to 5 units, has complementary 4GB of knowledge for one yr.
I discovered the sound system interface to be needlessly cumbersome in comparison with the various different easier-to-use methods we expertise at Clear Fleet Report. The trackpad was imprecise and triggered an excessive amount of eyes-off-the-road when going from perform to perform. It turned a distraction and a security concern when in tight metropolis visitors.
The 2019 Lexus UX is well-equipped with lively and passive security options beginning with the Lexus Security System 2.Zero. It’s simpler so that you can examine this feature-rich system right here. Different security gadgets embrace 10 air luggage, a tire strain monitoring system, collapsible steering column, anti-theft alarm and engine immobilizer, rear view digital camera, blind spot monitor with rear cross visitors alert, rain delicate wipers, Homelink rearview mirror, headlamp leveling and rear park help.
Pricing and Warranties
Due to a how the UX check automobiles we drove have been outfitted, it’s potential to purchase the extra gasoline environment friendly UX 250h for lower than the UX 200. Clear Fleet Report’s 2019 Lexus UX 250h F Sport AWD had a MSRP of $36,000. Together with $four,740 in choices, the worth got here to $40,740. Our 2019 Lexus UX 200 had a MSRP of $34,000; adding-in $6,750 in choices, the worth was $40,750. Pricing excludes the $1,095 supply payment.
The 2019 Lexus UX 250h comes with these warranties:
- Primary 4 years/50,000 miles
- Powertrain Six years/70,000 miles
- Hybrid Eight years/100,000 miles
- Upkeep One yr/10,000 miles
- Corrosion Six years/Limitless Miles
- Roadside 4 years/Limitless miles
The UX 200 has the identical guarantee, however with out the hybrid protection.
Observations: 2019 Lexus UX 250h Hybrid F Sport AWD and the 2019 Lexus UX 200 FWD
The 2019 Lexus UX, provided with two energy crops and in entrance and all-wheel drive, fills a niche within the Lexus crossover/SUV line-up. It’s small, with aggressive styling, making it stand out from the opposite crossovers on the street. The UX will be the least costly Lexus you should purchase, however this doesn’t imply there was any scrimping on construct high quality and supplies. The inside is a most welcoming place providing consolation, type and all of the tech you might need.
The UX shares a platform with the Toyota CH-R, which Clear Fleet Report reviewed final yr. However aside from some underpinnings, the Lexus UX is a considerably totally different, as the extent of luxurious within the UX is spectacular for a small crossover.
When visiting your Lexus supplier, take the time to drive each the gasoline and hybrid variations. Lexus has priced the 2 aggressively, so the hybrid ought to be a robust consideration. Ask to talk with a Lexus factory-trained specialist that may clarify the hybrid know-how intimately.
No matter you find yourself shopping for, Pleased Driving!
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