2019 Lexus UX 250h

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2019 Lexus UX 250h
2019 Lexus UX 250h

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3 trims

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2019 Lexus UX 250h review: Our expert's take

The seemingly unstoppable march of the utes continues as Lexus becomes the next automaker to round out its lineup of SUVs and crossovers, in this case with the 2019 UX. The Toyota luxury brand calls the UX, debuting at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, the “first-ever” Lexus compact luxury crossover.

The Lexus NX is a bit larger than the new UX; its wheelbase is slightly longer, but overall it is longer by about 5 inches, and that vehicle is already pretty small inside (especially in the backseat). The UX will be offered in two varieties: the gas UX 200 and a hybrid, the UX 250h. Its on-sale date is December 2018.

Exterior

Lexus’ most recent car designs have invoked conflict, with sharp angles and creases running up and down the surfaces of its vehicles. The UX continues this aesthetic: It’s all angles and ridges from the prominent front grille to the dramatic lines that run from the front fender rearward.

The UX also appears to be a mishmash of different styling elements from other Lexus vehicles. It has the grille of an RX, the three-element headlights from the LC coupe, and the NX’s overall shape and aesthetic, with the black-plastic cladding that runs along the bottom of the vehicle.

Lexus will offer an F Sport version of the UX, which will be available on both the gas and hybrid versions of the vehicle. It adds a mesh version of the front spindle grille, an exclusive rear bumper, 18-inch alloy wheels, and jet-black trim on the front and rear moldings. F Sport models also receive interior and performance updates, which we’ll cover later.

Interior

Styling is more distinct on the interior of the UX, which features a dash that is slightly canted in the direction of the driver and a widescreen display perched atop it. Lexus appears to have adopted an “if it’s broke, don’t fix it” approach to its multimedia system, so the touchpad-centric design remains, with the touchpad affixed to the right of the gear shifter.

There are a few different types of leather available, including one upholstery that’s inspired by sashiko, a customary Japanese quilting technique. You can even get the leather grain finish from Lexus LC and LS vehicles in the UX, which is a surprise — those cars are a significant cost increase over where the UX will likely reside.

F Sport models add sport seats, a sport steering wheel, an 8-inch TFT display in the instrument panel and aluminum pedals.

Under the Hood

Though there will be two available UX models, the UX 200 and the UX 250h, both will share the same engine: a 168-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. The hybrid model features a “new-generation” hybrid system that adds a nickel-metal-hydride battery park and an electric motor that bumps up output slightly to 176 hp. Fuel-economy ratings are not yet available for either powertrain.

The UX 200 will be available as front-wheel drive only. Standard all-wheel drive for the hybrid models, meanwhile, adds an additional electric motor to the rear axle, which helps to shift power distribution to the rear wheels in certain situations.

The UX is also notable for being the first Lexus to use the new GA-C (Global Architecture — Compact) platform. Lexus says this platform offers a super-rigid structure and gives the UX the lowest center of gravity in its class, which should help to augment the UX’s performance and dynamics.

F Sport models also offer their own set of performance enhancements, including different springs and stabilizer bars, as well as rear performance dampers. An adaptive variable suspension, which can change the damping force of the suspension on the fly, will be optional.

Safety

The Lexus Safety System Plus will be available on the UX. This suite of safety technologies includes automatic forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, road sign assist and automatic high beams.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

1.3

64 and I've never hated a car until now

It is poorly designed in nearly every way: GPS, phone interface, ridiculously hard to start. The battery has quit twice. I hated the insectoid look, but had liked my previous Lexus CT so I went for it... then started noticing all these regressions. For example: the CT would put itself in park the you turned it off, not this one.

4.0

Cyclists should avoid

This vehicle has no bike rack recommended for it and for those who want a hitch mounted bike rack, you can't find one, it has to be fabricated. Love the car but a sporty car like this should have a bike rack option.

4.9

Very reliable and sporty Lexus

The UX250h is a great car for anyone looking to get a hybrid and still have something a little sporty. I have the 2019 ux250h f sport for about a year now and average mpg ranges from 32 to 37 depending if I drive more in the city or highway. sport mode has enough pick up to merge into traffic or for spirited driving. The seats are sporty and look amazing. The handling on this car is amazing as well as it is very smooth and quiet. I do love all the spec and safety features it comes with, especially the remote services from the phone app. Many competitors will charge an extra 3 to 8 grand for all the additional safety features within this car. The only down side that the car has would be that the trunk is a little small. But other than that the car has amazing handling, great mpg, great apple carplay and enough pick up for a little fun. if the trunk was a bit bigger, it would probably bethe best hybrid suvs out there.

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Warranty

New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
72 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
72 months/70,000 miles
Hybrid electric
96 months/100,000 miles
Maintenance
12 months/10,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance

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