With the new Lexus UX gaining traction here in the UK it’s important to remind ourselves just how good this all new hybrid is, especially as Lexus offer an almost unique amalgamation of technology and style unmatched by others in the market.
Now then seems the perfect time to celebrate the Lexus UX compact SUV achieving the top five-star rating through independent testing by Euro NCAP. The results place it firmly among the safest cars of its kind for driver and passenger protection, with a 96 per cent score for its effectiveness in safeguarding adults and 85 per cent for children. The UX also gained the highest ratings for pedestrian and cyclist protection of any car yet tested under Euro NCAP’s tougher 2019 criteria, with its automated emergency braking helping it secure an 82 per cent rating for vulnerable road user protection.
This is no real surprise to MotorMartin as the new UX is equipped as standard with the latest version of Lexus Safety System+, a system which incorporates a number of new and improved active safety features that can help reduce the severity of an unavoidable impact.
And that’s not all as the UX also includes Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Trace Assist, features that provide a degree of automated driving support, which combine to reduce the burden on the driver, while keeping them in ultimate control of the vehicle. Lexus Safety System+ also provides the driver with Road Sign Assist, Lane Keep Assist and Automatic High Beam helping to create a comfortable and relaxing environment for all.
As well as the impressive suite of safety features there’s also the efficiency of Lexus’s self-charging hybrid technology to consider and how it proves itself in real-world conditions. In fact, data drawn from Lexus’s pre-launch programme of UK customer test drives and shared with MotorMartin reveals that on average, 52 per cent of the driving time and 36 per cent of the route distance were spent in all-electric EV mode, with the accompanying benefits of zero emissions and fuel consumption. This demonstrates the genuine benefits to be gained from the vehicle automatically switching to power from the hybrid battery when driving conditions permit.
Official combined cycle figures released by Lexus are from 49.6 to 53.3mpg fuel economy and 94g/km CO2 emissions, for versions with front-wheel drive and 17-inch wheels. Where Lexus E-Four all-wheel drive is specified, the benchmarks are an impressive 46.3 to 48.7mpg and 103g/km (fuel figures WLTP data, emissions NEDC correlated data). Pretty good going in MotorMartin’s opinion.
Lexus have also confirmed that there are further benefits to be had thanks to a 61.7 per cent residual value – the best among it’s natural competitors.
Ewan Shepherd, Director of Lexus in the UK, explained to MotorMartin recently: “The new UX demonstrates how a luxurious and desirable new car can also be a compelling proposition when it comes to ownership costs. It has all the brave design and takumi craftsmanship details that define Lexus today, but can also save customers thousands of pounds compared to its rivals. Once again, our market-leading self-charging hybrid technology delivers multiple real-world benefits.”
The all-new Lexus UX is on sale now, but be quick, it’s selling fast.
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