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Lexus NX

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The Lexus NX is a medium-sized premium SUV/crossover, which sits between the smaller UX and larger RX in the Lexus SUV range. It first arrived in the UK in late 2014 and benefited from a mid-life update in late 2018. Originally in petrol or petrol-electric hybrid form, for the last couple of years it’s been a hybrid-only model.

The NX has received mixed reviews from the UK motoring media, with scores ranging from below average to very good. However, the premium mid-sized SUV market is full of very talented rivals, and the NX’s Expert Rating of 56% (as of August 2021) puts it in the bottom half of the class.

The Lexus NX has received particular praise for its build quality and interior fitout, which are considered to be as good as any rivals in this segment. However, the NX has been criticised for lifeless driving dynamics, a poor infotainment system and a harsh ride compared to the leading cars in this segment.

In a 2020 What Car? survey of the 50 most reliable cars in the UK up to eight years old, the Lexus NX ranked an outstanding 5th place.

An all-new Lexus NX was revealed in June 2021 and is expected to arrive in the UK by the end of the year.

Key specifications

Body style: Medium SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol-electric hybrid
Price: From £36,300 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2014
Last updated: Winter 2018/19
Replacement due: Late 2021

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MEDIA REVIEWS

Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

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SAFETY RATING

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2014

82%

ADULT OCCUPANT

82%

CHILD OCCUPANT

69%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

71%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco Rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

The Lexus NX has not yet been lab test by Green NCAP. Check back soon.

Security Rating

Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

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Rating: Superior | Good | Basic | Poor | Unacceptable
Relay Attack: Fail

Date: 2019

Awards

Trophies, prizes and awards that the Lexus NX has received

2020

  • Auto Trader Awards – Best Hybrid Car

2018

  • Auto Express Driver Power Survey – Best premium mid-size SUV + Best model for reliability and build quality

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