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Lexus NX

(2022 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

75
%
A

Used car score:

71
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

74
%
B

Safety Rating:

87
%
A

Eco Rating:

79
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

56
%
D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

75
%
A

Used car score:

71
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

74
%
B

Safety Rating:

87
%
A

Eco Rating:

79
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

56
%
D

Summary


The Lexus NX is a mid-sized upmarket SUV positioned between the compact UX and slightly larger RX in the Lexus SUV family.

Now in its second generation, the NX is the first model available as a plug-in hybrid in the Lexus range. The NX line-up consists of the entry-level NX 350h regular hybrid models, which can travel around a mile just using its battery, and the range-topping NX 450h+ plug-in hybrid, which the brand says can cover up to 47 miles on electric power before the petrol engine needs to kick in.

Rivalling other premium SUVs like the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, the Lexus NX has been warmly received by members of the motoring media, What Car? concluding that this latest NX generation is “the best car Lexus has launched for years.”

British reviewers have commended the NX for its comfortable and functional interior, which includes a generous specification of on-board technology as standard, along with a massively improved infotainment sytem. In addition, the battery range and low emissions of the NX 450h+ are particularly highly rated. Lexus is also known for the reliability of its models, and the brand is backing that up by offering the newest NX with a very generous ten-year warranty.

“Regardless of how good it is, however”, explains The Telegraph, “the plug-in hybrid only really makes sense if you finance it through a company – and there are equally good alternatives for a lot less money.” Many outlets agree with this sentiment, as the plug-in hybrid 450h costs over £10,000 more than the entry-level 350h hybrid models.

Carbuyer and Carwow also conclude that the 2.5-litre petrol engine found in all NX models is not very smooth and is loud under acceleration, while Parkers and Top Gear add that the SUV is not very exciting to drive overall, and considering its premium rivals, there is more fun to be found elsewhere.

As of January 2024, the Lexus NX holds a New Car Expert Rating of A with a score of 75%. This score is competitive in the medium SUV class and makes the NX the highest-scoring Lexus in our Expert Rating Index.

NX highlights

  • Comfortable and refined interior
  • Plenty of on-board tech as standard
  • Intuitive infotainment
  • Ten-year warranty
  • Impressive PHEV battery range

NX lowlights

  • PHEV model is expensive
  • So-so performance
  • Noisy petrol engine
  • Comparatively poor towing capacity
  • 14-inch infotainment console is not standard

Key specifications


Body style: Medium SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol-electric hybrid, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £44,430 on-road

Launched: Winter 2021/22
Last updated: N/A
Next update due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Carwow

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Eurekar

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The Sun

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: March 2022
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 83%
Child protection: 87%
Vulnerable road users: 83%
Safety assist: 91%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Lexus NX has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Lexus NX to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively for us using warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the NX, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Hybrid models47 mpgC44 – 50 mpgB – C
Plug-in hybrid models270 mpgA257 – 314 mpgA – A
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Hybrid models138 g/kmB129 – 145 g/kmA – B
Plug-in hybrid models24 g/kmA21 – 25 g/kmA – A
Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
Plug-in hybrid models43 milesD42 – 46 milesD – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models36C31 – 41C – D
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£338C
Year 2£814C
Year 3£1,282C
Year 4£1,477C
Year 5£1,905C
Overall£5,816C

The Lexus NX is pretty middling in costs to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

The plug-in hybrid model looks amazingly cheap in terms of fuel consumption and road tax (CO2 emissions), but this is largely because the EU/UK government lab test are useless at measuring plug-in hybrids. There is no real-world scenario where you will travel 270 miles on one gallon (4.5 litres) and a bit of electricity.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Lexus NX has received

2023

  • Auto Express Awards – Best Mid-Size Premium SUV
  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Large Plug-in Hybrid
  • Company Car & Van Awards – Best Premium Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best Plug-in Hybrid

2022

  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Large Plug-In Hybrid
  • What Car? Awards – Best Plug-in Hybrid
  • What Car? Electric Awards – Best Hybrid Large SUV

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Returning as a plug-in hybrid, the second-generation Lexus NX SUV is a all-rounder with impressive interior quality, but top-spec models have steep pricing.Lexus NX