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Lexus UX Electric

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Summary


The Lexus UX Electric (UX 300e) is a battery-powered electric version of the estabished Lexus UX 250h Hybrid. It is the first fully-electric model from Lexus, launching in 2020 and arriving in the UK in early 2021.

Initial reviews have scored the Lexus UX Electric several points behind the regular UX Hybrid versions, the UX Electric obtaining an Expert Rating of 55% compared to the UX Hybrid’s score of 62% as of March 2022.

The Lexus UX 300e has received mostly average scores to date from the European launch. Reviewers have praised its urban driving dynamics, which is where its electric powertrain is best suited, but have criticised its poor infotainment system and cramped interior dimensions. Its driving range is also less than several significantly cheaper alternatives.

Lexus UX Electric highlights

  • Leisurely driving experience
  • Great build quality
  • Powerful performance
  • Comfortable interior trim

Lexus UX Electric lowlights

  • Cramped rear seats and boot
  • Shorter battery range than rivals
  • Confusing infotainment
  • Top trims get expensive
  • Slow battery charging

Key specifications


Body style: Compact SUV/crossover
Power unit: single electric motor with battery
Price: From £40,900 on-road*
*includes £3,000 government plug-in car grant

Launched: Autumn 2020
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: May 2019

96%

ADULT OCCUPANT

85%

CHILD OCCUPANT

82%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

77%

SAFETY ASSIST

The Lexus UX Electric shares its Euro NCAP safety rating with the UX Hybrid range, which was rated five stars in 2019.

A shared rating is not automatic for electric versions of conventional vehicles because the electric motor and battery layout can lead to very different crash test results. In this case, Euro NCAP confirmed in early 2021 that the UX 300e shares the UX Hybrid’s 2019 rating rather than conducting separate crash tests based on newer protocols.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: Electric 4×2 Automatic
Date tested: November 2021

10 / 10

CLEAN AIR INDEX

9.7 / 10

ENERGY EFFICIENCY INDEX

10 / 10

GREENHOUSE GAS INDEX

The Lexus UX Electric was reviewed by emissions testers Green NCAP in their last batch of 2021 tests, achieving a full five-star rating.

Green NCAP concluded, “A higher driving range would improve the vehicle’s functionality and user experience, but for those wishing to minimize their environmental impact, the Lexus 300e offers an excellent choice.”

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

Although the Lexus UX Electric hasn’t specifically been tested by Thatcham, the regular Lexus UX Hybrid received a Poor rating because it failed a relay attack test, which measures the security of a car’s keyless entry and/or keyless start system. This means the car is susceptible to thieves intercepting its keyless signal and using it to steal the car.

As the UX Electic uses the same key technology as its hybrid sister, it will have the same weakness.

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Lexus UX ElectricThe Lexus UX Electric has received mostly average scores to date, with praise for its urban driving dynamics but criticism for its poor range.