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Lexus UX Electric

(2020 – present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

65
%
B

Used car score:

64
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

49
%
E

Safety Rating:

74
%
B

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

69
%
B

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

65
%
B

Used car score:

64
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

49
%
E

Safety Rating:

74
%
B

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

69
%
B

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.

The Lexus UX Electric is a point behind the regular UX Hybrid in our Expert Rating Index, obtaining a New Car Expert Rating of B with a score of 65% as of January 2024.

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 £47,495 on-road

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 score: 5 stars
Date tested: May 2019
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 96%
Child protection: 85%
Vulnerable road users: 82%
Safety assist: 77%

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

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2021
Read the full Green NCAP review

Clean Air Index: 10 / 10
Energy Efficiency Index: 9.7 / 10
Greenhouse Gas Index: 10 / 10

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.”

Reliability rating

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No reliability rating

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

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the UX Electric, 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

Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models276 milesB190 – 280 milesB – B
Electrical efficiencyAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models3.7 m/KWhD3.5 – 3.8 m/KWhC – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models38C38 – 38C – C
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£208B
Year 2£489A
Year 3£799A
Year 4£965A
Year 5£1,257A
Overall£3,718A

The Lexus EX Electric will be a relatively affordable car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Electrical efficiency (the EV equivalent of miles per gallon for a petrol or diesel car) isn’t great, but official battery range is still reasonable. Insurance is likely to be more expensive than for the hybrid Lexus UX, but servicing and maintenance are likely to be significantly cheaper.

Security rating

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Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

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.

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Lexus UX Electric, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Citroën ë-C4 | DS 3 Crossback E-Tense | Hyundai Kona Electric | Kia e-Niro | Kia Soul EV | Lexus UX Hybrid | Mazda MX-30 | MG ZS EV | Mini Electric | Peugeot e-2008 | Polestar 2 | Vauxhall Mokka-e | Volvo XC40 Recharge


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