I can only speak for Europe. Here it received rather disastrous reviews, with some of the reviews even speaking falsehoods about the car. One instance was so grievous that I called them out on facebook (A Danish rag complained about poor fuel economy while referring to the lifetime average).How was the CT reviewed when it came out? TBH this is a product for which reviews doesn't matter at all. People know what they sign up for when they buy an entry-level 'premium' car.
irishtimesWhile the Lexus UX is based on the same platform as the Toyota C-HR, it’s a very different ride that’s been given the full Lexus treatment. The UX has a rosy future — there’s quality throughout, and the intriguing hybrid powertrain delivers both perky performance and excellent fuel economy.
KBBThere are fully-electric alternatives on the way from Jaguar and Volvo, but punitive pricing rules them out for most buyers. The UX offers a flavour of electric motoring at a price point in line with petrol and diesel rivals. That’s the lure. The high-end finish and the driving pleasure are what will get potential buyers to sign on the dotted line.
cnetWorthy of the Lexus badge; on sale by year-end
Lexus took a little longer than others to make a subcompact luxury SUV, but the UX proves to be a worthy addition to the Japanese automaker’s stable. We suspect it will find a ready audience. As a de facto replacement for the luxury automaker’s formerly least-expensive car, the Lexus CT 200h that went out of production last year, the UX brings more of what today’s buyer’s want: the higher seating position and practicality of an SUV, available all-wheel drive, the latest safety systems, and technology like standard Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa integration.
We enjoyed our first sample of these pre-production versions of the Lexus UX.
independent.ieOn the other hand, the UX arguably offers a better value-for-money equation than its rivals, with all the technology and style some customers are looking for in what may be their first luxury car. For that reason, it's bound to be a hit with shoppers. These types of vehicles are the hottest thing going -- crossovers and SUVs already account for 69 percent of Lexus sales -- and the 2019 UX is the ideal vehicle to capitalize on that craze.
I happen to think that materials throughout the cabin are probably the best I've come across at this level - even down low the plastics are of decent quality. As rivals include Audi Q2/3, Mercedes GLA, BMW X1, Volvo XC40, that is saying something.
carThe UX is firmly part of a newer generation of Lexus cars that really do go around corners well and ride better than their predecessors. With a seating position lower than other SUVs, the UX is more car-like to maneuver, and combined with lightweight aluminum and composite panels, Lexus claims the UX has the lowest center of gravity in its class. Either way, there is a surprising agility on twisty roads, improved further by Active Cornering Assist, which monitors the trajectory through curves and applies the appropriate braking on the inside wheels to suppress understeer.
drive auThere’s no doubting that if you’re in the front, at least, the Lexus UX is a cocooningly pleasurable place in which to spend time. It soothes with its comfort, quietness and air of refinement, particularly if you stick with the standard 17-inch wheels and go for a Luxury specification model.
citizen co zaIt's too soon to make that judgment. We'll wait until we know the full details of the car and drive it on Australian roads, but the early signs are positive. Lexus has hit the target of creating a stylish and sophisticated baby SUV that will appeal to young urban professionals as well as baby boomers.
EdmundsI really feel that the UX has everything going for it – looks, quality, technology, value for money versus standard specs.
All of which should make it Lexus’ number one seller in South Africa.
top gearWe say the 2019 Lexus UX is a success, especially the hybrid. With snappier performance, improved fuel economy and optional all-wheel drive, it's our choice, even with the $2,000 hybrid price premium. Can the new UX satisfy a new group of buyers gingerly easing their way into luxury car ownership? We think so.
whichcar auThe UX may not handle better than a BMW X1 or look as smart as a Jaguar E-Pace, but for urban-focused drivers seeking low-tax alternatives to conventionally powered cars who don’t want to pay for a PHEV or EV (and their current compromises), this capable hybrid is a compelling choice.
autocar ukThe UX might be slotting in close to the bottom of Lexus’ model hierarchy, but first impressions indicate that it’s one of the company’s most well-resolved cars – and easily its most fit-for-purpose SUV. Positioned to snare younger buyers to the brand commonly associated with retiree-age customers, the UX is stacked high with technology and mod-cons and thus holds plenty of appeal for a less wrinkly generation. The most pleasant surprise, though, is that it’s genuinely good fun to drive. This is one to look out for.
automobile magThere could well be a very fine four-star car in the UX, but until we know for sure that production car cabins do not rattle and squeak the way the launch cars’ cockpits did and that it is priced keenly against its very capable rivals, the UX earns a solid 3.5 stars.
Rest assured it is worthy of your consideration at the very least. If we handed out star ratings based on individuality alone, this quirky-looking Lexus would surely be deserving of the full five.
AMS DEQuick it isn’t; pulse-quickening it isn’t; and practical it may not be, but at the end of a day of driving I was surprised by how much I ended up liking the little Lexus UX. It helps that this is the first new Lexus with styling that I really get, and I’m impressed by how the designers have executed the idea of Lexus-style luxury in a small, efficient package.
The Lexus UX 250h fits conceptually well to Europe, which should also be the main market. The performance is quite sufficient in itself, but inferior to the power burners of the premium competition, however. For the UX is extremely economical and probably threatened in the distant future of any driving ban. Processing and equipment levels of the pre-production test vehicles were at top level.
Interesting perspective. A Kaizen Factor article I wrote on March 2016 touches upon Lexus' retreat from Denmark. I was under the impression that it was mostly the country's onerous taxation, even on fuel-sipping hybrids such as CT, that led to Lexus' departure.... (A Danish rag complained about poor fuel economy while referring to the lifetime average).
The poor reception has consequences. Lexus withdrew from the Danish market the following year...
They make decisions based on sales not media... Lexus withdrew from quite few countries then but it is also now opening again in many of those.
Now you've piqued my curiosity. The withdrawal from Denmark was probably the only one I was familiar with (maybe Egypt as well?). Do you have specific examples of other countries Lexus has withdrawn from? Or withdrawn only to return later?They make decisions based on sales not media... Lexus withdrew from quite few countries then but it is also now opening again in many of those.
Croatia and Bosnia, to return to Croatia this year. They also started Turkey recentlyNow you've piqued my curiosity. The withdrawal from Denmark was probably the only one I was familiar with (maybe Egypt as well?). Do you have specific examples of other countries Lexus has withdrawn from? Or withdrawn only to return later?
i do expect them to return to go everywhere in Europe again, with new UX and NX, and especially whenever new CT is introduced, they will have many vehicles to sell around $40k that is the most of EU market.
https://autoweek.com/article/car-reviews/2019-lexus-ux-first-drive-yet-another-sliceBoot the (UX 250 F Sport's) throttle and you're met with adequate acceleration. No concerns of a strained neck here, but also no problem to weave through traffic or keep a spirited pace on your favorite winding road. More importantly, the engine revs both briskly and smoothly, on the refined side of the inline-four coarseness spectrum. Then there’s the sound the engine makes. Or, I should say the stereo because the F Sport uses it to add extra growl to the exhaust note in all throttle applications in the sport drive mode and even more so in sport-plus. The sound isn’t bad, but it’s also not bad in normal and eco when the stereo plays no role.
Hopping in a UX200 without the F Sport extras, it is immediately apparent the two powertrains are quite similar in performance. It was warm and dry on the test drive, so lacking all-wheel drive was a nonissue. You notice there’s a tad less torque in low engine revs, but otherwise the 200 moves as well as the hybrid. And this latest generation of CVT reacts better than before -- no long delays between more gas and more go. Non-F Sport UX’s do lean a bit more while cornering, but the difference is small and would only become worrisome if you plan to autocross it, which I think/hope not many folks would.
While cruising, the cabin is an easy place to carry on a conversation, but the UX does allow some wind and road noise to come through that doesn’t interrupt speech, but does distract. It’s quiet, but not as isolated as an Audi or Mercedes. That said, the seats are comfortable and supportive, all the switch gear is within easy reach and there’s plenty of cargo room behind the second row seats (21 cubic feet in the 200, 17 in the 250h)...
The German competitors do generally offer more engaging driving dynamics, especially the X1.