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Lexus UX review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

The boot is too small and the space inside the cabin is merely adequate

The Lexus UX doesn’t present an entirely convincing case as a serious family car. There’s an overriding sense that the car was designed with front seat passengers in mind – it feels more like a raised hatchback than a high-riding SUV. This will appeal to some, while others might prefer something with a little more versatility.

Size

At 4,495mm in length, 1,840mm wide (without mirrors), and up to 1,540mm tall, the UX is slightly longer and taller than the BMW X2, and a touch narrower. It’s also longer than the Volvo XC40 (4,425mm).

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But, crucially, the XC40 is also wider (1,910mm) and taller (1,658mm), which creates a larger cabin and a bigger boot. You tend to sit down in the UX, rather than climb up as you do in other SUVs.

Leg room, head room & passenger space

Having said all of the above, the amount of space isn’t too bad, especially given the styling. The driver and front seat passenger get the best deal, with ample headroom and a pleasant feeling of being cocooned behind the wraparound dashboard.

In the back, headroom and legroom would be best described as adequate, with the low-set seats managing to offset the effects of the sloping roofline. Passengers might want to avoid the middle seat, mind, as it sits higher than the outer rear seats and space for feet and knees is compromised by the centre console.

It just never feels as spacious and airy as a more conventionally-styled SUV, with the narrow rear windows servicing to create a claustrophobic feel.

Boot

Lexus hasn’t confirmed the official figures for the UX’s luggage capacity, and this, if you’ll excuse the pun, speaks volumes, because the boot looks alarmingly small. We wouldn’t be surprised to discover that it’s a little smaller than the 375-litre boot in the Ford Focus.

The rear bench splits 60:40 to provide additional luggage space if you aren’t ferrying rear passengers, but the steeply raked rear window will limit the carrying potential of the UX. Even the coupe-styled BMW X2 is more practical, offering 470 litres of boot capacity.

Towing

The Lexus UX has a braked and unbraked towing capacity of 750kg, which is only slightly more than a Ford Fiesta and less than some versions of the Vauxhall Corsa. Fine for transporting garden rubbish to the tip, but this isn’t an SUV for towing a caravan or boat.

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