Lexus UX review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The UX's 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 you sit down into rather than a high-riding SUV that you have to climb up into. This will appeal to some, while others might prefer something with a little more versatility.
At 4,495mm in length, 2,080mm wide with mirrors (but 1,840mm without them) and up to 1,540mm tall, the UX is slightly longer and taller than the BMW X2 but a touch narrower.
Compared to a Volvo XC40, the UX is narrower and shorter, but also longer. Volvo’s compact SUV measures in at 4,425mm long, 2,034mm wide including mirrors (1,910mm excluding them) and 1,658mm tall. The XC40 is also taller (1,658mm) which helps create a larger cabin and bigger boot.
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.
Car group tests
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.
All-wheel-drive models have the smallest boot – rated at 401 litres with the rear seats up and 1,194 with them down. Front-wheel-drive hybrid models promise 438 litres with all seats up and 1,231 litres with the rearmost ones folded.
Surprisingly, it is fully-electric UX models that have the largest boot with all seats in place – claimed to be able to swallow 486 litres of cargo. Lexus does not quote a boot size for 300 e models with their rear seats folded, despite a 60:40 folding rear bench being included.
In general, these figures lag behind cars such as the Ford Focus – which is rated at 443 litres with all seats in place and 1,320 litres with the rears folded. Also, the steeply raked rear window will limit the carrying potential of the UX. The BMW X2 is also more practical, offering 470 litres of boot capacity.
Hybrid Lexus UX models have 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. As for 300 e variants, they are not rated to tow anything, which is a fairly common electric car trait.
In this review
- 1Lexus UX reviewThe Lexus UX hybrid is good to drive, economical and should be easy to live with, too
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe UX offers quite un-Lexus-like levels of driver engagement, with tight body control and a punchy powertrain
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsOfficial figures suggest that the UX will be a cheap car to run, irrespective of fuel type
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Lexus UX boasts a highly individual and quality-rich interior, although the infotainment set-up isn't the best
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThe UX's boot is too small and the space inside the cabin is merely adequate
- 6Reliability and SafetySafety and reliability come as standard with Lexus – you can buy a UX with confidence