What makes the Lexus UX a great starter luxury crossover?

Updated May 21, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

A Lexus that starts at just Php 2.5 million.

An entry-level vehicle is a critical model as it gives an early idea as to what a car brand can truly offer. Plus, entry-level vehicles are generally the most sold units in a given lineup, so these should give a good impression to most car buyers for the brand to strive in the automotive market.

Lexus UX front view

The Lexus UX subcompact crossover

Lexus Philippines is confident that its entry-level model, the UX, is a great starter luxury crossover, especially for young individuals. Derived from Urban + X-over (crossover), this luxurious subcompact crossover is designed with a contemporary and flashy appeal that doesn’t look inexpensive despite being the most affordable Lexus in the country.

“The Lexus UX is designed for the modern urban explorer seeking a fresh, contemporary, and dynamic take on luxury driving.” said Chika Kako, Lexus International Executive Vice President and Chief Engineer of the UX. “We designed the UX to appeal to young buyers who seek not only what is new and exciting, but what is also relevant to their lifestyle.”

Lexus UX side view

The exterior design is striking despite the model's entry-level position 

Upfront, the Lexus UX bears the spindle grille which is a visual trademark on the brand’s models. It creates sharp edges that give a three-dimensional appearance on the front fascia. This is complemented by its Lexus LED L-shaped lightning signature headlights with daytime running lights (DRLs).

The sharp edges on the spindle grille continue to the rear end of the subcompact crossover that depicts a sporty stance. Other exterior details that make the model feel premium include its wing spoiler, aluminum alloy aero ventilating wheels, and blacked-out fenders.

Lexus UX interior view

A purposeful interior layout

Inside, the materials and workmanship are pure Lexus which combine Japanese traditions in making an innovative cabin experience. The flagship F Sport variant gets leather-covered front sports seats to help drivers and front passengers get a feel for a spirited driving experience.

Lexus said that the designers of the UX want to create a feeling of seamless continuity. The top of the instrument panel is level with the model’s hood which adds not only the concept of continuity, but also provides drivers better visibility on the road.

Lexus UX interior view

An ideal choice for young individuals

Entertainment is brought by the base UX 200 variant’s 7-inch Lexus Display Audio. On the other hand, the F Sport variant gets to benefit from a larger 10.3-inch Electro Multi-Vision (EMV) Display. A six-speaker system is standard on the base variant, while the flagship variant gets eight speakers.

Powering the premium subcompact crossover is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder M20A-FKS gasoline engine which can make 168 hp and 205 Nm of torque. Its relatively small engine displacement shouldn’t be a con as it generally translates to better fuel economy. Moreover, the engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) which generally is more fuel-efficient than a conventional gearbox, making it more ideal as a starter luxury crossover.

Lexus UX rear view

Your entry-level model to the premium Japanese car brand

Overall, the Lexus UX comes with more practical features as compared to its larger crossover siblings such as the NX and RX, but still manages to not compromise in bringing a luxurious driving experience one should get from the brand. Lexus Philippines offers the model with a starting price of Php 2,538,000 and goes up to Php 3,128,000 for the F Sport variant.

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Lexus UX

The Lexus UX is a premium subcompact crossover designed to suit the urban lifestyle. Though considered to be the smallest vehicle in the stable of Lexus, this versatile automobile will exceed your expectations. Available locally is the 250h Premier priced at Php 3,058,000, and the 250h F Sport for Php 3,798,000.

Under the hood of the Lexus UX is a 2.0-liter hybrid gasoline engine. At maximum, this four-banger can produce up to 181 horsepower and 188 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to its front wheels via a continously variable transmission.

Size-wise, the current version of the Lexus UX is 4,495mm long, 1,840mm wide, and 1,520mm in height.

Locally, the UX competes against the Mercedes-Benz GLA, Porsche Macan, Audi Q3, Mini Countryman, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, etc.

₱ 3,058,000 - ₱ 3,798,000

Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


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