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Lexus NX review

2021 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 54.5
” New Lexus SUV is a huge upgrade over its predecessor “

At a glance

Price new £44,190 - £65,640
Used prices £28,495 - £62,941
Road tax cost £590
Insurance group 31 - 41
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Fuel economy 41.5 - 49.5 mpg
Miles per pound 6.1 - 7.3
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Available fuel types


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Pros & cons

  • Comfortable and refined
  • Good electric range
  • New infotainment long overdue
  • Not exactly exciting
  • Only average practicality
  • Steering wheel controls confusing

Written by Murray Scullion Published: 3 March 2022 Updated: 24 March 2023


The Lexus NX is the premium left-of-centre medium-sized SUV for those who consider reliability to be a direct synonym for quality. Like every vehicle in the firm’s model lineup, it’s hybrid powered for the maximum efficiency.

It’s Lexus’ answer to the likes of the BMW X3Range Rover EvoqueAudi Q5 and Volvo XC60 and we can certainly say it looks promising on paper.

There’s no diesel on offer, but it is available as a hybrid (self-charging hybrid in Lexus speak) or a plug-in hybrid – Lexus’ first – and all models debut the brand’s new interior design, complete with shiny new infotainment.

Lexus says 95% of the car is new compared with its predecessor, but the styling hasn’t changed much in the process. It’s still a striking-looking thing, with a front end dominated by the brand’s signature ‘Spindle’ grille, while the sides and rear feature interesting surfacing. A full-width taillight dominates the tailgate.

We can absolutely say that it is a big improvement over the car it replaces – it’s better to drive, has higher-tech, but retains Lexus hallmarks like comfort and reliability, backed up by up to 10 years of warranty cover. But is it as good as the competition?

Over the next few pages we’ll be thoroughly reviewing the Lexus NX before rating it in our verdict. Our scores will take into account the driving experience, the quality of the interior, the practicality on offer and what it’ll cost to run.