Parkers overall rating: 3.3 out of 5 3.3
  • The UX’s space is its most disappointing feature
  • Boot is tiny on E-Four models
  • Cabin space adequate, but not great

How much space is there?

Lexus’s engineers wanted the UX to have a coupe-like feel and to a certain degree they’ve been successful in this aim, although not always to the benefit of passengers. You sit low down, bringing the car’s centre of gravity closer to the ground, but because the window line is also quite high, you feel more hemmed-in than behind the wheel of a BMW X2 or Range Rover Evoque, for instance.

The front seats offer plenty of room, even so. But the back seats are cramped, with limited head- and legroom. And while there are three seatbelts in the rear, the middle seat is very narrow and unlikely to be comfortable for anybody for long. The rear door opening is pretty narrow, and Lexus hasn’t managed to fit any door pockets back there, underlining the sense that backseat passengers are something of an after thought.

Boot space and storage

Practicality is also hampered by the boot, which has a high loading lip with a flush floor, leaving only a shallow space between the boot floor and the flimsy luggage cover. On front-wheel drive models there is more storage below this level, but even the maximum 320 litres is pretty pathetic for this class of car, even if the Lexus is also among the smallest of its competitor set.

Where the E-Four all-wheel drive system is fitted, there is no space beneath the floor, resulting in boot capacity of just 283 litres. That’s less than you’ll get in the back of a Vauxhall Corsa. The UX trails behind every rival here, and is most definitely not a good choice if you like to carry lots of luggage.

Even the powered tailgate seems slow.

Is it easy to park?

The UX is small inside because it’s small outside – its exterior dimensions being closer to an Audi Q2 than the Audi Q3 it supposedly competes with, for example. This is good news when it comes to parking and general manoeuvring, as the its compact size makes it easy to handle.

Forward visibility is pretty good, but the rear window is small. Most models get a reversing camera and parking sensors as standard, which helps compensate for this, and Lexus also offers a very nifty 360 degree camera system that allows you to tailor the view it gives of the surrounding environment to suit the particular circumstances.

How safe is the UX?

  • Five-star Euro NCAP rating
  • Standard Lexus Safety System+
  • Plenty of airbags and stability systems

The UX is not short of safety credentials. It got the full five-star rating when tested by Euro NCAP, thanks in part to every model receiving the Lexus Safety System+ package. This includes a host of active driver aids, including autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, radar-guided adaptive cruise control, lane assistance, traffic sign recognition, and headlights with automatic highbeam control.

A sophisticated suite of stability control programs is also fitted as standard, alongside eight airbags. There are Isofix child-seat mounting on the outer rear seats.

Optional features include blindspot monitors with rear cross traffic alert.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Lexus UX SUV.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav

F-Sport equipment

F-Sport standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
F-Sport optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav

Takumi equipment

Takumi standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
Takumi optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Lexus UX SUV was tested by Euro NCAP in 2019 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2019
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 96%
Child Occupant: 85%
Vulnerable Road Users: 82%
Safety Assist: 77%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.