Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The Parkers Verdict: Lexus UXShould you buy a Lexus UX?

If practicality is at the bottom of your list of priorities, the Lexus UX is more than worthy of a place on your shopping list if you want something smooth, relaxing and easy to drive that also has some character. It looks great, the interior is plush, interesting, packed to the roof with equipment and has an excellent driving position. It just feels different and a bit special – especially compared with the competition.

While the sole engine option may limit its appeal, the hybrid drivetrain is refined and relaxing around town – which is also where it’s most efficient. The added bonus is that the UX is really quite fun to drive with agile handling and responsive steering, plus it can get up and go if you need it to without fuss and drama. 

The Toyota C-HR comes with the same powertrain, though, and costs less to buy and has a bigger boot. It's also just as distinctive to look at and be in. If you want something that's a bit more family-friendly, an Audi Q2 or BMW X2 could be worth a look, but you won't find a hybrid option in either of these ranges.