Test drive: The new Lexus UX300e – Business



On the go: the new Lexux UX300e

Ian Lamming ignites a new relationship with the Lexus UX300e

SO it must be to be hard of hearing when I drive away with absolutely no noise in the new all-electric Lexus UX – it’s scary, but in a good way.

Battery electric vehicles aren’t just coming our way, they’re there and the UX300e is an absolute beauty.

I’ve always loved the Lexus UX-Hybrid for its total lack of bulk, pristine build quality, and super dynamics. Lexus loves doing things differently and the UX is no exception, it feels unique and the all-electric version takes this to a new level.

Gliding silently is nothing new for UX owners, as the hybrid switches to electric cars in the city and when cruising. The petrol engine only starts when it is pressed.

The step further to fully electrics will be easy for all concerns, as there is no combustion engine under the hood to disturb the peace and quiet.

UXe is really extremely smooth and quiet. It’s also very, very fast and the power comes instantly as soon as you breathe on the throttle. The power is also very controllable, in fact it’s more of a rotary knob than a throttle stick.

By selecting “B”, you hardly have to brake, as the car slows down significantly when you let go of the accelerator, the kinetic energy from this delay is additionally regenerated and fed back directly into the battery.

So there is no noise from the engine and no vibrations. That only leaves road and wind noise to ruin the party. No problem with UX, as there is none of it. The super-streamlined modern look also cheats the wind and somehow the engineers managed to filter out all the disturbances from the road. Bump-thump is swallowed whole and there’s next to nothing of the grainy nature of the asphalt, making the cabin an oasis of calm.

Area; Everyone is obsessed with it, and a 100 percent charge on the UX equals 165 miles … or is it? Fountain? Turn off the air conditioning and anything else juice needs, and that number easily jumps to almost 200, which gives UX a decent range.

It will quickly be time to stop worrying about the country’s infrastructure or its lack. If I find a charger, will it work, will it be available, or will there be a long queue. Enough is enough for me I’m about to get a home charger installed. Then the car becomes just another device that needs to be charged at the end of the day, well into the night when tariffs are the lowest, like the phone, MacBook, iPad, camera batteries, so it’s ready for the following day, when I’ll enjoy sailing past gas stations and their ransom prices per liter.

UX300e looks like the hybrid and there is nothing wrong with that. I saw one the other day in black with black wheels and it was even more eye-catching and sporty. It stays modern and distinctive through and through, and you will be proud to see it on the ride.

The inside is like the inside of an obsessed brain and just awesome. Quality is like no other and better than any other, it prevails. The ergonomics are perfect and the line is pleasing to the eye. The mouse pad takes a bit of getting used to, but is fine afterwards. It is so tactile and even offers tonal qualities like the right “thinking” of the door. Love it!

UX benefits from an army of Takumi craftsmen who check every facet in their own relaxation room and adjust it if necessary before the car is allowed out. Demanding or what? Why aren’t all cars made this way – but they’re not.

The construction quality is based on the principles of ‘engawa’, a Japanese architectural concept that seamlessly connects inside and outside, and ‘kansei’ engineering with the aim of creating an emotional bond between the customer and the product. And guess what? It does.

The Lexus UX300e makes you doubt your senses, especially your hearing, but in many ways it elevates your others – it’s scary, but in such a good way.

Fact file

Lexus UX300e

Motor: Two electric motors

Power: 204 hp combined

Top speed: 99 mph

0-100 km / h: 7.5 seconds

Transmission: CVT automatic

Range: 195

CO2 g / km: 0

Price: from £ 51,345.00



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