2024 Lexus UX 250h Luxury + EP2 (car review)

Small SUV’s come with the preconception of utilitarianism at times. The hatchback of today, they’re designed to transport people and cargo in relative comfort. But it isn’t always the case, and nor does it have to be.

There are several options that allow the benefits of a smaller overall size for nimbleness and ease around town, along with the luxuries one would expect from a larger class of vehicle. Among them, is the 2024 Lexus UX 250h Luxury.

The starting point for the hybrid range, sitting above the petrol UX 200, the 250h has undergone a mid-life update that provides it with a range of notable enhancements (but more on that in a moment).

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Our example was finished in Graphite Black, one of 10 shades to choose from. The dark metallic hue against the black wheels and dark grey plastic flares on the wheel arches come together to cast an understated but appealing aesthetic.

Familiar Lexus design elements present in the spindle grille up front, flanked by triangular LED headlights stacked atop LED driving lights, the latter an inclusion that comes with Enhancement Pack 2 (which was fitted to our test vehicle).

2024 Lexus UX 250h Luxury
2024 Lexus UX 250h Luxury

Four doors down the sides rounds out with an electric hatch, which is probably a good place to start on interior accommodations. The boot space is accessible via a kick sensor as part of said add-on package, but is compromised by the hybrid system taking away some depth.

At 386-litres, it’s small for its class, but we were able to fit a fair bit in there with careful stacking. A subwoofer on the left hand side wall is part of a 10-speaker sound system which adds digital radio added as part of the update. The outputs are quite impressive.

Rear seating is easily accessed through a wider aperture than imagined. Once inside though, it’s evident that adults would struggle during anything other than a trip to the shops. We expected a little more room given it’s essentially based on a Corolla platform.

Nonetheless it’s a pleasant space once the vertical challenge is dealt with. A centre armrest with cup holders, along with dedicated air conditioning vents and two charging ports round things out. Front row passengers enjoy very nice for class electrically adjustable seats.

The driver is presented with a familiar looking steering wheel, which is well sized and enjoyable in hand, with the prerequisite button ware for audio controls. A glimpse around the cabin reveals a black headliner which adds a moody touch.

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Inside the 2024 Lexus UX 250h Luxury

Unfortunately the dash, centre console and surrounds were all variations of dark grey, with some scratchy hard plastics. It lets down the otherwise elegant cabin, but there is an option for a lighter colour trim, which we think will help.

One of the biggest interior changes are the system interfaces. Gone is the joypad in the centre console and further up is a much larger touchscreen, measuring in at 12.3-inches. It’s angled further toward the driver.

That’s something we can’t quite understand the need for given overall cabin size, but it was very easy to use, nonetheless. In typical Lexus fashion, the operating system is responsive, and houses wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto.

Instrumentation was displayed on an LED screen and is complemented by a range of buttons across the dash to drive the most important functions. On the road, the 250h features the brand’s tried and tested hybrid platform.

While it can be had in an electric configuration in the UX 300e, the hybrid combines a 2.0-litre 107kW/188Nm petrol engine with an 80kW/202Nm electric motor to provide a total power output of 131kW.

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Inside the 2024 Lexus UX 250h Luxury

The powertrain is coupled to a CVT gearbox that drives the front wheels, although all wheel drive options, and larger engines are available in the range. That said, we were never left for wanting more urge in the UX 250h.

It’s not designed to be fast, although Lexus claim it can sprint to 100km/h in 8.5 seconds. When driven as intended, it’s quiet and tractable, even with the aforementioned transmission, a pet hate of this writer.

As expected, it was also very frugal, recording an average of 4.8-litres/100km during predominantly city-based driving. This is against a claimed figure of 4.5-litres/100km, in a car that’s slanted towards comfort.

Soft suspension settings and chunky 215/60/17 rubber soak up bumps on typically poor Sydney roads with confidence, although it does tend to let in a little road noise. Lexus’ Safety System+ furnishes the UX with a long list of protective inclusions.

You’ll find eight airbags, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring. We were thankful to have the same excellent cruise control system we recently enjoyed in the LS 500 too.

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Inside the 2024 Lexus UX 250h Luxury

With its refined lane keep assist, and throttle control when approaching corners or when overtaking, it’s a welcome trickle down of technology from flagship to more basic models. It’s another nice touch that makes the 2024 UX 250h unmistakably Lexus.

If you’re after a car with a small footprint both physically and in fuel consumption, but with a sprinkle of luxury, the UX 250h is worth checking out. You can find out more by visiting the Lexus Australia website (see note below), or by talking to your local dealership.

Priced at $54,320 plus on-roads it’s backed by a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty. It’s worth nothing that the UX 250h is in the process of being superseded by the 300h, with the Lexus Australia website already reflecting this change.

The new variant gains additional safety features, wireless Android Auto, and some new technology. It also grabs more power, with an 11kW increase over the vehicle tested here. The UX 300h is due to arrive in the second half of this year.

Our test vehicle was provided by Lexus Australia for review purposes.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Driving experience
7
Exterior styling
7
Interior look and feel
7
Technology and connectivity
8
Family friendliness
7
Value for money
8

SUMMARY

Pros - well appointed; excellent fuel economy; comfortable ride.
Cons - interior is a little bland; scratchy plastics; not as insulated as we expected.
Kalen Ziflian
Kalen Ziflian
A lifelong motoring enthusiast, Kalen has a passion for anything with wheels and a motor. His passion lies in collectible Japanese performance vehicles but he’s been known to enjoy off-roading touring and camping across Australia.

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<strong>Pros -</strong> well appointed; excellent fuel economy; comfortable ride.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> interior is a little bland; scratchy plastics; not as insulated as we expected.2024 Lexus UX 250h Luxury + EP2 (car review)