JUST like a box of assortment chocolates, the 2019 Lexus NX 300 Luxury has a little something for everyone. With unique striking looks, the mid-sized SUV is packed full of features and delivers a comfortable ride for driver and passengers alike.
That features list is long, both inside and out, and includes signature L-shaped tail lights, Bi-LED headlights, separate arrow-head daytime running lamps, cornering fog lights, and illuminated door handles.
On the inside, there’s a 10.3-inch multimedia and navigation screen, driven by the Lexus remote touch-pad, a 10-speaker audio system, Lexus Enform, power tailgate, and clearance and reversing sensors.
The NX 300 Luxury also scores adaptive variable suspension, four drive modes (including Normal, Eco, Sport S and Sport S+), a pre-loaded differential, 18-inch luxury alloys, and of course, the Lexus spindle grille.
Everything about the 2019 Lexus NX 300 Luxury is easy. Open the door with the keys still in your pocket, slide into the NuLux driver’s seat, wrap your hands around the leather accented steering wheel, put your foot on the brake and activate the push-button ignition.
Whether it’s a short journey or a long road-trip, the NX is quintessential Lexus, and makes you feel like you’ve made it at life. Its sculpted, aggressive body lines are a treat for the eyes, and it oozes prestige, comfort, class and sophistication.
Powered by the same 2.0-litre 4-cylinder twin-cam 16-valve turbocharged engine its sported since its inception in 2014, the NX 300 offers 175kW power and 350Nm torque, and is matched to a smooth 6-speed automatic transmission.
Fuel economy on the compact crossover is pretty good too, with a claimed 7.7-litres/100km. We managed 7.9-litres/100km, which is a pleasant and realistic change to a big hulking V8 optioned sports car or performance vehicle.
If the numbers still don’t tickle your fancy, there is an NX hybrid option, the NX 300h, which is powered by a 2.5-litre petrol engine, and has a claimed fuel economy of 5.6-litres/100km.
The NX has a braked towing capacity of 1000kg, and while our test vehicle was front-wheel drive, there are also optional all-wheel drive variants. And while we’re talking the model we had on trial, it came with Enhancement Pack 1, which adds a moon roof.
The down side to the NX 300 is its age. Lexus continues to pretty up its ageing beauty queen, but the company is in a model transition cycle, which means new versions are on their way across almost the entire range.
What that will mean for the NX is as yet unknown. That’s not to say it isn’t a quality offering, as it is very much a comfortable vehicle, with minimal cabin noise, plenty of buttons to play with, and excellent seating all round.
Rear leg room can be an issue if front row passengers are tall and have another giant sitting behind them though. That said, driver positioning is excellent and vision can only be faulted by the rear window sizing.
The 2019 Lexus NX 300 features a generous 500 litre boot space, and with the rear seats folded that number increases to 1,545 litres. It’s only other real negatives are fiddly nature of the touch pad to drive the infotainment system, and mirroring.
Yes, you guessed it, there is no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, although we believe the 2020 model of the compact SUV will score both as part of a system upgrade. In a perfect world the optional moon roof would also be a standard feature.
The interior is available in a variety of shades, which is quite unique in this space, and includes White on White, Dark Rose, Ochre, Black and Alabaster, Rich Cream, or Black Nulux and Silver Film (our test vehicle).
Combine those with the right exterior paint scheme and you end up with a smart sleek look both inside and out. Aside from Sonic Quartz (which is one of the nicest pearl white finishes we’ve ever come across), the NX 300 is available in nine other colours.
These include Mercury Grey, Premium Silver, Titanium, Onyx, Graphite Black, Vermillion, Deep Metallic Bronze, and Sparkling Meteor.
Safety wise though, the Lexus kicks some massive goals, with eight airbags and the full Lexus Safety System, which features pre-collision warnings, lane tracing assist, automatic high beam headlights, radar active cruise control, and road sign assist.
It also gets intelligent clearance sonar, parking support brake, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, traction control, vehicle stability control, ABS with EBD, brake assist, hill-start assist, auto-leveling headlamps, and tyre pressure monitoring.
It’s the perfect set of wheels for everyone from soccer mums to weekend adventurers, family taxi drivers, professionals and executives, and in the guise we had it in, the 2019 Lexus NX 300 is priced at $65,196 drive away.
It comes with a 4-year 100,000km warranty and roadside assist for the same period.
Our 2019 Lexus NX 300 was provided by Lexus Australia. To find out more, contact your nearest Lexus dealer. Images courtesy of J_Hui Design/Photography.