The babyish of the Lexus SUV / crossover family, the UX is not alone the aboriginal such alms from Toyota’s affluence brand, it is additionally the newest as 2019 marks its aboriginal archetypal year.
Built on the TNGA-C (Toyota New Global Architecture-C) belvedere aggregate with the Toyota C-HR, Corolla and Prius, the UX (which stands for burghal explorer) was aboriginal appear at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2018 and went on auction this accomplished spring. It’s accessible in Canada in two basal offerings: gas and gas hybrid.
The focus of this analysis is the gas model, the UX 200, which is accessible in front-wheel drive only. Ability is sourced from a 2.0-litre artlessly aspirated inline 4-cylinder agent that produces 169 application at 6,600 rpm and 151 lb-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm. The alone chiral on action is a direct-shift continuously capricious chiral (CVT). By comparison, the amalgam UX 250 h produces 181 hp and comes able with accepted all-wheel drive.
It’s still early, but so far Canadians assume to be abating to this little Lexus crossover. Through June 30, 1,619 copies of the UX accept been sold, which places it third abaft the RX and NX on the Lexus sales blueprint in Canada. Absorbing for a agent that’s alone been on auction for a few months and added underlines how a architect can’t accept too abounding SUVs in its calendar in 2019.
At any rate, my tester is accomplished in Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0 ($650 option) and comes able with Lexus’ F Action Series 1 amalgamation ($2,300) which adds a accumulation of added agreeable and corrective upgrades. Among the account included are a 3-spoke F Action council wheel, F Action 18-inch admixture wheels, NuLuxe F Action acrimonious advanced seats and F Action advanced grille.
In the looks department, the auto UX bears a able affinity to added associates of the Lexus SUV family, decidedly the NX and RX. Like its beyond siblings, the UX’s administration leans into Lexus administration hallmarks, with arresting creases advance over its surfaces, conspicuously in the beltline and on the hood. The arbor grille is additionally actual abundant in befitting with the brand, although it looks a bit too big on the UX.
Inside, the UX is actual abundant abreast Lexus. The arduous aggregate of F Action accessory makes for a added adequate and adequate environment, but in abject form, the UX still comes with a lot of stuff, such as a leather-wrapped council wheel, dual-zone altitude ascendancy with dust and pollen filter, acrimonious and aerial advanced seats and advance button starter. In agreement of autogenous space, the UX feels analytic ample for a baby SUV. Considering its baby size, the UX’s 614 litres of burden amplitude is impressive.
On the road, the UX 200 acquits itself able-bodied for a auto SUV that doesn’t avowal a abundant accord of power. Acceleration is adequate in accustomed approach but toggling the drive approach selector to action sharpens burke acknowledgment decidedly and makes the UX 200 a abundant added agreeable agent to drive. The CVT has a chiral approach and steering-wheel army paddle shifters for those adulatory to ‘shift’ their own gears. But aerial achievement absolutely isn’t the UX’s bag. It feels abundant added at home as a quiet, adequate and composed circadian driver.
Of note, the 10.3 L / 100 km ammunition abridgement boilerplate I acquaint in alloyed active was absolutely black although, as accepted acumen says apropos ammunition economy, your breadth may vary. My poor acknowledgment is account pointing out, however, accustomed the UX 200 is a baby agent and doesn’t accompany a abundant accord of achievement to the table.