Is The UX 250h A Good Luxury Hybrid CSUV?
I had the keys to this UX 250h for a week. Here are my thoughts.
New to the line-up for Lexus, the UX 250h is now a part of the entry-level luxury CSUVs on the market. We all know Lexus is good at making luxury vehicles, but does this make the cut to be a proper competitor for the manufacturer? That is what most people will wonder. As for everyone else, they want to know if the UX 250h is good in general. So, I am here to tell you what I think of it. Is the UX a good luxury CSUV? Let's find out.
On the outside, the UX 250h resembles the C-HR in length and height, which makes me believe they're the same platform. And that is the only similarity that can be seen between Toyota and Lexus. The styling matches all of the cues of every Lexus on the market with the backend being a bit smooshed together. The edges and curves on the sides are beautiful to follow. The headlights and front fascia make the UX appear to be aggressively relaxed. There is no doubt that the UX 250h is a beauty of a vehicle all around and it fits what someone would think luxury looks like. Relaxed but aggressive at the same time.
As far as interiors go, the UX 250h is given the typical Lexus treatment of leather, plastic, and some metal. The interior is beautifully crafted and designed. My favorite feature is the infotainment controls for the sound system placed right where the driver's hand would rest on the center console. It shows time was taken for everything to be a relaxing and comfortable ride while getting to where one's going. The seats are comfortable and offer great support, but sadly interior space is lacking in the back seats. I can't sit behind myself in the back seats. This means only small children can sit behind me when going places. There is plenty of trunk space for family vacations for a few suitcases. As far as luxury goes, the interior of the UX 250h really hits it on the nail for the occupants in the front.
Pricing and Options
So, how much does this UX 250h cost? After everything added up, the total price comes to $44,450. What does that get a potential owner? Well for safety, the UX 250h comes with 10 airbags, ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, Lexus safety system with 2.0 Pre-Collision, tire pressure monitoring system, pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control, lane tracing assist, lane departure alert with steering assist, back up camera, blind-spot monitoring, rain-sensing wipers, and windshield deicer. As for comfort and convenience, the UX 250h comes with a heads-up display, an infotainment system with Bluetooth capabilities as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, a wireless device charger, auto dual-zone climate control, heated and ventilated front powered seats, heated steering wheel, multiple USB ports, active sound control, sat-nav, powered tilt and telescoping steering wheel, and Amazon Alexa compatibility.
The hybrid system that is connected to the 2.0L 4-cylinder engine creates a total of 181-horsepower under the hood of the UX 250h. It doesn't seem like much and it really isn't. What it did though was allow me to get a fuel economy with my driving of 38 miles to the gallon. On top of that, it only cost me $20 to fill up the tank from damn near empty. The ride comfort was great as any Lexus to be honest because that is all the manufacturer does when it comes to driving. It creates vehicles a comfortable ride to get someone to where they are going. The suspension kept everything tidy while going over bumps and into corners. Steering was remarkably light and direct but offered no feedback from the tires. The brakes felt extra bitey and I trusted they could have helped me get to a standstill fast if I needed the UX 250h to stop suddenly. Sport mode is a joke in the UX 250h though. And that is how luxury should be. Comfortable, not sporty.
So, is the UX 250h a good luxury CSUV? In short, yes it is. It offers the typical styling of the Lexus brand with its own bit of diversity both inside and out. Not only that, but it does get great fuel economy for a CSUV (thanks to the hybrid system of course) and the ride comfort is as expected. I would not personally get one, but it is for someone who is devoted to the Lexus brand or for someone who wants to find a new and luxurious way to get from A-B.
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