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The Top Gear car review:Lexus NX
For:Price, looks, interior quality, tech gadgets like wireless phone charger
Against:Ride quality, handling, hybrid engine, no diesel option
What is it?
It’s Lexus’s attempt to take on the established Germans in the premium compact SUV class. Think BMW’s X3 or Audi’s Q5. It’s a competitive sector and one that Lexus is hoping the NX will make a real dent in so that it can keep Western European sales ticking along nicely. Which makes the decision not to put a diesel in it strange. Engines are limited to petrol – either a 2.5-litre hybrid or a 2.0-litre turbo – and neither is much of a real-world competitor for the best diesels. Mind you, it’s a unique looking thing and Lexus has thrown lots of tech at it.