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Lexus NX

£ 36,195 - £ 46,695
Published: 24 Jan 2015
A car with an identity crisis - can't decide if it wants to be a refined urban cruiser or a sporty SUV

Good stuff

Price, looks, interior quality, tech gadgets like wireless phone charger

Bad stuff

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.

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What's the verdict?

Lexus makes a posh compact SUV but forgets to make it drive well.
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