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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review: Lexus NX

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


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


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.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
300h 2.5 5dr CVT 2WD
9.2s 137g/km 47.9 197 £37,045
The cheapest
300h 2.5 5dr CVT [without Nav]
9.2s 137g/km 47.9 197 £36,195
The greenest
300h 2.5 5dr CVT 2WD
9.2s 137g/km 47.9 197 £37,045