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The Top Gear car review:Lexus UX
Running costs and reliability
These are areas in which Lexus excels, from topping reliability surveys to the well-priced and impressively performing eco hybrid powertrain. Standard spec is yet to be confirmed but Lexus’s form suggests it should be generous. Customers can also add packs bundled by safety, design, tech and luxury from circa £700 to £3,000.
Relatively low sales expectations – 7,000 per year versus some 20,000 for the BMW X1 – should translate to high residual values come re-sale time too.
By all other running cost criteria, other than real-world extra-urban economy, the UX should beat its diesel and straight-petrol rivals and also be much cheaper to buy than similar-sized plug-ins (like the forthcoming Volvo XC40 T5 hybrid). And the UX doesn’t require access to a plug, like a PHEV or full EV.