Lexus NX 300h Review

The NX’s performance has been stronger than even Lexus anticipated, breaking sales forecasts in all the world markets where it’s available. To build on that, Lexus ushered in a package of improvements back in 2017 – and that has resulted in what you see today – a car with ladles of kerbside presence.

But it isn’t just about the spindle grille, strong front bumper, LED lights, and cool alloy wheel designs – the NX also has one hell of a cabin. It’s an authentic driver’s environment with a sporty and luxurious feel.

The NX’s instrumentation includes a hybrid system indicator which shows power output and regeneration in real time, with the dial switching automatically to a tachometer when Sport drive mode is selected. An Eco Driving Indicator supports environmentally efficient driving, by showing the range of acceleration for Eco driving and the status of acceleration.

The Lexus also boasts large multimedia displays and an easy-to-use air conditioning control panel. What’s more, the SUV houses a range of upholstery colour and trim options, including Lexus’s Tahara, a durable and supple alternative to leather.

Looks and refinement aside, the Japanese brand offers more safety aids in its NX than you can shake a stick at. The Lexus Safety System+ is provided as standard kit across the range and includes a Pre-Collision System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic High Beam/Adaptive High-beam System, Lane Keep Assist with Sway Warning and Traffic Sign Recognition.

For the 2021 model year, Intelligent Parking Sensors have been added to the NX entry level model specification, making them standard across the range. A Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are also factory fitted on the F Sport model.

The NX provides ample room for everyone, with best-in-segment space in critical areas. The high roofline gives exceptional head clearance and rear knee-room is even greater than in some larger SUV models. Luggage space is generous and practical – wide enough for golf bags to be stowed sideways. The load capacity is 475 litres. Ease of loading is further improved with a power tailgate on the new NX (F Sport grade and above). A close-and-lock button next to the tailgate grab handle automatically closes the tailgate and locks the vehicle.

On the move, the NX 300h delivers an engaging and agile drive, and a high level of ride comfort. The car uses a proven Lexus Hybrid Drive system featuring a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine, a generator, electric motor and a hybrid battery. The total system output is 195bhp and the combined cycle fuel consumption is from 36.6 to 37.1mpg. CO2 emissions are from 171g/km.

Fine-tuning of the engine has produced greater responsiveness, so the NX will do 0 to 62mph in 9.2 seconds and its top speed is 112mph. Furthermore, Lexus’s E-Four system uses an additional electric motor to drive the rear axle, while the front axle is propelled by power from the petrol engine, electric motor, or a combination of both. The system varies torque distribution to the rear wheels, according to driving dynamics and road conditions, providing the kind of stability when pulling away and acceleration performance on slippery roads that are appropriate for an AWD vehicle.

Lexus introduced a simplified grade structure for the 2019 model year, starting the line-up with NX, followed by F Sport and Premier. You can upgrade the specification of your vehicle with a choice of option packs – Premium, Premium Sport Edition, Premium Plus, and Takumi.

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Tim Barnes-Clay is a freelance motoring journalist. When he's not writing, presenting a video or recording a voice-over, he test-drives the latest cars in the UK. He also attends new vehicle press launches around the world. You can follow and interact with Tim on Instagram @tbarnesclay and Twitter @carwriteups, or on