By Veeno Dewan

Lexus’ new compact UX 350h CUV is a replacement for the outgoing NX 300h. and remains an a stylish, edgy CUV. For 2022/23 it arrives as a self – charging hybrid only. The UX is sleek and composed of daring sheet metal, with the trademark Lexus “spindle” grille. Standard features include: 18-inch wheels, LED headlamps and a sunroof. The UX 350h is powered by a VVT-iE 2.5 Litre 4-cylinder DOHC 16-Valve engine paired with the Lexus Hybrid Drive system, and the two combined units produce a maximum of 240 horsepower.
Power is sent to the front wheels through an automatic Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission and AWD-e with sequential shift mode.
Note, the UX350h battery is not a plug-in unit and instead recharges itself with regenerative braking. The UX 350h has a fairly good comprehensive standard equipment list, including: as standard All -Wheel Drive, Heated front Seats & heated steering wheel, Digital Latch & Safe Exit Assist ,with Lexus Interface including standard 9.8” HD Touchscreen Display, Lexus Assistant, wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility, 3-year trials for Safety Connect and Remote Connect; up to 5-year trial for Service Connect; and available 14” Touchscreen Display. There is also: Drive Connect (Cloud Navigation, Intelligent Assistant, Destination Assist) plus the new Lexus LSS+ 3.0 safety suite with: Blind Spot Monitor, RCTA, Electrochromic Driver Mirror and more.
Available Optional Packages include the Premium, Luxury, Ultra Luxury & Executive. We tested a 2022 Lexus UX 350h equipped with the Premium Package (total price – $51,400) which arrived with features such as: Ventilated Front Seats, Power Tilt & Telescopic Steering Wheel, Power Slide / Tilt Moonroof, Power Rear Door, Lexus Driver Memory System, and Ambient Illumination.
The Lexus UX350h interior is typical “Lexi” as my old friend Alan Partridge would say with a sleek looking cabin. A wide central display is now canted toward the driver and features a hi-tech 9.8-inch touchscreen as standard, which can be upgraded to a 14-inch screen with a thankful to see combination of virtual and physical controls for the climate system. Good to see that Lexus have introduced a more intuitive infotainment interface as the remote Touch control pad for the centre screen, takes a while to get used to as the trackpad is so sensitive.
High quality, along with interesting design motifs and a combination of decent plastics and faux leather-look panels dominate on the dash. All the textiles and materials are premium with good design elements. It’s a very interesting and stimulating interior. The dash is also typical Lexus with a sporty, busy, high-tech flavour. Overall front cabin room is very good in all areas.
The seats are supportive and very comfortable on long drives, and general driver ergonomics are good. The rear is a tad cramped in terms of legroom and headroom. On-board storage is fine and the cargo compartment is a tad small at 486 litres. Towing Capacity kg (lbs.) is 907/2000.

On the road, — the UX has exemplary manners, with a comfortable ride and sharp, responsive handling. Acceleration is good and the UX performs well both on the highway with adequate passing power and in the stop and go of city driving.
The Hybrid system automatically switches between gasoline, electricity, or a combination of both, and there is also a driver selectable “EV (Electric Vehicle) Mode” button, that allows the UX to drive in electric mode only when it’s activated, but only at low speeds and with careful use of the throttle. The transition between the gas engine and the hybrid motor is seamless, and fuel economy is impressive at 5.7 L/100 km in city driving; 6.2 on the highway; and 6.0 in combined driving It also takes regular-grade gasoline, a huge plus in these times of ridiculously high fuel prices! Brake feel is also fairly good and offers more pedal feel than most hybrid regenerative systems.
Safety is high with such offerings as a variety of driver-assist safety features including, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, emergency front braking, lane departure assist, lane centring, and automatic high-beam headlamps. The Lexus UX 350h arrives with the latest version of the Lexus Safety System + (LSS+ 3.0), a suite that has a plethora of advanced safety systems, consisting of such features as: pre-collision braking with pedestrian and bicycle detection, radar cruise, lane tracing assist, plus more.
The 2022 Lexus NX 350h presents an excellent package to compact luxury CUV buyers who like the brand or want to enter the Lexus fold at an attractive price point. It offers a smooth, comfortable driving experience, more power, decent fuel economy and performance. A top buy in this sector.

2022 Lexus NX350h
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