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2021 Lexus UX pricing and specs detailed: Audi Q3, Volvo XC40 and BMW X1 rival gets more affordable and practical

The UX now has more cargo capacity thanks to changes to its boot floor.

Lexus Australia has released an updated version of the UX small SUV, with the Audi Q3, Volvo XC40 and BMW X1 rival now more affordable and practical than before.

The entry-level UX200 FWD remains available in three grades, with the base Luxury now $2055 cheaper, at $44,445 plus on-road costs, while the top-spec Sports Luxury and F Sport have decreased by $250, to $55,250 and $55,750 respectively.

The UX200 FWD Luxury price reduction has been achieved by removing some standard equipment, including LED foglights, roof rails, keyless entry, digital radio, rear autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, all of which now form its new optional Enhancement Pack 1 ($1980).

Conversely, the mid-range UX250h FWD Luxury has jumped $2025, to $52,025, while its Sports Luxury and F Sport counterparts have only moved up $100, to $59,100 and $59,600 respectively.

In the UX250h FWD Luxury’s case, its increased pricing is justified by the now standard fitment of the renamed Enhancement Pack 2 (previously 1), which bundles in headlight washers, cornering lights, rear privacy glass, a power-operated tailgate, a wireless smartphone charger and alloy scuff plates.

The UX250h AWD remains exclusively available in Sports Luxury and F Sport forms, which are now $100 dearer, at $63,600 and $64,100 respectively.

As part of the update, cargo capacity has been improved across the range, with a lower boot-floor height in the UX200h FWD variants adding about 50L to 90L, for a total of 419L with 17-inch wheels or 424L with 18-inch items.

UX250h versions now have a double-deck boot floor that increases cargo capacity by 4L (FWD) or 44L (AWD), to 368L in total.

The UX’s cabin is also quieter thanks to additional sound-absorbing materials and thicker insulation around key areas of the boot floor.

Technology-wise, the rear USB-A ports have been replaced by USB-C alternatives, while on the safety front, road sign recognition now supports school-zone speed limits.

For reference, two powertrains are available in the UX: the petrol UX200 and the petrol-electric hybrid UX250h. The former is front-wheel drive, while the latter also has the option of all-wheel drive.

UX200 variants are powered by a 126kW/205Nm 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine, which is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a mechanical first gear, which Lexus claims is now smoother when starting and stopping, while it also says acceleration has become more responsive.

Matched to an e-CVT, UX250h versions team a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine with a pair of electric motors for combined system outputs of 131kW/202Nm.

As reported, the UX’s new 150kW/300Nm all-electric powertrain, dubbed UX300e, will be released in Australia in November next year.

2021 Lexus UX pricing before on-road costs

UX200 Luxury FWDautomatic$44,445 (-$2055)
UX200 Sports Luxury FWDautomatic$55,250 (-$250)
UX200 F Sport FWDautomatic$55,750 (-$250)
UX250h Luxury FWDautomatic$52,025 (+$2025)
UX250h Sports Luxury FWDautomatic$59,100 (+$100)
UX250h F Sport FWDautomatic$59,600 (+$100)
UX250h Sports Luxury AWDautomatic$63,600 (+$100)
UX250h F Sport AWDautomatic$64,100 (+$100)