Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
Our UX is the absolute entry-model car, at $44,450 in a deceptively named ‘Luxury’ base trim. From there you can move up to the Sports Luxury (a significant price hike at $53,000) or F-Sport at $53,450.
The base car comes surprisingly well equipped, with plenty of items which other luxury automakers would have no qualms about putting on an options list.
Included is a 10.3-inch multimedia screen supporting sat-nav, DAB digital radio through an eight-speaker audio system, 17-inch alloy wheels, acoustic windscreen glass, full LED front lighting, leather accented interior trim, four-way power adjustable steering column, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and eight-way power-adjustable front seats.
What a list. Wasn’t this supposed to be a base car?
You’ll note Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are still missing from the multimedia system, and for now you can add that to my extensive list of Lexus multimedia gripes (explored in the practicality section of this review) but the connectivity tech is coming very soon to the Lexus range.
Items which arrive on higher specs include truly optional items like bigger alloys, improved trim bits, better leather on the seats, a panoramic sunroof and the F-Sport gets adaptive suspension and more drive modes.
It has to be noted that our UX200 Luxury also had the optional ‘Enhancement Pack 2’ which comes with a power tailgate, Qi wireless phone charging, alloy scuff plates, headlamp washers, rear privacy glass and cornering lamps, and a moonroof. That pack comes in at an extra $4050, $2500 of which is just for the moonroof (get ‘Enhancement Pack 1’ instead for $1550 which comes with everything else).
Relative value against competitors is good, too, with the base X2 sDrive 18i coming in at $46,900, the base Q2 35TSI at $41,950 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA 180 at $44,700.
You’d better bet you’ll be digging extra deep for some of the UX’s standard features on those Euro options lists.
The base car with ‘Enhancement Pack 1’ seems to be the pick, of the range then…