The Lexus UX 300e in Sports Luxury grade as tested here wears a before-on-road cost of $81,000 and while it serves as the top-spec in the electric range for now, that's still a lot of cash on the table.
There's an argument that no EV with this much range is cheap. But when you look at the fact that the front-wheel drive 300e costs $21,900 more than the equivalent front-drive 250h hybrid model, and that it's more expensive than all-wheel drive versions of the Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure EV and its Polestar 2 equivalent, whilst also offering less range, you start to see that the UX 300e is a bit of a tall order.
That's not to say the UX 300e isn't well equipped. Quite the opposite. But there are other factors, which we'll look at later which may also detract from it compared to rivals.
Standard equipment at the Sports Luxury grade includes 18-inch alloy wheels, a 10.3-inch multimedia screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, built-in sat-nav, premium audio, a 7.0-inch digital dash cluster, a wireless phone charging bay, adaptive LED headlights, a 'moonroof', eight-way power adjustable front seats with heating and cooling functions, heated rear seats, full leather interior trim, keyless entry with push-start ignition, a power tailgate, and '3D' ambient interior lighting.
Not a bad set of gear, and the safety suite is impressive, too. The driving range, however, which comes in around 100km lower than most rivals, could be a problem.