At $53,450, before on-road costs, the UX 200 F Sport is a premium, 2.0-litre compact SUV lining up against some sharp competition in the form of Audi’s Q3 35 TFSI Launch Edition ($52,750), the BMW X1 sDrive 2.0i M Sport, ($51,750), the Mercedes-Benz GLA 180 ($48,690), and Volvo’s XC40 T4 Inscription ($51,990). All four-cylinder, and front-wheel drive, except for the all-wheel drive Volvo.
The 200 is the entry-point to a three-level UX model range, and F Sport is the highest of three specification grades (above ‘Luxury’ and Sports Luxury’).
Fifty grand is a significant financial threshold, and when you’re lining up against a batch of big name European competitors, the standard equipment list is critical. And the 200 F Sport comes to the party with an impressive number of boxes ticked.
Aside from the active and passive safety tech detailed in the safety section below, the UX 200 F Sport features a leather-accented F Sport shift lever and heated steering wheel, power-adjustable steering column, leather-accented seat trim, eight-way power-adjustable, heated and ventilated F Sport front seats, Qi wireless phone charging, active cruise control, keyless entry and start, dual-zone climate control air (including ‘Lexus Climate Concierge’ management of climate, front seats, and the steering wheel), 18-inch alloy wheels, illuminated entry, and F Sport alloy-accented pedals.
Also included are bi-LED headlights (with auto levelling and adaptive high beam), LED fog lights, LED tail-lights, adaptive variable suspension, five drive modes (Eco, Normal, Sport, Sport+, Custom), a rear performance damper, paddle shifters, an 10.3-inch multimedia screen, 7.0-inch digital driver information display, reversing camera, parking sensors (front and rear), satellite navigation (with live traffic updates), eight-speaker audio (with digital radio), and voice recognition for media and other functions.
No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto connectivity here, though, as Lexus sticks with its own media/audio connection set-up.
Our test example was fitted with an optional moonroof ($2500) and premium ‘Cobalt Mica’ paint ($1500), for an as-tested price of $57,450.
Other colours available are: 'Khaki Metal' (green), 'Carnelian' (orange), 'White Nova', 'Mercury Grey', 'Premium Silver', 'Titanium' (silver), 'Onyx' (black), 'Graphite Black', and 'Caliente' (red).