Toyota has now also discovered e-mobility itself. Until the cleanest Stromer comes along, the Lexus UX 300e is the frontrunner in the group.
No car company stands for a hybrid car like Toyota. That’s why German newspapers were saying that the Japanese want to rely more on clean electric cars in the future. Lexus has been allowed to pioneer since last year, and UX300e The Edel subsidiary offers an electric version of the compact SUV. It is based on the same platform as the UX 250h hybrid model.
Visually, there is no difference. Narrow headlights, a large grille, black plastic wheel arches, a roof dome and sharply drawn body curves are typical Lexus, but all this is not as extreme for UX as it is for other brands.
Ten year warranty on the battery
If you look closely or find out, you will find flaps in the lower air intake that cool the battery. This is special because the battery is kept warm by water. However, the Japanese are of the opinion that this trick increases performance and durability and gives the package a ten-year warranty with a mileage of up to one million kilometers, after which 70 percent of the original capacity should still be available.
Which unfortunately is not very much, because the 300e already offers a short range of 315 km (WLTP), in practice there are about 280 km with careful driving, if you want to enjoy driving, you can only come to a cooler temperature. more than 200 km. The 204 hp electric car really gives this driving pleasure, 300 Newton meters work on the front axle, because the UX is only driven there. All-wheel drive is not. And that’s also a major problem, because the power applied immediately causes drag on the front axle and allows the electrics to intervene very quickly to calm things down.
Drag on the front axle
Since the batteries are also placed under the floor and far back, there is less weight on the front axle, which exacerbates the problem. The low center of gravity ensures good road holding and fun if – see above – you have trouble pulling under control through the sensitive handling of the electric pedal.
Lexus also convinces with lots of comfort and unusual quietness. The electric motor works so quietly that the insulation of the body had to be strengthened. Seems like a contradiction? No, that was absolutely necessary, because otherwise the wind and tire noise would have been exaggerated due to the lack of engine noise.
The UX300e is about 4.50 meters long, roughly the same as the Tiguan. Unfortunately, you have the feeling of running the whole class below. Not because of the design, of course, because Lexus is never guilty in this regard. There is nothing surprising or noisy here. No, there is not enough space for a car of this length. It’s particularly cramped at the back, taller people squatting rather than sitting due to the seating position and the rear door is also a nuisance for the average upscale citizen. And since the amount of luggage compartment of 367 liters is not enough, one wonders where that space went? It looks better in the front, the driver and front passenger have enough, but not too much space, and they sit very well.
Volume control can be improved
Unfortunately, we once again have no credit for the Lexus’s handling. The volume control is just bad – especially in comparison to premium competitors, this needs to be improved quickly. And the fact that the operation through the touchpad placed between the seats is not available in the world of cars is the best thing that can be said about this poor way of communication between the occupants and the car.
Another issue Lexus needs to address quickly and that is reloading. On the one hand, the first SUV can only charge up to 50 kW DC quickly through the Chademo connector, which is not much, on the other hand, it manages only one-phase charging with a maximum of 6.6 kW in the wall box. . Even in the best conditions, a full charge of the 54.3 kWh battery takes more than 8 hours. If the Japanese could charge with a standard 11 kW, it would take only 5 hours.
Honestly, these are very few weaknesses for a car whose price is from 43,500 euros, even if there is an environmental charge of 9,570 euros. In Germany, Lexus will remain exotic in view of the growing competition, at least until a major overhaul or a completely new generation. So, anyway, it’s definitely a fun car for Lexus fans as well as a precursor to Toyota Group’s upcoming electric car assault in the coming years. (SP-X)