Lexus NX review - prices, specs and 0-60 time - Interior and Tech

Distinctive and beautifully made, but no good to drive

Evo rating
Price
from £29,995
  • F Sport looks sharp, exceptional build quality, low tax bills
  • Badly needs a diesel engine, awful hybrid CVT, inert to drive

In any version of the NX fitted with leather upholstery it feels like a car from the class above - it really is that good. The fit and finish are exceptional and every switch, button and knob moves with well-oiled precision and damping. Not only that, but it gives the sense that it'll feel the no different in about 20 years.

But it's not all good. The centre console is a bit of a mess with its myriad small buttons and Christmas tree-like cluster of distracting little green lights. Also, while the rotary controller and wrist pad are tactile enough, the way the cursor latches to parts of the screen feels like old tech.

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It's undeniably at its best in F Sport guise, as the interior enhancements really lift the ambience. And there are loads of neat little touches to endear it to its owner too - such as the removable vanity mirror in the centre console that's lined in leather and magnetically held in place.

Possibly a different sort of driver will appreciate the seamlessly shape-changing instruments in the F Sport car too. Depending on the mode selected, there's either a blue and green eco meter or a suitably sporting rev counter. It's the transition between the two that fascinates though.

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