2018 Lexus NX 300h review: the reliably reliable hybrid SUV

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But give it even a moderate amount of welly, such as when accelerating to join a motorway, and the revs immediately and noisily leap past 6,000 where they then stay until you ease off again. That could take a while too, because even with your foot pinned to the floor the NX300h takes 9.2 seconds to get from 0-62mph, a time that is entirely indicative of its performance in general.

Is this a deal-breaker? For many clearly not; the NX accounts for a third of European Lexus sales and satisfaction levels among owners are very high. However, loyalty from existing customers is one thing. Converting those used to the German brands (and, increasingly, Volvo) is what really matters, and in that task the NX is likely to continue to struggle.

However, while it certainly remains an individual choice, don’t necessarily think that makes it a poor one.

THE FACTS

Lexus NX300h Premier

TESTED 2,494cc petrol engine with electric motor and Nickel metal-hydride battery, CVT automatic gearbox, all-wheel drive

PRICE/ON SALE SE from £34,895, as tested £45,040/now

POWER/TORQUE 192bhp @ 5,700rpm/155lb ft @ 4,200-4,400rpm

ACCELERATION 0-62mph in 9.2 seconds

TOP SPEED 112mph

FUEL ECONOMY 53.3mpg/54.3mpg (EU Urban/Combined). On test 36mpg.

CO2 EMISSIONS 121g/km

VED £165 first year, £450 next five years, then £140 per year (as tested with a list price of over £40,000).

VERDICT Hugely appealing in many ways, and a relaxing SUV if driven gently, but this facelift hasn’t addressed shortcomings in the infotainment system or real world fuel economy, and the firm ride won’t be to all tastes.

TELEGRAPH RATING Three out of five stars

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