Test drive Lexus UX 300e: This is the first electric Lexus

Test drive Lexus UX 300e: This is the first electric Lexus

The Lexus UX300e is the brand’s first fully electric car: with a 54 kWh battery and a range of 315 kilometres. Test drive, technical data, price

  • Compact SUV UX 300e first electric car from Lexus
  • Electric motor has an output of 150 kW / 204 PS
  • 315 milometers range in the WLTP cycle
  • Only available as a leasing car

For Toyota’s luxury offshoot, a purely electric car is a logical step, even if it comes quite late. The Japanese have been building electrified drives for over 15 years. Lexus customers now use 90 percent hybrid vehicles , in 2019 that was around 3,500 cars in Germany. For Lexus it is the best result in ten years, even if the brand still hardly plays a role in the registrations in this country.

In 2021 things will continue to improve, including with the electric version of the compact SUV UX , which was launched in January. Lexus confidently gives a ten-year guarantee on the battery or a mileage of up to one million kilometers (!), And a five-year guarantee on the entire drive train or up to 100,000 kilometers.

Lexus UX 300e: Inside exactly like in the combustion UX

The cockpit of the Lexus looks a bit cluttered ∙ © Lexus

The E variant also stands out from the automotive monotony with its tapered headlights, the large radiator grille, sharp beads and black wheel arches . The lower air inlet has aerodynamic flaps for battery cooling, but is not particularly noticeable. Except for the type designation, it is hardly noticeable that this 4.50 meter long Lexus does not fill up with liquid fuel.

Even in the tightly cut interior , passengers have to look carefully to see the differences to the combustion engine. As usual, the pilot looks at the driver-focused cockpit with the large, central round instrument and the digital displays. This includes: speedometer, range display and four-stage delay display. The steering wheel buttons can be used to change the radio station and volume, as well as adjust the distance controller.

The navigation system and entertainment system run on the 10.3-inch display. The gear selector lever is located in the center console and can be used to select, among other things, the “Drive” and “Battery” driving modes – with the latter, the engine simply recuperates more.

UX Elektro accelerates Faster than the Hybrid

With 204 hp and 300 Newton meters of torque, the e-machine has enough power for a sporty drive: when you step on the accelerator pedal, the front tires briefly begin to squeak before the traction control takes over. The UX hums from 0 to 100 km / h in a brisk 7.5 seconds and thus accelerates faster than the hybrid version, the top speed is 160 km / h , which is completely sufficient for an electric car .

On country roads, the stiff body with the low center of gravity and the direct steering pay off: In contrast to the UX Hybrid, the batteries in the electric vehicle are in the body floor and under the rear seat bench. This lowers the center of gravity by seven centimeters and creates an everyday trunk of at least 367 liters. The Lexus also hangs directly on the gas pedal in every driving mode, reacts immediately and waves lightly through curves . Brake briefly, accelerate fully, and the electric SUV hisses away like a sports car. That is fun!

315 kilometers range according to WLTP

And yet it glides perfectly with the 1.7-ton SUV – at least thanks to the range. Then the UX sails quickly over the country road, remains very quiet and bounces comfortably . If you like that, you can take the Japanese car for a long time without recharging: With the 54.3 kWh battery with 288 cells, the Lexus can travel up to 315 kilometers with a WLTP consumption of 16.8 kWh / 100 km .

As with all electric cars, the following also applies here: The range depends heavily on the driving style. In pure city traffic you can get the specified kilometers from the UX, but with a mixed driving profile the radius of action melts , so that the UX is more likely to be 280. The driver can use the paddle shifters behind the steering wheel to vary the strength of the engine brake and thus the recuperation in four modes.

The UX does not set any new standards when it comes to charging. The Japanese draws a maximum of 6.6 kW from normal AC charging stations (household socket 2.3 kW), so that a completely empty battery is only filled after a long eight hours. At least halfway fast interim charging on the motorway is provided: DC charging (Chademo instead of the CCS socket that is common in European vehicles) is possible at fast charging stations with 50 KW – the battery should reach 80 percent in around 50 minutes. This is also not a top value. For comparison: A much cheaper Fiat 500 Elektro sucks up to 85 kW.

Inappropriate sound generator

In order to give the electric car a more “emotional” sound, Lexus has donated a sound generator . The button sits at the level of the left knee and unfortunately causes the opposite of sportiness: When accelerating in sport mode, the synthetic sound is more reminiscent of a howling autumn storm that pulls around a shaky house and pushes the wind through all the cracks. Why all this? Apparently, Lexus can not quite say goodbye to the old world of combustion engines.

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