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2020 Lexus UX 200 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: November 28, 2019


A little late to the party but Lexus has finally arrived in the sub-compact luxury crossover segment. With the growing proficiency of SUVs and crossovers compelling every other brand to shrink their DNA into a compact shape, the Lexus UX 200 was coming anyday, and off course it had to. Sitting in the sub-compact crossover segment, apart from being the most compact, the UX 200 is also the most affordable Lexus you can get at the moment. However, dont allow that overall compactness and the price tag of  $32,150 trick you. The UX 200 is every bit a Lexus and it does things in its very own way.

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Pros

Good fuel economy

Plenty of standard and optional features

Excellent manueverability

Cons

Tighter cargo space

Misses out all-wheel drive

Finicky infotainment

Not as powerful as some of its competitors

What's New?

All new model


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$32150

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

169 hp @ 6600 rpm

torque

151 lbs.-ft @ 4800 rpm

transmission

continuously variable-speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

61/61

dimensions

wheelbase

103.9 in.

length

177 in.

width

72.4 in.

height

60.6 in.

curb weight

3307 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

90.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

21.7 cu ft.

payload capacity

1103 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

29/33/37 mpg

highway range

458.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

72 months. / 70000

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / Unlimited



Styles

 2020 Lexus UX 200 in Atomic Silver color  2020 Lexus UX 200 in Autumn Shimmer color  2020 Lexus UX 200 in Cadmium Orange color  2020 Lexus UX 200 in Eminent White Pearl color  2020 Lexus UX 200 in Caviar color  2020 Lexus UX 200 in Redline color
Atomic Silver

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

6.9

Interior

6.8

6.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Lexus UX 200 Base

Base

power
169 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
33 combined

$32,150


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $32,150 MSRP (29/33/37) 169 hp @ 6600 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Lexus UX 200 F SPORT

F SPORT

power
169 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
33 combined

$34,150


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
F SPORT 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $34,150 MSRP (29/33/37) 169 hp @ 6600 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Lexus UX 200 Luxury

Luxury

power
169 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
33 combined

$37,350


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $37,350 MSRP (29/33/37) 169 hp @ 6600 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

6.9

Overall Rating


Lexus might be a bit slow to catch up the with the momentum, but it has caught-up in style. With the bold signature Lexus grille that we are used to seeing in much bigger cars along with its edgy design, the UX 200 looks unlike anything in its class. Step inside its cabin, and yes the minimalistic interior layout accompanied by a host of safety and tech features instantly reminds you that this is a Lexus.

Over everything else, the UX is as promising as its other siblings in terms of fuel efficiency. Needless to say, it is one of the most fuel efficient product in its class. However, to deliver a better fuel efficiency, Lexus went ahead with a 2.0 liter turbo engine that is significantly less on power than its competitors like the Volvo XC40, Jaguar E- Pace, and Range Rover Evoque.

2020 Lexus UX 200 front three-quarterview
2020 Lexus UX 200 front three-quarter view
2020 Lexus UX 200 rear three-quarter view
2020 Lexus UX 200 rear three-quarter view

7.0/10
Features

 

6.9/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

6.8/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Lexus UX 200 Features

7.0/10

The UX 200 comes in three trim levels – Base, F Sport and Luxury. All cars are mechanically the same except that each higher trim adds some more features in the car. The F Sport also gets some visual updates with a sportier look. There’s also a hybrid version of the UX available which is more powerful and even comes with AWD.

Trim

Base

Luxury

F-Sport

MSRP

$32,000

$37,200

$34,000

Key Features

18-inch wheels

Sound-damping front side windows

Unique 18-inch wheels

 

LED headlights

Auto-dimming side mirrors

Sport-tuned suspension

 

Heated side mirrors

Hands-free liftgate

LED foglights

 

Proximity entry and push-button start

Driver-seat memory functions

Augmented engine sound generator

 

Selectable drive modes

Blind-spot monitoring

Steering wheel paddle shifters

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

10.3-inch central display

Sport front seats

 

Simulated-leather upholstery

Eight-speaker sound system

Upgraded digital gauge cluster

 

Power-adjustable front seats

   
 

60/40-split folding rear seat

   
 

Rearview camera

   
 

Infotainment system with 7-inch touchscreen display

   
 

Smartphone app-based navigation

   
 

Apple CarPlay smartphone integration

   
 

Six-speaker audio system and satellite radio

   

We’d Recommend

The UX is a lot about its features and its luxury quotient. For that matter, picking the top of the line Luxury trim is a very good choice. You could also pick the F Sport trim if sporty looks are your priority. However, the best pick in the UX range is the UX 250h which is the hybrid version of the UX. It comes with more power and torque from the electric motors and also has the benefit of AWD.

2020 Lexus UX 200 Engine and Performance

6.9/10

“The UX 200 is relatively zippy and playful and is ideally suited as a city runabout. But compared to most rivals in the class, the overall experience is less dynamic. In particular, its measured acceleration and braking performance are well behind competitors.” – Edmunds

The Lexus US 200 is powered by a 2.0L, naturally aspirated, 4-cylinder engine producing 169 hp at 6,600 rpm and 151 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm. The engine is adequately powerful for the car but by no means is it sporty. It has good pulling power with a linear acceleration but it never feels underpowered. Yes, the rivals are quite more powerful than the UX 200 but the UX has been optimized for fuel economy and in that, it really excels.

2019 lexus ux 200 engine bay

The engine is mated to a CVT gearbox but with a trick up its sleeve. The first gear is a conventional mechanical gear from where the CVT takes over. It has been made so to remove the sluggishness and unresponsiveness of a CVT gearbox and give better off the line performance and it indeed does work well. The first gear blends into the CVT seamlessly and then on, the CVT can simulate 10 gears if you tap at the paddles. However, the CVT isn’t an exceptional one and behaves quite like all other CVTs.

Models

Lexus UX 200

Volvo XC40

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Jaguar E-Pace

MSRP

$32,000

$34,195

$42,795

$39,595

Engine

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

Transmission

Continuously variable transmission

8 speed automatic

9 speed automatic

9 speed automatic

Horsepower

169 hp@ 6600rpm

248 hp@ 5500rpm

237 hp@ 5500rpm

246 hp@ 5500rpm

Torque

151 ft-lbs@ 4800rpm

258 ft-lbs@ 1800rpm

251 ft-lbs@ 1250 rpm

269 ft-lbs@ 1200rpm

In comparison, all its competitors are way more powerful similar engines of 2.0L, 4-cylinder motors but they are all turbocharged. The Volvo XC40 is the most powerful with 248 horsepower. The competition also uses conventional automatics whereas the Lexus is the only one to be using a CVT gearbox.

Acceleration

2019 lexus ux 200 gear shifter automatic

Models

Lexus UX 200

Volvo XC40

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Jaguar E-Pace

0-60 MPH

8.9 sec

6.7 sec

6.0 sec

7.2

Quarter mile

N/A

15.1

N/A

15.6

Engine

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

7.1

N/A

The UX 200 takes 8.9 seconds to accelerate from standstill to 60 mph which is a pretty decent number but slowest in the competition. That of course is no surprise as the Lexus is quite underpowered but intentionally so as it prioritizes fuel economy over performance. The Range Rover Evoque is the fastest car to 60 mph at just 6.0 seconds which is quite good for a compact SUV.

Ride and Handling

The ride quality is one of the biggest highlights of the UX 200. It has a really comfortable ride, perhaps one of the best in the segment. It soaks up bumps and potholes very well, even at highway speeds. What’s also impressive is that in spite of having a soft ride quality, it remains quite stable and composed around corners as well. Body roll is very well managed and it really inspires confidence even if you are pushing it hard.

2019 lexus ux 200 steering wheel meter console

The steering is sharp and precise with a nice hefty feeling to it. It’s not too light, it’s not too harsh, just the perfect amount to weight to get some feeling out of it. The UX 200 is based on the same platform as the Toyota CH-R which is quite a fun car to drive. The UX naturally inherited the fun and nimble nature of the CH-R and then the dynamics have been really well engineered.

Braking

2019 lexus ux 200 alloy wheel brake rotos and calliper

Model

Lexus UX 200

Volvo XC40

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Jaguar E-Pace

Brake Front (in.)

12

13.6

12.8

12.8

Brake Rear (in.)

11.1

11.9

12.5

11.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3307

3629

3865

4035

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The brakes are something that Lexus couldn’t get right with the UX 200. The brakes are too sensitive and a little jab at the pedal brakes the car with a hard jerk. It’s really difficult to bring the car to a smooth stop with a steady pressure on the pedal. That said, the brakes are really strong and provide great biting force. We do not have the braking figures yet, but we can tell you that they are pretty strong.

2020 Lexus UX 200 Fuel Economy

Model

Lexus UX 200

Volvo XC40

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Jaguar E-Pace

MPG (city)

29

23

22

21

MPG (highway)

37

31

29

28

MPG (combined)

33

26

25

24

Where the Lexus really beats the competition is with its fuel economy. The engine was optimized to return great fuel economy figures and it really does. It returns 33 miles to the gallon combined which is a very good figure in the segment. The Volvo XC40 follows next but returns only 26 miles to the gallon combined.

2020 Lexus UX 200 Interior

6.8/10

“The front of the UX’s cabin is where Lexus plays one of its trump cards. Smart, (mainly) logical and less cluttered than its bigger brother NX, the space feels generous and welcoming. Material quality is excellent and original in places too, notably in the optional dashboard covering that resembles textured Japanese washi paper.” – Top Gear

Design

The interiors are busy but still quite aesthetic. What catches your eyes first are the 10.3-inch infotainment screen set deep inside the dashboard. The AC vents that sit below are sleek and stylish. The piano style switches for the climate controls feel really good to use as well. The layout is typically Lexus and it really looks good. There’s also a unique dashboard trim in blue fabric like material which is also really cool.

What catches your eye next is the 7-inch or an 8-inch (on the higher trims) screen in the instrument cluster. There is a physical gauge cluster within the digital screen and it houses the speedometer which is a really cool touch. Fit and finish of the materials are really nice and there are soft touch panels at most places you would touch. The analog clock beside the infotainment screen is another very good touch.

Seating

2019 lexus ux 200 total seating capacity

Model

Lexus UX 200

Volvo XC40

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Jaguar E-Pace

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

35.7/55.1/42.1

39.0/56.7/40.9

39.0/NA/40.2

39.2/NA/40.0

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.4/52.9/33.1

39.1/56.3/36.1

38.0/NA/34.8

38.2/NA/35.1

The Lexus does not have the most spacious interiors as its rivals are a bit roomier. Having said that, there still is plenty space inside with good legroom and headroom. The seats are quite comfortable and can be heated or cooled. There are AC vents for the rear passengers as well. The cabin is very well built and long hours would be very happily spent in this car.

Infotainment System

Infotainment system is not something Lexus seems to be getting right. While the system itself is good and packs in all the features you’d need, the way to control the system is just not good enough. The track pad that Lexus uses to operate the infotainment system requires you to take your eyes off the road and quite some time getting used to. There are much better ways to operate an infotainment system and Lexus should definitely consider that.

Apart from the inconveniences of the track pad, the system itself is quite good. The graphics are nice, the system is intuitive and feature loaded and certainly an improvement over what Lexus has been doing before. Also, the music controls are via some buttons and dials placed under the central armrest and is quite convenient to use.

Interior Features

  • Privacy Glass or Deep Tinted Glass
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Power Windows
  • Tilt and Telescope Steering
  • Power Adjustable Exterior Mirror
  • 10.3 inch infotainment screen
  • 7 inch digital instrument cluster
  • Heated and Cooled seats
  • Automatic climate control

Cargo Capacity

Model

Lexus UX 200

Volvo XC40

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Jaguar E-Pace

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

21.7

20.7

20.3

24.2

The Lexus has pretty good cargo capacity for the class. It’s not the best in class as that is taken away by the Jaguar E-pace but it comes second with 21.7 cu.ft of space. The Jaguar has 24.2 cu.ft of space. The boot is big enough to pack in at least four large bags and maybe some more.

2020 Lexus UX 200 Exterior

“On the UX, the current styling theme’s playful and adventurous in a way its European competition is not, and that’s a positive development for a brand that has followed more than it’s led in styling.” – The Car Connection

Design

The UX 200 is a very handsome looking car. It has very good proportions and looks distinctly Lexus. The front is dominate by the large spindle grille. It looks aggressive and bold with a chrome garnish at the lower lip of the bumper. The headlamps are extremely stylish and the detailing with the DRLs looks stunning. The fog lamp housings run vertically down from the headlights, all the way to the bottom to give it a really sharp and mean look.

Move over to the sides and you are met with a multitude of lines and creases that beautifully bring out the muscular haunches of the cart. The squared wheel arches with black claddings all around add some ruggedness to the design. The dual tone wing mirrors also are very stylishly designed.

The rear is probably the most pleasing angle of the UX 200. There’s nothing very fancy going on, just a light band connecting the brake lights on either side to make one seamless tail light. Some more lines and creases, a Lexus logo and black and silver claddings on the bumper finish off the rear design. The design is very distinctive and would easily catch eyes.

Exterior Dimensions

Model

Lexus UX 200

Volvo XC40

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Jaguar E-Pace

Curb weight (lbs.)

3307

3629

3865

4035

Length(in)

177

174.2

172.0

173.0

Width(in)

72.4

73.3

78.1

78.1

Height(in)

60.6

65.3

64.4

64.9

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

8.3

8.3

8.8

Wheelbase (in)

103.9

106.4

104.7

105.6

Track width (in) F/R

61/61

63/64

63.8/64.1

64/65.1

If we talk about dimensions, the UX 200 is not the biggest. It has the maximum length but the least width, least height and the least wheelbase too. The compact dimensions also makes it the lightest. The dimensions and weight greatly contribute to the nimble nature of the car. Also, its wheelbase is not much smaller than the competition which means interior space is not much compromised.

Exterior Features

  • Spindle grille with mesh pattern
  • LED DRLs and headlamps
  • Dual Tone wing mirrors
  • Body Cladding
  • Light Band for the tail lights
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Rear Spoiler

2020 Lexus UX 200 Safety

The Lexus UX 200 has not been rated by NHTSA or IIHS as of yet as it’s a brand new car but it comes loaded with pretty good safety features as you would expect from a Lexus.

  • Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Pedestrian Detection
  • All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Lane Tracing Assist
  • Road Sign Assist (RSA)
  • Intelligent High-Beam headlamps
  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Stability control
  • Multiple Airbags

2020 Lexus UX 200 Competition

Lexus UX 200 vs Volvo XC40

The Lexus UX200 may be quite underpowered in comparison to the XC40 but it does pretty well what it does. It has good body control and a good ride quality as well. It looks very stylish and quite apart. The interiors are good but the infotainment system could have been better. It has way better fuel economy than any of its competitors. The XC40 does all the good things that the Lexus does but with way more power and performance. Also, the interiors in the Volvo are way nicer too. What really works for the Volvo is that it’s just around $2000 more expensive than the Lexus and for that, it’s clearly the better choice amongst the two.

Lexus UX 200 vs Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

The Range Rover Evoque just received a fresh update this year and it looks smarter and sleeker than before. The Evoque has best in class interiors and technology with this new update. It’s also the fastest to 60 mph and is expected to ride and drive much better than before. Being a range rover, the Evoque has proper offroad capabilities and there’s no beating the Evoque at that. The Rangie is far better than the UX200 is every respect but it’s quite more expensive as well. If money is not a concern, the Evoque is easily the better car but if you want a competitive car in this segment at a very reasonable price, the UX200 fits the bill quite well.

Lexus UX 200 vs Jaguar E-pace

Not quite as powerful as the Jaguar E-Pace but it does pretty well for what it’s meant to do. It has a good balance between ride quality and body control. It certainly has the visual appeal which is quite distinctive and though not very special with the interiors, it good enough to challenge the Jaguar with its materials and technology. It has way better fuel economy than any of its competitors. On the other hand, the Jaguar is quite more powerful and much faster. If horsepower is not your concern, then the UX200 is the most sensible buy at a reasonable price but the E-Pace seems worth it for the extra power and performance it comes with.

2020 Lexus UX 200 Final Verdict

The Lexus UX200 is a pretty nice car. Yes, it’s not quite as powerful as some of its competitors but once you look beyond that, it’s a great car for what it has been designed to be. You do feel underpowered sometimes when you have to do quick overtake maneuvers on the highways but on the contrary, it gives fuel economy which is unheard of in this segment.

The engine is refined, it has good ride quality and good body control. It looks very stylish and very different from the numerous other Jaguars, Range Rovers and Volvos in this segment. The interiors feel rich and it comes decently well-equipped but it could have done better still. Lastly, when you consider the price at which you get the UX200, it seems great value for its money and it opens the segment of compact luxury to a whole new audience.