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2015 Lexus NX300h Review 2015


Good points

  • The best looking of the bunch
  • Comfortable, spacious interior
  • Sorted and taut chassis

Needs work

  • Hybrid drivetrain doesn’t inspire
  • Options are expensive
  • Safety technology lacking on lower models

The Lexus NX300h is late to the small, premium SUV segment — but this is a crossover that looks great, is generously appointed, and well-priced to compete strongly with the Germans.

They’ve had plenty of time to study the competition, like the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Volvo XC60 (watch our Volvo XC60 review). So, it’s no surprise that Lexus’s debut into the segment is thoroughly convincing. The NX is the size of an Audi Q5 or a BMW X3, but it competes on price with the smaller siblings to those cars: the Q3, and X1.

The NX employs the traditional Lexus formula: undercut the Germans on price while bundling most German options as standard features. Couple the favourable pricing to youthful, fresh looks, and to a reasonable driving experience, and from the outset, the NX looks like an attractive proposition.

ChasingCars.com.au borrowed this vehicle for our Lexus NX300h review:

  • 2015 Lexus NX300h F Sport (middle trim), with the 2.5-litre aspirated four-cylinder and Atkinson-cydle electric hybrid motor and conventionally-variable automatic, in Flame Blue with black leather, priced at $66,000 before on-road costs.
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Key specs (as tested)

Naturally aspirated + hybrid
147kW @ 5700rpm
210Nm @ 4400rpm
Continuously variable
Power to weight ratio
79kW / tonne
Fuel type
Fuel capacity
5.7L / 100km
Average Range
All wheel drive
Engine configuration
Unoccupied weight
Cargo space seats up
Cargo seats down

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