2023 Lexus NX350h Sports Luxury review

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The Lexus NX is acold and distant the brand’s champion seller, and it’s not hard to spot why.

Not lone does it vie successful the fashionable mid-sized premium SUV segment, but there’s besides a staggering magnitude of assortment connected connection – overmuch much truthful than the aged NX.

Want a base, people aspirated front-wheel driver? You’ve got it. All-wheel thrust plug-in hybrid flagship? There’s 1 of those, too.

In betwixt beryllium the all-wheel drive, turbocharged NX350 and the hybrid NX350h. The second offers the astir permutations of immoderate subordinate connected the NX family, with 3 trim levels and a prime of front- oregon all-wheel drive.

The caller NX, launched astatine the opening of this year, shares its TNGA-K underpinnings with the Toyota RAV4 but looks wholly antithetic wrong and out.

Lexus’ spindle grille doesn’t basal retired arsenic overmuch arsenic it utilized to, though we cognize immoderate find this plan motif intolerable to ignore.

The remainder of the styling is an improvement of the aged NX, and wide it’s handsome successful a somewhat nondescript way.

WATCH: Paul’s video reappraisal of the NX350h F Sport AWD

How overmuch does the Lexus NX350h Sports Luxury cost?

The scope opens astatine $60,800 earlier on-road costs for the naturally-aspirated NX250, disposable exclusively successful a single, unnamed trim level.

The hybrid NX350h is the adjacent astir affordable powertrain, and is offered successful Luxury, F Sport and Sports Luxury trims with a prime of front- oregon all-wheel drive. All-wheel thrust models are besides disposable with Enhancement Pack enactment bundles.

Our tester is the NX350h Sports Luxury front-wheel drive, which is priced identically to the F Sport FWD astatine $73,100 earlier on-road costs.

All-wheel thrust adds an other $4800 to the terms tag, and if you privation to splurge you tin adhd a panoramic sunroof for an other $3000 oregon the Enhancement Pack 2 for an other $6000. Neither of these options are disposable connected the front-wheel thrust model.

All-paw versions are priced identically to the turbocharged NX350, portion astatine the apical of the NX scope sits the NX450h+ plug-in hybrid, offered exclusively successful F Sport guise present successful Australia.

Our tester included optional Sonic Quartz premium paint, priced astatine $1750, bringing the drive-away terms to $81,570 based connected a Sydney station code.

The NX450h+ has plentifulness of plug-in hybrid rivals successful this segment, but the hybrid NX350h has efficaciously nary nonstop competition.

Similarly priced, non-hybrid competitors include:

Prices exclude on-road costs

The NX350h, adjacent successful apical Sports Luxury trim, truthful undercuts the likes of the X3 and GLC by a important margin, portion the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Alfa Romeo Stelvio are much costly still.

Tougher contention comes from the Q5, GV70 and XC60. The Volvo and Audi person little modular instrumentality but modular all-wheel thrust for an astir identical price, portion the GV70 is the worth play with a little terms – if astatine the disbursal of items similar adaptive LED headlights and a head-up display, which are alternatively bundled into a costly enactment package.

What is the Lexus NX350h Sports Luxury similar connected the inside?

While Lexus has a vaunted estimation for quality, our tester wasn’t without its physique prime foibles.

There was a persistent crinkling dependable coming from determination connected the right-hand broadside of the dashboard, which dissimilar immoderate rattles and creaks was audible adjacent erstwhile driving connected creaseless surfaces.

There’s besides a spot of wide spread wherever the precocious and little halves of the dashboard meet, connected the left-hand broadside of the centre stack, and the trim has a spot of give.

Otherwise, physique and worldly prime successful the NX350h is top-notch. The doors adjacent with a coagulated thunk, stalks are nicely damped, leather-look trim is utilized connected the sides of the centre console, soft-touch trim is applied connected the apical of the dash and doors, portion the paddles and switchgear are tactile.

There’s a spot excessively overmuch smudge-prone gloss achromatic trim, portion acheronian wood trim is utilized sparingly. We wouldn’t caput seeing much of the second arsenic it’s rather classy, particularly with its subtle ambient backlighting.

Our tester had a achromatic interior, which was alternatively boring considering the Sports Luxury besides offers red, hazel and two-tone achromatic and affluent pick interiors. If you take the achromatic interior implicit immoderate of those, I’m acrophobic we don’t person overmuch successful common.

Regardless of your chosen colourway, the seats are trimmed successful supple leather upholstery. The seats successful the Sports Luxury are genuinely comfortable.

Other than a headliner that could look a interaction much premium, this is simply a nicely presented cabin.

The infotainment strategy is simply a highlight, measuring 14 inches and boasting crisp graphics.

The cloud-based navigation successful peculiar is simply a delight to behold, though to maximise its surface existent property Lexus removes the spot heating and ventilation controls successful representation mode. These alternatively look connected each different surface and, dissimilar different Lexus products, determination are nary carnal controls for these.

There are, however, carnal dials for adjusting each somesthesia zone, and these are tactile knurled dials with small displays successful the centre.

There’s a dependable adjunct – activated by saying “Hey Lexus” – which you tin usage for functions similar adjusting the clime control. On 1 juncture we had issues with it not knowing elemental commands, but mostly it works well.

Music is pumped done each 17 speakers of the Mark Levinson dependable strategy and, portion the modular NX dependable strategy is decent, this takes your euphony acquisition to the adjacent level.

Underneath the clime controls are a brace of aerial vents, portion underneath these is an unfastened cubby that we conflict to find an due usage for – there’s nary screen for it, it’s not rubberised, and it won’t acceptable a phone. Below this is the wireless charging pad, underneath which sits a retention cubby that really is useful.

Soft achromatic ambient lighting illuminates the charging pad, with Lexus eschewing Mercedes-Benz’s vibrant interior airy amusement for thing much subtle.

Other retention includes an acceptably sized mitt compartment that’s inactive mostly taken up by an highly heavy owner’s manual pouch, positive vessel holders successful the doors that tin acceptable 1L bottles, a centre console bin that’s comparatively deep, a lined sunglass holder and a tiny lined cubby down a screen to the right-hand broadside of the steering wheel.

The instrumentality clump features an 8.0-inch integer surface flanked by analogue substance level and motor somesthesia gauges. It mightn’t beryllium the flashiest set-up successful this people but it’s neat, legible, and works well.

The head-up show is detailed, and determination are antithetic layouts if you privation much oregon little accusation displayed.

On each broadside of the steering instrumentality you’ll find touch-sensitive controls marked with arrows, and lightly touching immoderate of these volition amusement successful the head-up show what these functions control. This does mean thing arsenic elemental arsenic skipping a opus way requires an other fastener push.

Stepping into the rear, there’s plentifulness of headroom and legroom though there’s a spot of a driveline hump cutting into centre-seat legroom. It’s not the astir spacious 2nd enactment successful the segment, but it’s hospitable.

Rear-seat amenities see aerial vents, a fold-down armrest with cupholders, a 12V outlet, and 2 USB-C outlets, arsenic good arsenic vessel holders successful the doors and representation pockets connected the seatbacks. The rear seats divided and fold 60/40, portion determination are 3 top-tether and 2 ISOFIX anchor points for kid seats.

The NX350h uses run-flats and truthful there’s nary spare wheel. That’s freed up abstraction for a bid of compartments nether the load bay floor, which are a useful spot to unafraid valuables; the netted sections connected either broadside of the footwear level besides proved useful erstwhile market shopping.

Boot abstraction measures 520L, expanding to 1141L with the rear seats dropped.

We admit the NX350h’s classy chimes and the highly subtle audible overspeed alerts – instrumentality enactment connected that past one, Hyundai – but, arsenic we did with our NX250 tester, we noticed an antithetic beeping occasionally erstwhile locking the vehicle.

Locking with the proximity pad connected the doorway grip usually results successful the classical Toyota/Lexus beep, but sometimes it would beep respective times for nary evident reason.

The e-latch handles person a beauteous consciousness to them, though we cognize they’re precise overmuch an acquired taste. I’m little of a instrumentality of the cogwheel selector, which tin beryllium a spot finicky to use.

What’s nether the bonnet?

The NX350h has a 2.5-litre four-cylinder hybrid powertrain with a full strategy powerfulness output of 179kW.

The petrol centrifugal produces 140kW and 239Nm, portion the electrical centrifugal produces 134kW and 270Nm, but there’s nary combined torque fig quoted.

Over a loop consisting of inner-city, suburban and road driving, we averaged a thrifty 4.9 litres per 100km – 0.1L/100km amended than the authoritative combined claim. Over the people of a week, this accrued to 5.8 litres per 100km.

That’s much businesslike than immoderate rival not powered by a diesel engine. The NX350h does, however, necessitate 95 RON premium unleaded fuel.

Braked towing capableness is 1500kg successful each NX350h models, compared with 1000kg for each different NX powertrains. Unbraked towing capableness is 500kg.

How does the Lexus NX350h Sports Luxury drive?

With 4 powertrains connected offer, the NX scope has nary shortage of variety.

The NX350h’s powertrain represents the champion equilibrium of immoderate successful the NX line-up successful presumption of performance, substance ratio and affordability, but the NX350h Sports Luxury isn’t the best-balanced subordinate of the range.

That’s down to its ride. Sitting connected 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped successful run-flat tyres with passive suspension, the Sports Luxury lacks the pliancy of the basal Luxury and its 18s oregon the adjustability of the F Sport which, portion besides shod with 20-inch wheels, has the payment of adaptive suspension.

That’s not to accidental the Sports Luxury rides similar a buckboard, but the bigger wheels impact the secondary ride.

The superior thrust is mostly bully – it’s somewhat softly sprung, but it mostly stays rather planted adjacent implicit much undulating roadworthy surfaces.

It’s erstwhile you brushwood ruts and imperfections successful the roadworthy wherever you’ll find the thrust suffers, with immoderate sharper impacts making their mode into the cabin.

The steering has a bully value to it but it’s lacking somewhat successful feel, and switching betwixt thrust modes efficaciously does thing to the steering.

On a winding road, the NX350h proves competent if unexciting. Body rotation is well-controlled and turn-in is reasonably sharp, but successful presumption of handling the Sports Luxury is much Luxury than Sports.

Dynamically, the NX350h’s strongest property is its powertrain. While a hybrid four-cylinder and an e-CVT sounds similar a look for rev flare and motor drone, the NX350h proves nicely hushed.

For that matter, upwind and tyre sound is besides subdued, adjacent astatine precocious speeds oregon connected coarser-chip roads.

The modulation betwixt electrical and petrol powerfulness is smooth. The NX350h tin run purely connected electrical powerfulness astatine debased speeds earlier the petrol centrifugal kicks in. The electrical centrifugal and petrol motor enactment unneurotic nether harder acceleration, and the NX350h has a consciousness somewhat akin to that of a turbocharged engine.

An EV airy volition illuminate successful the instrumentality clump erstwhile the petrol motor isn’t being used, portion regenerative braking tops up the artillery erstwhile you brake oregon fto your ft disconnected the accelerator.

Sport mode does amended responsiveness but it’s hardly necessary, portion activating it tin besides invited the occasional unwanted wheelspin.

The lane-keep assistance works good without feeling overly intrusive, portion the Lane Tracing Assist – progressive lone erstwhile the adaptive cruise power is – takes complaint admirably.

While the strategy volition rightfully admonish you for taking your hands disconnected the wheel, it proved much than susceptible of keeping the car centred successful its lane adjacent connected curved sections of highways with fundamentally nary operator input.

What bash you get?

NX350h Luxury highlights:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • 9.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • 8.0-inch operator display
  • Satellite navigation
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
  • DAB+ integer radio
  • 10-speaker dependable system
  • Power tailgate
  • Dual-zone clime control
  • Lexus Climate Concierge
  • Heated beforehand seats
  • 8-way powerfulness beforehand seats with two-way driver’s lumbar support
  • Keyless introduction and start
  • Electro-chromatic rear-view mirror
  • LED headlights with auto-levelling
  • Automatic high-beam
  • Selectable thrust modes
  • Lexus Connected Services

An optional Enhancement Pack adds a single-pane sunroof, hands-free powerfulness tailgate, and wireless telephone charging.

NX350h Sports Luxury, F Sport add:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • 14.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • “High-grade” 8.0-inch driver’s display
  • Colour head-up display
  • Surround-view cameras
  • Ventilated beforehand seats
  • Wireless telephone charging
  • Power driver’s spot with memory
  • Tri-beam LED headlights with adaptive high-beam

NX Sport Luxury circumstantial features:

  • Digital rear-view mirror
  • 17-speaker Mark Levinson dependable system
  • Sumi achromatic walnut trim

NX F Sport circumstantial features:

  • Adaptive suspension
  • F Sport show dampers
  • F Sport seats
  • F Sport pedals, scuff plates, steering instrumentality and shifter
  • F Sport grille and bumpers
  • Selectable thrust modes including Sport S+ and Custom
  • Hadori aluminium trim

Opting for all-wheel thrust versions opens up a brace of enactment packages.

Enhancement Pack 1 adds:

  • Panoramic sunroof

Enhancement Pack 2 adds:

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Semi-autonomous parking assist
  • Heated rear seats (Sports Luxury)
  • 60/40 power-folding rear seats (Sports Luxury)
  • Digital rear-view reflector (F Sport)
  • 17-speaker Mark Levinson dependable strategy (F Sport)

Is the Lexus NX350h Sports Luxury safe?

The caller Lexus NX was precocious awarded a five-star ANCAP information standing with a 2022 day stamp, based connected tests conducted by Euro NCAP earlier this year.

It received scores of 91 per cent for big occupant protection, 89 per cent for kid occupant protection, 83 per cent for susceptible roadworthy idiosyncratic protection, and 92 per cent for information assist.

Standard information instrumentality includes:

  • Autonomous exigency braking (AEB)
    • Pedestrian detection (day/night)
    • Cyclist detection (day)
    • Junction assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane support assist
  • Lane Tracing Assist (centring)
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic assist
  • Adaptive cruise power with stop/go
  • Emergency Steering Assist
  • Safe exit assist
  • Traffic motion recognition
  • Reversing camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • 10 airbags
    • incl. driver’s genu and front-centre inflators

NX F Sport, Sports Luxury add:

  • Surround-view camera system

How overmuch does the Lexus NX350h Sports Luxury outgo to run?

All Lexus models are covered by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.

Servicing is required each 12 months oregon 15,000km, whichever comes first. Lexus offers capped-price servicing for the archetypal 3 years of ownership, with each work priced astatine $495.

The car tin beryllium collected from the owner’s location oregon spot of work, with a complimentary indebtedness conveyance delivered door-to-door. As an owner, you besides get entree to the Lexus Encore ownership program, which gives owners entree to Caltex substance discounts, invitations to luxury dinners and events, arsenic good arsenic luxury edifice concern benefits.

While the NX’s three-year work connection pales against the disposable five-year work plans of the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, the idiosyncratic terms of each work is comparable. All of these vehicles autumn good abbreviated of the Genesis GV70, however, with its 5 years of escaped scheduled servicing.

CarExpert’s Take connected the Lexus NX350h Sports Luxury

If you privation sub-6L/100km substance system successful a mid-sized premium SUV without getting a diesel oregon pricier plug-in hybrid, the NX350h is your lone option.

Fortunately, it’s a precise bully one.

The hybrid powertrain impresses with its flexible, punchy performance, its refinement and, naturally, its debased substance consumption. It’s apt to beryllium the measurement seller of the NX range, and with bully reason.

It’s a pity the Sports Luxury rides connected 20-inch alloy wheels, arsenic these harm thrust prime that’s genuinely bully connected the Luxury’s 18-inch wheels. It’s for this crushed we’d beryllium inclined to steer you towards the F Sport with its adaptive suspension.

Opting for all-wheel thrust opens up further enactment packages, allowing you to, for example, adhd the Mark Levinson dependable strategy to the F Sport, oregon features similar a panoramic sunroof oregon semi-autonomous parking assistance to the F Sport oregon Sports Luxury.

Don’t get carried distant and the NX350h represents bully worth for wealth successful its segment. It mightn’t beryllium arsenic engaging to thrust arsenic a BMW X3 oregon connection arsenic awesome an after-sales bundle arsenic a Genesis GV70, but it has a comfy cabin, slick infotainment and Lexus’ estimation for prime and reliability.

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