The interior of the Lexus UX is one of its strongest points, where high-quality materials adorn every surface, and style is fore of thought. There are loads of features, and accessing them is a lot easier now that the infotainment system has been updated from the previous clunky setup. The dashboard is quite clean, though the steering wheel could be less busy. The strangest features are the drive mode knobs that stick out above the instrument cluster hood. While seating space in the rear is tight, those up front won't have much to complain about.
While it may look good, interior space isn't overly generous. Front-seat passengers get around 37 inches of headroom, which drops to 36 inches with the moonroof installed. This should be enough for most people, and the 42 inches of legroom is quite generous. But seating in the rear is more problematic. The headroom remains the same at 36 inches, but there is only 33.1 inches of legroom. As such, the second row is not an ideal palace for adults - especially not taller ones. The front seats are power-adjustable in eight directions, and heating and ventilation are made available in the Premium and F Sport Handling trims.
|Lexus UX Hybrid Trims||UX 250h||UX 250h F SPORT DESIGN||UX 250h PREMIUM||UX 250h F SPORT HANDLING|
|Headroom Front Seat||37.2 in.||35.7 in.||35.7 in.||35 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||36.3 in.||36.3 in.||36.3 in.||36.3 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||42.1 in.||42.1 in.||42.1 in.||42.1 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||33.1 in.||33.1 in.||33.1 in.||33.1 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||55.1 in.||55.1 in.||55.1 in.||55.1 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||52.9 in.||52.9 in.||52.9 in.||52.9 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||53.8 in.||53.8 in.||53.8 in.||53.8 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||52.3 in.||52.3 in.||52.3 in.||52.3 in.|
It would be hard to fault Lexus for the quality of the materials found around the cabin. The dash and door panels are covered in soft-touch materials, while the seats are upholstered in NuLuxe synthetic leather. Interior colors for the UX Hybrid in the base trim include Black or Birch paired with Black dash trim. The Premium trim sees the upholstery perforated and Palomino added as an extra choice of hue, while the F Sport Design gets a Birch/Lapis color scheme instead. New for this year, the F Sport Handling gets Black on Black in a slightly different design or Circuit Red with Black. Some color combinations are limited by the exterior scheme you choose, however
The UX Hybrid has 17.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. This may be more than the Volvo XC40, but it comes in under rivals like the Audi Q3 and the BMW X1, both of which offer upwards of 23 cubes behind the back row. In the Lexus UX Hybrid, the back seats also fold in a 60/40 split if you need to load longer objects.
Small items are taken care of by reasonably sized door pockets up front, two cupholders near the gear shifter, and a tray where the wireless charging pad can be placed ahead of these. The rear is less accommodating of your knick-knacks, and you'll have to make to with seatback pockets and a small space by the armrests .
The tech offering is quite comprehensive, even on the base model, including keyless access with push-button start, dual-zone climate control, and eight-way power front seats. The safety features are just as generous, with a backup camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, lane tracing, and steering assist. All models barring the F Sport Handling, get a seven-inch color display for the driver's information, but the top-spec model gets an eight-inch unity.
A power tilt-and-slide moonroof can be optioned, though it is standard on upper trims, as are heated and ventilated front seats, and a power liftgate with a kick sensor. A head-up display is also available.
The freshly updated infotainment suite now comprises an eight-inch touchscreen that includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, Safety Connect and the Lexus app, which allows for remote engine start. Six speakers come as standard, but the premium sound system on the F Sport Handling comprises ten speakers. It also gets a wireless charger and a larger 12.3-inch touchscreen. The latter can be optioned on to Premium cars, too.
With all the seats up, there is just 17.1 cubic feet of cargo space. Luckily, the rear seats can be folded down in a 60/40 split to create room for additional bags or larger items.
There are a total of five seats in the cabin, though the rear seats are a little cramped and not ideal for larger adults.
There are two cupholders in the front and another pair in the back.