NX generation

NX generation

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
13 Jan 2015
What we like:
Striking good looks
excellent driving dynamics and sharp steering response.
What we dislike:
Smaller boot compared to its rivals.

For now, the NX is only being offered in the hybrid variant which is the NX300h tested here. In a few months though, Lexus will be releasing the NX200t with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that will rival the Porsche Macan.

Till then, we’ve got the 2.5-litre four cylinder under the bonnet that’s paired with an electric motor. Together the pair produce 194bhp with 210Nm from 4,200rpm. The NX accelerates to 100kmh in 9.2 seconds which is decent considering it tips the scales at 1.9 tons.

On the road, the NX handles unlike its RX predecessors and is considerably sharp for a SUV. The car tracks well around corners and maintains a surprising amount of lateral grip. The steering also proves to be accurate as well.

Compared to the RX series, the NX is considerably firmer but not in a bad way. While the RX SUVs used to lean over in the bends, the NX maintains its body control. Even on the expressway, the ride is taut with none of the rolling and pitching associated with the RX.


There’s no doubt that NX will gather significant sales based on its looks alone. But that’s not to say it’s all show either. It offers a level of driving dynamics never before seen in a Lexus SUV and that’s something it can shout about.

Impressive as it is now, the turbocharged variant will be the one to see when it goes head to head with the Porsche Macan 2.0.

Credits: Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline

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