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2021 Lexus UX 200 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: November 19, 2020

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When the talk is about the luxury brand, then Lexus does hold a position on the list. Lexus is a brand that provides excellent luxury, comfort, safety, and many at a competitive price. Introduced in March 2018 at the Geneva motor show, this subcompact SUV is equipped with decent power, incredible mileage, and superior performance. The compact Lexus design is kept appealing and enticing with their signature Lexus grille the same as their other vehicles.

The 2021 UX 200 has a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 169 horsepower and drives the front wheels (FWD) through continuous variable transmission (CVT). The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of a Lexus UX 200 starts at $32,300, which is then subject to a destination charge of $1,025, bringing the total to $33,325. The F Sport version is $35,325, while the Luxury version comes in at $38,525. The Lexus UX starts cheaper than rivals like the Audi Q3, Volvo XC40, BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA 250, and Jaguar E-Pace.

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Pros

Comfortable ride

Decent driving manners

Terrific fuel economy

The cabin is nicely appointed

Cons

Not as powerful as rivals

Frustrating infotainment controls

Price climbs with options

What's New?

Improvements made to accelerator response for 2021 UX 200

Dropping exterior paint colors Autumn Shimmer, Silver Lining Metallic

Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert now standard


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Ratings

Features

7.8

Engine And Performance

7.3

Fuel Economy

7.5

Interior

8.6

Exterior

7.3

Safety

7.9

Competition

7.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

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Expert Review

7.6

Overall Rating


The 2021 Lexus UX 200 is the least expensive way of getting into a brand-new Lexus. As a bonus, it's also a crossover SUV, that most desired of vehicles. But it's a small crossover. However, it still enjoys the signature Lexus styling language and the usual high levels of build quality and standard equipment. It may offer less space inside than its rivals, but the UX is the only vehicle in the subcompact luxury crossover segment to offer a hybrid model. 


7.8/10
Features

7.3/10
Engine and Performance

7.5/10
Fuel Economy

8.6/10
Interior

7.3/10
Exterior

7.9/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2021 Lexus UX 200 Features

7.8/10

Lexus offers its subcompact crossover luxury SUV in three trim levels, namely the base, F Sport and Luxury. Each can be specified as either gasoline-engined or hybrid-powered, with the former noted as 200 with FWD, and the latter as 250h(reviewed separately) with AWD.

The base model offers a number of impressive standard features, which gives it the edge over some of its competitors such as the BMW X1, which reserves the same features for the options list. 

Model

Base

F Sport

Luxury

MSRP

$32,900

$34,900

$37,600

Key Features

17.1 Foot turning radius

All the standard features

All the standard features

 

Lexus safety system+ 2.0

Heated and ventilated

seats

Power rear door with

Kick sensor

 

Bucket front seats

Rain-sensing windshield

wipers

LED-illuminated air-vent

knobs

 

6-speakers audio system

F Sport front seats

with enhanced Bolsters

Lexus memory system

 

Lane Departure

Warning Accident

Avoidance Systems

F Sport exterior styling

 
 

Adaptive cruise control

   

The Base trim of Lexus UX 200 offers standard features like Bucket front seats, Adaptive cruise control, Lexus safety system+ 2.0, 6-speakers audio system, Lane Departure Warning Accident Avoidance Systems, and it also has 17.1 Foot turning radius.

The F Sport trim gets several appearance and performance upgrades that turn it into a more focused driving machine. Over and above the features you get on the base model, the F Sport includes LED fog lamps and cornering lamps, F Sport bucket seats, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, a sport-tuned suspension setup, 18-inch five-spoke wheels, as well as active sound control, and performance-inspired digital gauges.

The top-end Luxury trim of Lexus UX 200 holds many top-line features such as a Lexus memory system, power rear door with kick sensor, LED-illuminated air-vent knobs, and also many add-on features like Color Heads-up display, wireless charger, intuitive parking assist with rear-cross traffic braking, heated leather-trimmed steering wheel, and many more to make your vehicle more worthy.

2021 Lexus UX 200 Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

Lexus has forged an enviable reputation for reliability and customer care, and these are among the brand's key attributes. The Japanese premium brand also enjoys a reputation for technology and sophistication, to which the UX's long list of standard and optional safety equipment lends credence. 

The Lexus UX benefits from excellent reliability as the Consumer Reports testing resulted in a perfect score. The test noted that the engine, transmission, and all other major components should stand the test of time.

Reliability and Ownership Costs

Lexus regains some serious ground for reliability over rivals such as Range Rover and Volvo, though. As a manufacturer, it finished second in the What Car? Reliability Survey covered 31 manufacturers — Volvo finished mid-table, and Land Rover was second from bottom. So while the UX's three-year/ 60,000-mile warranty is far from generous, chances are you'll not need to make use of it. 

The 2020 Lexus UX has a stellar predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power. The score for quality and reliability is at 88 out of 100, which is expected since it has a parent brand as Toyota. The dealership experience score is also great at 86 out of 100. 

The price of the Lexus UX 200 does differ due to taxation and some extra charges. The average cost of a Lexus UX 200 is $32,900, but in Washington, Arizona, Florida, California, and New Jersey, it will differ from $3,000 more or less.

Washington

$32,900

Florida

$35,705

California

$34,925

New Jersey

$32,150

Arizona

$34,115

The UX utilizes the Toyota CH-R’s platform, and, as a result, parts availability for long term maintenance should be widespread. In terms of ownership cost, the brand new Lexus UX 200 will cost you around $50,000 in 5 years; though the figure is not revealed, it will reflect somewhere near to it.

According to the NHTSA, the 2020 Lexus UX 200 is rated 5 out of 5 for overall safety without any recalls and complaints. It shows that this car’s structure is durable, and the strength of this vehicle is robust.

Warranty

Lexus is known for building cars that will happily sail past the one million mile mark with essential maintenance. The warranty period offered by Lexus is quite remarkable in comparison. The limited warranty period covers four years or 50,000 miles, and the powertrain warranty covers six years or 70,000 miles. The powertrain period of this vehicle is incomparable in the segment.

Criteria

Period

Limited warranty

Four years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain warranty

Six years/ 70,000 miles; whichever is earlier

24-hour roadside assistance

One year/ 10,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Fixed-price servicing is available for all Lexus models; we’d expect the UX to require a primary service every 20,000 miles and an intermediate service every 10,000 miles. The powertrain warranty offered by Lexus is way more than what rivals have to offer. But the complimentary maintenance period for this kind of premium car should be pushed more.

2021 Lexus UX 200 Buying Advice

Most buyers should stick with the base trim. The F Sport’s performance upgrades don't make the UX much sportier, and just about any feature offered in this Lexus can be added to the base model. 

If you are looking for an all-wheel-drive, you'll need to check out the UX Hybrid, which we review separately. A Premium package ($1,675) for the 2020 UX adds a power tilt/slide moonroof, heated/ventilated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Do get it.

Is buying a used Lexus UX 200 SUV car a good idea?

The Lexus UX debuted in 2019, so you may have trouble finding any used models. If you do, they won't be much different from the 2020 model, as there are only a couple of notable changes for this year. Android Auto now comes standard in the UX, and blind-spot monitoring is now available.

2021 Lexus UX 200 Engine and Performance

7.3/10

The 2021 UX 200 has a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 169 horsepower and drives the front wheels (FWD) through continuous variable transmission (CVT). This latter item has a traditional first gear before clicking over automatically to CVT mode. It counteracts the much-despised “rubber-band” feel that typically plagues this kind of transmission.

There's no getting away from the fact that you need to keep the engine boiling at the top of its rev range to make any serious headway. This can get tedious when overtaking or merging onto the highway. The engine is quiet most of the time, but it sounds a bit rough under full load. Luckily, Lexus employs an Active Sound Control system to pump in a bit of fake engine noise, which sounds better than the four-cylinder groan from under the hood.

Models

2021 Lexus UX 200

2021 Volvo XC40

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

2021 BMW X1

MSRP

$32,900

$34,345

$37,250

$70,145

Engine

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

Turbocharged 2.0L Inline-4

2.0L intercooled Turbocharged premium Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

Continuously variable-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power 

169hp @ 6600rpm

187hp @ 4700rpm

221hp @ 5000rpm

232hp @ 5000rpm

Torque 

151lb-ft @ 4800rpm

221lb-ft @ 1400rpm

258lb-ft @ 1700rpm

258lb-ft @ 1450rpm

The UX is more fun to drive than the XC 40 and runs the BMW X1 close. What's more, the car's impressive resistance to lean in corners doesn't come at the expense of a hard ride, at least not with the optional adaptive damping system fitted. Lexus and Volvo come with the same 2.0L Inline-4 engine, but the power generated by Volvo XC40 is more than Lexus UX. Even the Mercedes-Benz stands second with its 221 hp power.

2021 Lexus UX 200 Acceleration And Braking Performance

Lexus UX’s 2.0L Inline-4 engine generates decent power, which helps the compact SUV complete a 0-60 mph sprint in 8.6 secs. The quarter-mile sprint is completed in 16.6 secs; these figures are not the quickest but stand out to be decent. This vehicle will get you from point A to point B, but it takes its time.

The Lexus UX handles the speed with 12 inches front and 11.1 inches rear brakes. It can manage to stop from 60-0 mph in just 129 feet, which is quite impressive. Brake feel is reassuring, which helps make the UX easy to drive. Emergency braking performance, however, is lacking.

Models

2021 Lexus UX 200

2021 Volvo XC40

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

2021 BMW X1

0-60 MPH (secs)

8.6

6.7

6.8

6.6

Quarter Mile (secs)

16.6

15.1

14.9

14.1

Top Speed (MPH)

118

130

130

137

60-0 MPH ( ft )

129

125

138

122

Most class rivals are more powerful and deliver better acceleration. The tight turning circle and modest dimensions make this a smart choice for running around town, then squeezing into parking spaces that bigger vehicles would drive past.

2021 Lexus UX 200 Fuel Economy

7.5/10

Lexus UX 200 provides a decent mileage figure to riders, 29 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. The combined comes out to be 33 mpg, which is adequate for a premium class compact SUV. With a fuel tank capacity of 12.4 gallons, the UX can easily reach the average range of 409 miles. 

The Lexus UX delivers impressive gas mileage, thanks to a light curb weight and advanced engine efficiency technology. It might not offer a turbo-backed punch, but most UX drivers will accept its performance limitations when they see the gas bill.

Models

2021 Lexus UX 200

2021 Volvo XC40

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

2021 BMW X1

MPG (City)

29

23

25

23

MPG (Highway)

37

33

34

31

MPG (Combined)

33

27

28

26

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

12.4

14.2

16.4

16.1

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (miles)

360/459/409

327/469/383

330/503/450

370/499/419

The fuel tank capacity seems to be small in front of rivals; 12.4 gallons is suitable for a vehicle but looks tiny comparatively. Mercedes-Benz and BMW are great in terms of mileage and also carry big tank capacity. Overall, Lexus UX can help you travel to neighboring cities with its great mileage figures and decent fuel tank capacity.

2021 Lexus UX 200 Interior

8.6/10

The Lexus UX comes into its own once you step inside the cabin, and it's clear to see from the choice of materials and the beautifully executed layout that the UX isn't your ordinary mom 'n pop crossover; it's a decidedly luxurious place to sit in, and the clean and flowing dash feels German in its execution. 

Technically, the Lexus UX is a 5-seater. But since this is a subcompact-crossover SUV, it’s probably better for four people if they’re adult-sized. And not too tall, since rear legroom is only 33.1 inches. The UX comes standard with power-adjustable front seats that offer good headroom without the optional sunroof but just shy of 36 inches of head room with it. 

Model

2021

Lexus UX 200

2021 Volvo XC40

2021

Mercedes-Benz

GLA 250

2021 BMW X1

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.2/55.0/42.0

39.0/56.7/40.9

40.1/55.5/41.3

41.9/55.6/40.4

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.3/52.9/33.1

39.1/56.3/36.1

38.4/54.4/38.4

39.4/55.2/37

Overall, the Lexus UX provides decent cabin space, the headroom and shoulder room offered in both front and rear seats are not more than rivals but are quite acceptable. The BMW comes with generous. space. All the cars hold an adequate amount of space for the passengers.

As raw totals go, the UX's 21.7 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats isn't wrong for the luxury subcompact SUV class. That's enough space for some carry-on luggage or grocery bags. The raked tailgate and high cargo floor can both cause issues when loading large or heavy items, though.

How’s the 2021 Lexus UX 200’s infotainment system?

Lexus bundles an upsized 10.3-inch screen with navigation, though all versions come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. A center console-mounted touchpad serves as the primary interface, and it’s one user experience that doesn’t live up to the crossover’s UX name. The touchpad and other controls are tucked where they’re hard to see, making matters even worse. 

Other options include an 8-speaker premium audio system, a heads-up display, a self-dimming rearview mirror with universal garage remote, wireless charging, and a heated steering wheel. The infotainment system leaves a lot to be desired. Some of the controls are in unusual locations, such as the audio knobs on the center console. The system's menus are complicated, and the Remote Touch controller is an unwieldy way to make selections.

2021 Lexus UX 200 Exterior

7.3/10

The UX shares its eccentric exterior design with the rest of the Lexus crossover SUV family, including the NX and RX. From the front, it is difficult to ignore the prominent hourglass grille and angular headlights. We like it, but your opinion may differ. The side profile reminds us of Toyota's equally modern-looking C-HR, and the rear-end is neatly wrapped up with a single light bar stretching across the hatch lid. 

To complement this styling are some vivid colors like Cadmium Orange and Redline. The UX has 18-inch alloy wheels as standard. The UX 250h doesn’t shout about its hybrid character but rather whispers it with that lower-case “h” on its rear badge. Otherwise, it’s virtually indistinguishable from the UX 200.

Model

2021

Lexus UX 200

2021 Volvo XC40

2021

Mercedes-Benz

GLA 250

2021 BMW X1

Curb Weight (lbs) 

3307

3629

3296

3713

Length (in)

179.9

177.0

173.6

175.5

Width (in)

70.9

72.4

72.2

71.7

Height (in)

56.5

60.6

63.6

62.9

Ground Clearance (in)

5.3

5.9

7.1

6.8

Wheelbase (in)

106.3

103.9

107.4

105.1

Lexus is relatively long compared to rivals and also has a decent wheelbase. The wide and tall stance of the Mercedes-Benz makes it bulkier and looks like a sleek monster. The same is with BMW; the ground clearance of X1 is also adequate. The Volvo is also quite wide and offers excellent width.

2021 Lexus UX 200 Safety

7.9/10

You'll struggle to find a safer car than the Lexus UX in the subcompact luxury crossover SUV class. After the Lexus UX's reviews from the IIHS and the NHTSA, it is safe to say that the Lexus UX will keep its occupants in one piece even in serious accidents. The NHTSA gave the UX a full five out of five stars, and the IIHS awarded it with their prestigious Top Safety Pick+ rating.

Some of the standard features of Lexus UX are Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Road sign assist, and many more. Also, the add-on package contains some more safety features to make the ride safer.

2021 Lexus UX 200 Competition

7.0/10

2021 Lexus UX 200 Vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

The Mercedes-Benz GLA is significantly more potent than the Lexus UX, and it shows in the driving experience. The GLA's turbocharged four-cylinder puts out 208 horsepower (compared to the UX's 169 hp), and it feels significantly faster. It does take a hit when it comes to fuel economy, but of the two vehicles, the Mercedes is much more fun to drive.

2021 Lexus UX 200 Vs. 2021 BMW X1

Refreshed for 2020, the BMW X1 remains one of our favorite choices in the subcompact luxury SUV segment. It towers over the UX with 228 horsepower and is much more entertaining to drive. The BMW's interior is also expertly crafted with high-quality materials. Fuel economy isn't as impressive in the BMW as it is in the Lexus, and the starting price is a bit higher, but we think it's worth the added cost.

2021 Lexus UX 200 Final Verdict

It's easy to write off the Lexus UX; it's the mostly forgettable driving experience. Not-for-everyone styling is tough to get excited about when there are many exciting options in this crowded segment. On the other hand, the UX arguably offers a better value-for-money equation than its rivals, with all the technology and style some customers are looking for in what may be their first luxury car.

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2021 Lexus UX 200 Overall Reviews


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Charles J. Daniels

2020 Lexus UX 200

4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Lexus UX200 2020

Pros - Smooth transmission, sporty handling, sleek boxy design

Cons - There is nothing

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

So this car actually has the best handling among all the other cars I've driven. So easy to manuever it in city or park it in those tight spaces. Transmission would be the second best thing which never lets you know anything that you didn't ask for

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
10/10
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Santos L. Murray

2020 Lexus UX 200

Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Lexus it is then!

Pros - 1) Green pearl paint job 2)That everything is inclined towards driver 3)Parking assist

Cons - 1) Pricing 2)Smaller touch screen 3)Hvac buttons look oddly placed

Overall Review

9 /10 Overall Rating

For starters, this car looks amazing on the road because of the design and the distinctive green paint job with no scope for better quality. Talking about the driving, its somewhere in between the family sedan and a sporty solo sprinter.

8/10
Features
8/10
Interior
10/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
6/10
Dealer Review

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Used Lexus UX 200 for Sale

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2020 Lexus UX 200 0 Great Deals Out of 87 $30,500 87 Listings
2019 Lexus UX 200 2 Great Deals Out of 55 $26,888 55 Listings

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User Overall Rating

Lexus UX200 2020

So this car actually has the best handling among all the other cars I've driven. So easy to manuever it in city or park it in those tight spaces. Transmission would be the second best thing which never lets you know anything that you didn't ask for

by Charles J. Daniels

9

User Overall Rating

Lexus it is then!

For starters, this car looks amazing on the road because of the design and the distinctive green paint job with no scope for better quality. Talking about the driving, its somewhere in between the family sedan and a sporty solo sprinter.

by Santos L. Murray

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