Lexus NX300h Review & Ratings
- 15 February 2018
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
A RECENT HALF-TERM holiday in France showed the NX in a new light. On UK roads, its ride doesn’t always settle down, and it can occasionally thump into potholes too, but over the Channel all was calm.
There was also noticeably less road noise, so we set the driving mode to Eco, the cruise control to the legal limit, and sat back to enjoy a quick and peaceful journey.
Alas, such bliss wasn’t to last. Our destination was Annecy, 540 miles from Calais, but long before we got anywhere near there it became apparent that the NX had developed a bit of a thirst. Filling up the tank revealed its fuel consumption to be a disappointing 28mpg, a figure we were to repeat again later on. With a fuel tank capacity of just 56 litres, this meant frequent pit stops.
This shows at higher speeds our hybrid system isn’t really helping out much, leaving a large and heavy car to be being propelled by a petrol engine alone.
In fairness, the NX was fully loaded up. Back in the UK, we had doubts about its suitability for the holiday. The boot, at 475 litres, is a little smaller than rivals like the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 offer, and, despite very careful packing, it didn’t take long to fill it. This left a great deal of the remaining holiday paraphernalia to be littered around the car’s interior, mostly around the passengers, on the empty middle rear seat and on the floor.
Once we arrived, though, the NX proved an ideal holiday workhorse. We pottered quietly through the pretty villages that border Lake Annecy, with the NX’s climate control keeping us cool and the economy improving to 34mpg.