So whenever did Lexus ever make a sub standard vehicle? Never is the answer. 

Without doubt they are probably the best car manufacturing in the world and most drivers would love to become owners of these prestige cars.

Lexus is the luxury vehicle division of the Japanese automaker Toyota and the Lexus brand is marketed in more than 70 countries and territories worldwide. It is Japan’s largest-selling make of premium cars and every new Lexus is eligible to be covered by up to a 10 year manufacturer’s warranty and up to 100,000 miles.

Beat that then. Surely you are in a safe pair of hands with a Lexus!

I have been running round in the Lexus UX for a test drive and while it is expensive it is probably regarded as one of the best compact SUVs you can buy.

The UX has certainly been one of the best cars of 2021 with its high standards throughout, bags of safety equipment plus superb driving quality.

There are three drivetrains – the 2.0-litre petrol-electric hybrid system that sends power to the front wheels; the second which is also a petrol-electric hybrid but is four-wheel-drive and the fully-electric 300 e which arrived towards the end of last year. 

Prices range from £29,000 to £42,000 and £50,000 plus for the flagship battery-powered mode. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine model for the front wheel drive hybrids is mated to an electric motor which gives you a total system output of 180bhp and 190Nm. This means 0-62mph in less than nine seconds and a top speed of 110mph. 

The CVT automatic transmission used in the petrol-hybrid models verges on brilliance making driving both easy with gear changing both smooth and seamless. Of course the electric UXs come with a single-speed automatic transmission so there are no gear changes to cause you a problem.

The level of standard specs is high which includes a vast array of devices and there are three trim levels – UX, F Sport and Takumi, plus a number of optional extra packs. 

There is both smooth styling and a smart interior throughout and on the fuel economy front means you get 50 miles to the gallon. As for emissions, Lexus say that two-wheel-drive models will emit between 128 and 120 g/km of CO2, while all-wheel-drive versions will produce 136 to 137g/km.

Regarding tax, those models which emit under 130g/km will cost £175 in year one and £150 per year thereafter. The higher polluters will cost £215 for the first year and £150 from then on. Also, any new car that costs more than £40,000 is taxed an additional £325 for the second, third, fourth and fifth years it is on the road. 

There has been some criticism of the UX about its passenger space, while there’s plenty of room in the front but not in the back. But its rare for four people to be in one car at the same time and certainly there is no problem for the shorter journeys.

The boot is perfectly all right with no awkward load lip at its entrance and there is under-floor storage as well. Passenger storage is more than sufficient with a small glovebox and front door bins with a decent bin under the central armrest and two cup holders. Rear-seat passengers have two map pockets.

The seats have three finishes: fabric, leather or a combination of the two – there are also nine colours to choose from. 

Both the seven-inch infotainment and the 10.25-inch version are excellent and easy to work and there is the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems across the range. There is also the Mark Levinson 13-speaker premium surround sound system which is one of the best audios in the segment.