Lexus, an innovator in luxury utility vehicles, introduces its newest addition to the lineup, the 2019 UX. It offers the brand’s innovative luxury and safety in a package that combines charismatic new design elements and ultra-efficient new powertrains. For many customers, the UX 200 will not only be their first Lexus, but also their first luxury vehicle.
The UX name is derived from the design team’s guiding concept and describes the vehicle’s mission: Urban + X-over (crossover). Infused with dynamic attitude, the 2019 Lexus UX is engineered to deliver quick and engaging driving with a Lexus-smooth demeanor, making it a unique entry in the luxury compact crossover segment.
The 2019 Lexus UX 200 is a leap forward in the compact luxury crossover segment. The signature grille, though sharing its basic form with other Lexus models, is unique to the UX. It features a new block-shape mesh pattern with individual elements that gradually change in shape as they radiate out from the central Lexus emblem. The grille creates an intriguing three-dimensional appearance that changes with the viewing angle.
The headlamp design completes the UX’s face, giving it a determined, confident gaze. LED daytime running lights arranged in an arrowhead motif above the headlights complement the Lexus L-shaped lighting signature. These appear like brows above the standard single-projector dual-beam LED headlights or the optional ultra-small 3-projector LED units. The full-width rear lights project a distinctive nighttime signature formed by a sequence of 120 LEDs tapering toward the center, measuring just 1/8” thin at its narrowest point.
The wheel arch moldings that protect the body from flying gravel from the tires and use airflow over their edges to reduce turbulence and lift, contributing to the vehicle’s stability. A similar contribution is made by the rear combination lamps. Unique Aero Stabilizing Blade Lights begin at the top of the rear fenders and span the rear of the vehicle. By guiding airflow around the rear of the UX, this design also reduces turbulence and lift, benefiting vehicle stability when cornering and driving in crosswinds. A wing-type spoiler at the rear edge of the roof, along with a flat underbody, contribute to vehicle quietness, fuel efficiency and aerodynamics.
The 2019 Lexus UX 200 is offered in a palette of 12 exterior colors to accentuate its stunning lines. Two of those colors, Ultra White and Ultra Sonic Blue Mica 2.0, are exclusive to the F SPORT.
Lexus designed the 2019 UX 200 cabin to evoke the feel of a luxury sedan, but with the higher seating position and versatility experienced in a crossover. The materials and workmanship are pure Lexus, combining Japanese traditions in craftsmanship and hospitality with innovative production techniques.
At the same time, the 2019 Lexus UX 200 interior design creates a sense of security suggested by the exterior inspiration. As one example, the form of the interior door shoulders evokes a robust frame, expressing a secure feeling inside the vehicle.
Designers created a feeling of seamless continuity inside the UX. A traditional Japanese concept called engawa, creates an effect where the upper section of the instrument panel appears to extend out beyond the windshield into the fenders, giving the driver an excellent field of vision and a clear sense of the vehicle’s dimensions and tire placement. The engawa effect makes parking in small spaces an easier task. When viewed from outside the vehicle, the hood appears to connect directly to the instrument panel through the windshield, blurring the boundary between interior and exterior.
Entering and exiting the 2019 Lexus UX 200 is made easier through optimal placement of the hip-point and unique shaping of the seat cushion. The human-centered approach shows clearly in the instrument panel low, unobtrusive design and the slim A-pillar moldings, which are shaped to improve visibility. Even with a higher seating position than a standard passenger car, the reduction in distance between the hip and heel points gives the UX driver a feeling of being closer to the road than in a conventional SUV.
Typical of Lexus, the 2019 UX 200 offers a very quiet driving experience with aerodynamic features to reduce common noises for drivers and passengers. Noise reduction is accomplished with a high-strength structure and optimal placement of specially designed sound-absorbing and insulating materials throughout the body.
177.0 in. (4,495 mm)
72.4 in. (1,840 mm)
with roof rail, without shark fin antenna: 59.8 in. (1,520 mm)
with shark fin antenna: 60.6 in. (1,540 mm)
103.9 in. (2,640 mm)
Max Cargo Capacity
17–22 cu ft
3,307 lbs. (1,500 kg)
The 2019 Lexus UX 200 delivers a combination of engaging performance and high efficiency from a new 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Combining revolutionary laser-clad intake valve seats with an all-new intake port profile, high compression ratio (13:1) and D-4S direct plus port fuel injection make this one of the most efficient engines on the market. VVT-iE intelligent variable valve-timing with an electric actuator on the intake side also enhances drivability while reducing emissions. At 169 hp, the UX 200 engine offers output similar to some competitors’ 1.5 liter turbo engines, but with less complexity, less under-hood heat, and lower powerplant weight for better vehicle balance. The engine produces 151 lb-ft of peak torque to give the UX excellent responsiveness in all driving situations.
A continuously variable capacity oil pump and a variable cooling system with an electric water pump contribute to ultra-low internal friction, further maximizing engine performance and fuel efficiency. The cooling system also has two flow-shutting valves to ensure quicker cabin heating on cold days and quicker cool-down when the air conditioner is used. Exhaust heat recirculation enables quick engine warm-up to reduce emissions, while a gas particulate filter provides high-efficiency particulate material removal to EURO6d PN (particulate number) regulations.
The new Direct-Shift Continuously Variable Transmission (DCVT) combines the smooth, fuel-efficient performance of a continuously variable transmission with a more direct driving feel. The key to its distinct performance feel is a mechanical gearset that is used to start from a stand-still and accelerate before handing off to the continuously variable transmission pulley system. The result is direct, linear and quick initial acceleration, while maintaining the benefits of a continuously variable transmission at mid- and higher speeds. Also, because the fixed-ratio first gear reduces the load on the belt and pulleys mechanism for start-off and low-speed driving, the pulleys can be made smaller and lighter while providing a wider range of gear ratios. The result is quicker ratio changes during acceleration and an overall ratio spread that helps maximize fuel efficiency.
Under strong acceleration, the DCVT can freely adjust the transmission ratio to simulate gear changes like a multi-gear automatic transmission. Synchronization of the increasing engine revs and vehicle speed provides a linear acceleration feel.
The 2019 Lexus UX 200 also equipped with Drive Mode Select, which allows the driver to tailor the driving experience by selecting from three different drive modes. Normal mode provides an optimal balance between driving performance and fuel efficiency; ECO mode maximizes fuel savings across all driving conditions by smoothing the throttle response, and by moderating air conditioning operation; Sport Mode delivers quicker throttle response and increased power steering feel.
Inline-four, aluminum block with steel liners, aluminum cylinder head
16-Valve DOHC, VVT-iE (intake), VVT-i (exhaust)
2.0 liter, 1,987 cc (121 in.3 )
Bore x Stroke
80.5 x 97.6 mm (3.17 x 3.84 in.)
169 hp SAE @ 6,600 rpm
151 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm
Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI), D-4S (Direct injection 4-stroke gasoline engine Superior)
Front engine, front-wheel drive
10-speed Direct Shift CVT
Zero to 60 mph
16.6 sec @ 88 mph
Epa Fuel Estimated (mpg)
29 City/ 37 Highway/ 33 Combined
TRIM LEVELS & PRICING
The 2019 Lexus UX 250 is a five-passenger SUV sold in three trim levels: base, Luxury and F Sport. It powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that sends power to the front wheels only through a continuously variable automatic transmission. The UX 250h hybrid is reviewed separately.
Standard equipment for the base models include 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, heated side mirrors, proximity entry and push-button start, selectable drive modes, dual-zone automatic climate control, simulated-leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, an infotainment system with 7-inch touchscreen display, smartphone app-based navigation, onboard Wi-Fi, four USB ports, Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, six-speaker audio system and satellite radio.
Standard safety features includes the Lexus Safety System 2.0, which consist driver assistance features such as forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, road sign recognition, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect emergency services. The optional Premium package adds heated and ventilated front seats, a sunroof, automatic wipers and washi interior trim.
The 2019 Lexus UX 200 Luxury include the Premium package features along with sound-damping front side windows, auto-dimming side mirrors, a hands-free liftgate, driver-seat memory functions, blind-spot monitoring, a navigation system, a 10.3-inch central display, and an eight-speaker sound system. The F Sport trim is more of a performance package than trim level and includes unique 18-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, LED foglights, an augmented engine sound generator, steering wheel paddle shifters, sport front seats, and an upgraded digital gauge cluster.
Optional features include upgraded triple-beam LED headlights, a sunroof, a windshield wiper de-icer, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a heated steering wheel. Tech upgrades include parking sensors with low-speed auto braking, a head-up display and a wireless phone charger.
The 2019 Lexus UX 200 has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $32,000, plus a $1,025 destination fee. F-Sport variants begin at $34,000, and Luxury trims start just over $37,000. At these prices, the new Lexus UX undercuts its competitors such as the BMW X1, Volvo XC40 and Jaguar E-Pace.