Lexus, an innovator in luxury utility vehicles, introduces its newest addition to the lineup, the 2019 UX 250h. 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 250h 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 250h 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 250h 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 250h 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. 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 250h 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 Lexus UX 250h 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 250h is backed by a new-generation Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain. With 181 total system horsepower, the UX 250h is the fuel-efficient leader with the best MPG of any CUV and SUV without a plug in the U.S. market. This hybrid provides exhilarating driving with high-speed responsiveness and a feeling of smooth, natural acceleration. The UX 250h is equipped with all-wheel drive standard.
The hybrid system combines the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine found in the UX 200 with two electric motor/generators in a new-generation hybrid transaxle that is more compact, lighter and has less internal friction than previous Lexus hybrid systems. Compared to similarly-sized Lexus hybrids, the power control unit of the UX is more powerful yet 20% smaller and 10% lighter. Optimizing the level of electric motor assistance and engine RPM produces a linear acceleration feel without the engine having to run at high revs. Engine speed is synchronized with vehicle speed to create an immediate and continuous acceleration feel.
The new transaxle mounts the electric motor-generators (MG1 and MG2) coaxially rather than in-line. The resulting smaller and lighter package reduces frictional losses by 25% compared to the previous Lexus hybrids. In addition, MG2 is now a higher-speed motor, yielding better performance and efficiency. The Sequential Shift feature delivers responsive engine braking force in 10 steps with a shift feel similar to a manual transmission, using steering wheel paddle shift switches or the S position on the shift lever. The speed at which the hybrid system can shut off the gasoline engine, such as when driving on long downward slopes, has been raised from the 43 mph of previous Lexus hybrids to 71 mph for the 2019 Lexus UX 250h.
Locating the new compact and lightweight nickel metal-hydride (NiMH) battery and compact cooling system below the rear seat helps maximize cabin and cargo area space, and their location supports the vehicle’s low center of gravity.
The 2019 Lexus UX 250h model offers all-wheel drive (AWD) using a separate, dedicated electric motor-generator with 7hp output integrated into the rear differential. Power distribution between the front and rear axles is automatically optimized by the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system when accelerating, cornering, or driving on slippery surfaces. AWD provides stable driving on uphill slopes or snow-covered roads with lower fuel consumption than a conventional all-wheel drive system that employs a power split device and driveshaft. AWD does more than assist traction in slippery conditions; the system can actively improve stability by adjusting rear-wheel power to help correct an over- or understeer condition.
The 2019 Lexus UX 250h 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) for Atkinson cycle
2.0 liter, 1,987 cc (121 in.3 )
Bore x Stroke
3.17 x 3.84 in. (80.5 x 97.6 mm)
181 hp SAE @ 6,000 rpm
Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI), D-4S (Direct injection 4-stroke gasoline engine Superior)
HYBRID BATTERY PACK
Nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH)
Battery Pack power
Front engine, all-wheel drive (AWD)
Two motor-generator hybrid transmission with planetary power-split device
AWD: P711 front, Q510 rear
Motor Generator 1 (MG1) type
Permanent magnet motor
Generator, engine starter, controls engine speed
Motor Generator 2 (MG2) type
Permanent magnet motor
Drives wheels; regenerative braking
Motor Reduction Ratio
Motor Generator Rear (MGR) type for AWD
Drives rear wheels; stability control
Final Drive Ratios
AWD: 3.605 (front), 10.487 (rear)
Zero to 60 mph
16.6 sec @ 86 mph
Epa Fuel Estimated (mpg)
41 City/ 38 Highway/ 39 Combined
TRIM LEVELS & PRICING
The 2019 Lexus UX 250 is a five-passenger SUV sold in three trim levels: base, Luxury and F Sport. The gasoline-powered UX 200 is reviewed separately. The base standard features 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.
Also standard is the Lexus Safety System 2.0, which is include 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 base optional Premium package adds heated and ventilated front seats, a sunroof, automatic wipers and "washi" interior trim inspired by Japanese fabric paper.
The Luxury trim get you the Premium package features plus sound-damping front side windows, auto-dimming side mirrors, a hands-free power liftgate, driver-seat memory functions, blind-spot monitoring, a navigation system, a 10.3-inch central display, and an eight-speaker sound system. The 2019 Lexus UX 250h F Sport is more of a performance package 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.
Several options 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 250h has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $34,000, plus a $1,025 destination fee. The F-Sport variants begin at $36,000, and Luxury trims start just over $39,000. At these prices, the 2019 Lexus UX 250h undercuts competitors like the Jaguar E-Pace, Volvo XC40 and BMW X1.