While Lexus claims this is the only battery electric vehicle in the premium family SUV market, that’s far from the case. Volvo is launching its XC40 Recharge at the same time as the UX300e and there’s the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona electric alternatives, as well as VW’s ID3 range and Peugeot’s e-2008. It’s not bad, but somehow, we expected more of Toyota/Lexus. Perhaps next year we’ll see a more complete solution to battery electric motoring, but don’t expect the company to give up its commitment to petrol/electric hybrid or fuel cells anytime soon.



Lexus UX 300e

TESTED five-door SUV/Crossover, with AC synchronous electric motor driving the front wheels and 54.35kWh lithium-ion battery with step-down gearing

PRICE/ON SALE without £3,000 Government PIGG, from £43,900 to £53,500 as tested. On sale now first deliveries in March 2021

POWER/TORQUE 201bhp/221lb ft

TOP SPEED 100mph

ACCELERATION 0-62mph in 7.5sec

RANGE WLTP  190 – 196 miles

EFFICIENCY (18-inch wheels) 3.6 miles per kWh

CO2 EMISSIONS zero at tail pipe, well-to-wheels 41.4/km

VED £0 zero rated



Could do better and cleverer might be a pithy verdict on this family SUV crossover. The Lexus is well priced and nicely specced. It’s not a bad drive though the traction isn’t the greatest and Lexus models tend to be reliable and have good residual values. But the range isn’t wonderful and will fall considerably in cold weather, at high speeds or on hills, and there are more interesting models out there.


TELEGRAPH RATING three stars out of five

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Prices don’t include the £3,000 Government grant                                                                                                    


Kia Niro 4 plus from £39,145

The 64kWh battery models made an impressive debut; practical driving and the normalisation of EV motoring at affordable prices. The 201bhp/291lb ft drivetrain drives the front wheels and offers a range of 282miles. Driving experience isn’t as good as the Can be quite hard to get hold of.

Volkswagen ID3 from £38,880

A smaller car with a smaller 58kWh battery, but much better efficiency. Rear-drive only, but a four-wheel drive SUV version is planned. The cabin isn’t totally convincing, but the 265-mile range, brisk performance and that price certainly is.

Volvo XC40 Recharge from £59,985

Insanely priced for the 4×4 First Edition versions, though cheaper front drive versions with smaller batteries will be made available. Relaxed to drive and (mostly) smooth riding


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