Hi everyone, and welcome to another YouTube video from Razão Automóvel’s LA Special. This time we’re test driving the Lexus UX, a model that has surprised me by its dynamic performance, by how comfortable it is, and attention to detail. But enough talk – let’s get inside this car, hit the road, and see what Lexus’s first compact SUV has to offer. It’s really nice to sit inside the Lexus UX. No doubt about it: this is a Lexus interior. And we can tell that from all the small details that make up the inside of this model. The infotainment system is positioned quite high, and next to it that’s a very elegant analog watch. Here, on the center console, we can control the infotainment system, and next to the dashboard we have these controls to switch between engine modes. Comfort wise, these seats are incredible, very comfortable. They have a wide range of motion, and it’s easy tp find a the perfect driving position. The rear seats are also great, there’s plenty of legroom and headroom, and offering great support. So during longer drives, I’m sure no one will complain about riding in the Lexus UX. You can tell that there’s a particular attention to detail in this interior, that is typical of Lexus, including some that are actually handmade. But not everything about the interior of the Lexus UX works. I’m not a fan of this infotainment control, it’s a kind of trackpad, similar to those you’ll find in laptops, as it is not really intuitive to use. It requires us to take our eyes off the road a lot more than we should, to know what we’re doing. That said, feature wise, it’s got everything you need: Apple Car Play, GPS, and all the other usual apps. A big screen with a nice resolution… So yes, the only issue here is how hard it is to operate this trackpad. If the infotainment is lacking in easy of use, the same cannot be said about the 100% digital dashboard. It’s incredibly easy to read and navigate, has all the information we need, and thus this dashboard is incredibly well made. The boot capacity is incredible, there’s absolutely no shortage of space, as there isn’t on the interior. The Lexus UX is perfectly on par with other cars in its segment. Engine wise, this model features a four cylinder, 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated engine, with 170 hp. It’s a pretty responsive engine, very silent and smooth. It’s not built for great speeds, but even with a CVT transmission, it does a nice job, we never feel the engine lacking in power. When driving at lower speeds, the biggest selling point really is how smooth this engine is. Higher in the UX range, there’s a model that shares this same engine, but with the help of an electric one as well, which of course lowers fuel consumption, and provides some additional power. For actual fuel consumption numbers, we’ll have to wait until we get to drive it again, because here in the US I’m only driving this car for about 150km, so I can’t be as precise as I like to be, when it comes to measuring fuel consumption levels, in different scenarios: meaning, city traffic, highways, etc. So wait for a video shot in Portugal. Now that we’ve talked about the engine, which is great, smooth and with enough power, let’s talk about how this car performs dynamically. Lexus itself speaks highly of the UX’s dynamic performance, since this model has the lowest center of gravity of its segment. And they’ve achieved this by placing the engine and all its components as low as possible, and by having a lot of its parts be made of aluminum. Such as the doors, the hood, the front… this ensures the lowest possible weight so that, when you add a low placement of the engine, the center of gravity will sit lower within the car. Thus the dynamic performance is superior, both for its behaviour and feedback. The steering provides great feedback, we can always tell what’s happening with the chassis, both in its front and rear axles. The response is progressive and neutral, when he go into a corner we can feel the front attacking it, No matter what you steer the car towards, the rear is right there with you, without complaining. You’d think that such a good dynamic performance would compromise comfort, but it doesn’t. And that’s due to its double wishbone rear suspension, and MacPherson struts in the front, that are perfectly tuned. Price wise we know that cars in this segment don’t come cheap, brands really make you pay for all the luxury and comfort that these models have to offer. But I’m positive that if this model ends up having an attractive price, it will be an absolute sales success for Lexus. It’s their first compact SUV, and it is packed with great features and qualities. That’s it for this video, I hope you’ve been enjoying this LA Special. I’ll keep test driving the various candidates to the Word Car Awards 2019, I’ll see you on the next video.