Martin J

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  1. Good to see Toyota and Lexus finally making the leap to full EV, but hard to see the UX300e being more than a niche model unless it gets more range. I thought the TNGA platform on which the UX and ES are based was designed from the outset to accommodate a range of drivetrains. But is seems there's a specific e-TNGA platform in the offing:
  2. Interesting review. Just had my NX serviced and had a UX (with premier pack) loaner. Have to say that it's a nice surprise to have the chance to drive a different model from the range (have always in the past been given an NX), especially as I'd had no plans to test drive a UX. Quick impressions align with the review (discounting the usual journalist rubbish about hybrids). Positives Great to drive: responsive drivetrain (the new 2 litre engine is a cracker), with more EV running than in NX, and notably brisker acceleration. Excellent handling and ride (less unsettled than NX). Appealing dash and interior architecture, and more spacious than expected from reviews. The washi dash top finish is distinctive and attractive. Economical: a 60 mile trip using the AC that would have yielded 40 mpg in the NX showed 60 mpg. Negatives Although mostly very quiet, road noise on some surfaces (notably the concrete section of the M1) was appalling, and worse than the NX. More NVH work needed on typical British surfaces, I think. Finishes: some nasty hard plastics in hard places, and both the door trims and the rear of the cabin are too austere at this price. The boot really does seem small, and the rear of the cabin was claustrophobic according to passengers because of the high waist line and thick C pillars. It's very expensive for what you get, and makes the NX look good value. Lexus UK seems to have limited the available exterior and interior colour choices compared with other markets, as is their wont. Why? For example the burnt orange colour in which the UX looks fantastic is only available on the Fsport, and dash trim colours which enhance the washi finish seem to be unavailable here. We seriously pondered whether the UX could replace our NX, but it's too small to be our main family car. Still, an appealing package which could easily be improved (and hopefully will be at facelift time).
  3. Thanks Alan, very useful comments. Inclined at the moment to wait for the gen 2 NX before thinking about replacement.
  4. There have been a few mentions of the new TNGA-based RAV4 in various threads but I'm interested in knowing whether anyone is contemplating replacing their NX with one. I was quite impressed with the cabin of one I examined on a recent trip to a Toyota dealer, and there are significant improvements in emissions, performance and economy over the NX. Presumably we'll have to wait at least a couple of years for the next-gen TNGA/GAK-based NX, so it's worth thinking about. The old RAV4 was much cruder than the NX, however, despite sharing most of the platform, which is a disincentive. Has anyone driven one back-to-back with their NX?
  5. I've come late to this thread - so late that I've missed Paul. It's worth picking up on the oft-discussed "CVT drone" and "gearbox" points though. Owners who enjoy their NXs may feel defensive about this because motoring journalists cut and paste the same criticisms of Lexus models from one review to the next. As long as people expect to hear a linear relationship between engine revs and road speed, they will never get used to a modern hybrid. Even describing the compact power-split e-CVT unit as a "gearbox" kind of misses the point, as though Lexus & Toyota selected it in preference to conventional transmission options for the hell of it. Over 14 years of hybrid ownership I've got completely used to the decoupling of engine speed from road speed, and I still think that the Lexus/Toyota hybrid system is a generation *ahead* of any pure ICE drivetrain. It's a fact than when accelerating hard the NX hybrid system is noisy. It's also a fact that most of the rest of the time - and especially in urban situations - it's much quieter. Since hard acceleration is probably less than 1% of the time spent in the car, it's a tradeoff I'm delighted to make. Others - like Paul - may differ. There's still a challenge for Lexus sales staff in articulating this for potential buyers; and a risk that Lexus might be tempted to compromise the efficiency of the hybrid architecture by trying to replicate the behavior of conventional drivetrains. Perhaps all of this will be rendered irrelevant by the arrival of Lexus EVs in a few years.
  6. I've seen a couple of references elsewhere on the forums to the WLTP fuel economy and emissions regime. But I've only just noticed the figures for the NX. Two things strike me: (i) the figures are much worse than the old NEDC figures; and (ii) the RX now performs as well as the NX, having suffered less from the transition, with, counterintuitively, a lower CO2 emissions figure (134g/km vs 135 for the NX). On (i) the NX WLTP fuel consumption range (35.7 to 37.7 mpg) is now actually worse than many owners will be achieving in mixed driving, and well below the 38 - 46 range between fills I've seen. On (ii), the data suggest that we could have had an NX450h with little if any increase in consumption and emissions, with much better performance and refinement...
  7. Good review, and as you may have seen from various threads in the NX forum, the NX is indeed improved further in terms of ride and road noise by CrossClimates. Also interesting to note how expensive the UX is relative to the NX, which offers a lot more car for not much more cash. Hope you enjoy your NX ownership.
  8. Strangely the reversing camera isn't mentioned in the brochure, but if you look on the used car section of the Lexus website there are a few SEs which clearly have one, so it must have been standard. Maybe an SE owner on here can confirm, but my impression is that relatively few SEs were sold, as the Luxury grade offered significantly more kit for not much more cash. There are a couple of threads on here about the 2017 facelift which may be worth a look. There was some minor restyling which divided opinion (I didn't like it); some changes to the climate controls, a bigger infotainment screen, and some retuning of the suspension to improve the ride. Having driven one, the suspension changes were the most significant of these, but the difference was not huge (swapping the original tyres on my car for much better Michelins had about the same effect). You may have seen that last year Lexus changed the grade system, replacing the previous S/SE/Luxury/Fsport/Premier grades with three: NX/Fsport/Takumi. Hope you end up with the NX you want - I've had mine for over 3 years and have been delighted with it.
  9. Hi Steve. I don't think the specs changed much between launch in late 2014 and the introduction of the facelift in late 2017. Mine is a mid 2015, and the pdf brochure I have is dated December 2014. Below is an excerpt from the specs pages. Btw old Lexus UK web pages are archived on the Internet Archive, but some of the interactive functionality seems to have been lost.
  10. Did a couple of thousand km in the outgoing RAV4, and while I know it shares the front part of its platform with the current NX, I was surprised how obvious the Lexus differences were. While the RAV4 was a perfectly good rental car, overall refinement was significantly worse than the NX, with a harsher ride and poor noise suppression, and I would have found it hard to live with the more utilitarian cabin. So I'd be wary about thinking a RAV4 is an NX with a big discount; with the old RAV4/NX the Lexus added value was well worth the price difference in my view. Will be interesting to see if the same added value is apparent in the gen 2 NX whenever it appears.
  11. Yes, if anything hybrids get themselves off the line faster and more reliably than torque converters or manual transmissions, with instant max electric torque (to all four wheels in the case of the NX and RX). Agree with Mike that stop/start in conventional drivetrains is an abomination, and I always disable it in rental cars.
  12. Martin J

    New review

    Well the Camry is quite a bit smaller than the ES, which I think is based on the longer-wheelbase Avalon version of the platform. Don't think Toyota GB plan to offer the Avalon here, which is a shame, as it has a more flexible interior than the ES, including fold-down rear seats...
  13. My NX is in Sonic Titanium, and so far (3.5 years) no major issues with paint chipping. I did have the Supagard paint treatment, which may have helped.
  14. Martin J

    New review

    Thought this was a pretty good review, for those of us for whom controllable oversteer on the limit isn't the most important criterion. Unfortunately, I'd failed up until now to take on board the fact that the ES doesn't have folding rear seats, which seems a strange omission. It seems Lexus have introduced additional bracing behind the rear seats to improve rigidity over the Avalon (which I think does have split-folding seats). While the quest for refinement and body stiffness is laudable, the lack of loading flexibility is a significant downside, and I'm surprised that additional reinforcement could not have been introduced to the body in this area without eliminating through-loading. I rejected the GS for this reason in 2014 and bought the just-launched NX instead, so a bit disappointed that the ES now looks less attractive as a replacement when the time comes.
  15. This is interesting, and I'd love to know how and why Lexus UK decide to limit the trim combinations of their cars for the UK market. To me, one of the key bits of added value in a premium car is the ability to choose a personal trim preference, not least as we spend more time looking at the cabin of our cars than the outside. When the NX was first launched, other markets had a wider range of trim colours and finishes: in particular, when you ordered cream/ivory seats, the lower part of the dash and the upper part of the door trim was also cream, whereas the UK cars were still black. I know volumes in the UK are lower than for some other markets, but I'm not sure why this should mean a more limited choice of finishes for custom orders from the factory. A related complaint is that UK brochures do a woeful job of depicting interior trim and colour options, but haven't seen the ES one yet.