Martin J

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    Martin
  • Lexus Model
    NX300h Luxury
  • Year of Lexus
    2015
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    Yorkshire

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  1. This question prompts me to wonder about smaller wheels, rather than bigger ones. The original NX300h had 17 inch rather than 18 inch wheels, presumably with taller sidewall tyres. I suspect it was the best-riding NX, but it would be interesting to hear from anyone who owns one or drove one. Personally I think the trend to ever bigger wheels and lower profile tyres has gone too far, especially with our disintegrating roads, but I know that the aesthetic appeal of big wheels is important for some buyers.
  2. In an earlier post I imagined a Tesla M3 or MY with the build quality and refinement of a Lexus, and wondered if such a car was still some years away. But here is the Polestar 2, now on sale, with a bunch of very positive reviews, especially in relation to build quality. It will be interesting to see if it lives up to the early assessments. https://www.topgear.com/car-reviews/polestar/2
  3. Had to smile at this. I'd almost forgotten about the misery of setting up the DAB on my NX when it was new. That was an afternoon I'll never get back.
  4. Agree with Herbie, but just a word of reassurance on the nickel-metal-hydride traction battery. The similar battery on our 15 year old Prius has never gone flat, and still performs pretty much like new, holding its charge for extended periods of non-use. It's probably the very last thing to worry about on the car. Hope you enjoy the Lexus ownership experience.
  5. I entirely agree with Colin about the best EVs being designed from the ground up. Indeed I'd hoped that the next NX might be just that, perhaps using the recently announced e-TNGA architecture. EVs ought to be a perfect fit with the Lexus values of silent, comfortable driving, but it seems to be taking them *forever* given the head start Toyota had with hybrids. On John's comment about "mugs", I thought he was referring to the idea, expressed in Harry's Youtube video, that we change our cars far too often given how durable they've become with regular maintenance. I don't entirely agree with Harry on EVs - he doesn't take account of the carbon footprint of refining and distributing fossil fuels - but on this I think he has a point. If the 2nd generation NX is indeed based on the "conventional" TNGA RAV4 platform, it probably won't represent enough of an advance to be worth changing my car for, and I'll hang on until Lexus have something to compete with the Model 3/Y.
  6. ..is not exactly top of my list of concerns at the moment. But lockdown has provided an opportunity to think about what, if anything, should replace my NX in the next couple of years. As a private cash buyer I tend to keep cars for a long-ish time, and for the last year or so I've been convinced that my next car really should be an EV with a range of at least 400km (since i have a regular family 330km trip). And I'd been very close to buying a Tesla Model 3 before lockdown. Since then, I've been reflecting on what I value in car ownership. Reliability, build quality and ease of ownership rate very highly for me, and on the very rare occasions when the NX has needed any attention it's been a delightfully straightforward and comfortable experience. None of these three areas are ones where Tesla currently score very highly, and buying a Model 3 still seems like a lottery in terms of build quality from my researches. This is an oft-told story, and I know that things are improving. But I don't have confidence about what a 6-year-old Model 3 will look and feel like. Another oft-told story is Toyota's reluctance to get into battery EVs, having bet the farm on fuel cells. I fear that the next NX will simply be based closely on the newish RAV4, and it seems pretty clear that it will therefore include a plug-in hybrid. But I'd expect more than that from a new generation of NX. I'd expect an NX450e. A Tesla with Lexus build quality and ownership experience; or a midsize Lexus with Model 3-beating range and technology would be a fine thing, but neither appears close. I'm starting to think that I'll still be driving my 2015 NX in 2025 (and in fairness it'll probably still be faultlessly reliable, and as edgy in design terms as the new cars of 2025).
  7. Noted in the NX forum that I liked the UX, having had one as a loan car, but thought (as someone who prefers cash to PCP/lease) that it was poor VFM. However a quick look at the Audi configurator shows a Takumi-equivalent spec Q3 at around £44k. It may be that, for cash purchasers at least, this size of compact SUV from premium manufacturers just looks expensive compared with the next size up (in these cases NX or Q5). You really have to want the compact format!
  8. Assume it's a 300h, and not a 200T? There are several older threads about 300h fuel consumption in the forum; 31.5 mpg is at the thirsty end of the ranges reported. I've averaged 41 mpg overall (typically 43 in summer, 38 in winter).
  9. The CrossClimates SUV could have been designed for the NX. Quieter ride, terrific wet grip, and good wear. Only v minor reservation is that I don't think turn-in is quite as sharp as on my original Bridgestones.
  10. Glad you're enjoying the NX. 30/34 mpg sounds on the very low side, but there are several older threads on here about fuel consumption. Many owners report a big seasonal variation so your fuel economy may improve with warmer weather (in winter I usually average around 38 mpg, and 43 in summer). A plug-in version of the next generation (2021?) seems likely given that Toyota have launched a 302 bhp PHEV version of the new RAV4 and will bring it to the UK (and presumably to Ireland): https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/motor-shows-la-motor-show/toyota-rav4-plug-hybrid-uk-details-confirmed
  11. 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: https://www.electrive.com/2019/10/21/toyota-introduces-their-e-tnga-platform/
  12. 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).
  13. Thanks Alan, very useful comments. Inclined at the moment to wait for the gen 2 NX before thinking about replacement.
  14. 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?
  15. 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.