Coming late, is the Lexus NX plug-in hybrid worth the wait?

It’s taken Lexus a while to get into plug-in hybrid activity. Most of its competitors have seen sales declines from their versions for years. Only now Lexus is there to compete.

It is too late, given the fact that most governments in Europe, including our own, have taken a tougher tax stance on this category because, as I am sure you have read or Experience, the announced fuel consumption is far from the reality?

As a result, the incentives to own a PHEV have been reduced.

In the case of the new Lexus NX plug-in, the automaker claims you can drive 100km on just 1.1 liters of gas.

If only that were the case (I get 6.7 liters per 100km one way back) we wouldn’t be feeling the strain on the pumps now that fuel prices have gone so high.

Anyway, that’s all to say now there’s a plug-in as part of the new NX lineup.

This is a much better package than the predecessor package, although the ‘old’ package has easily lasted many years. However, this is bigger, more spacious, more technologically advanced and better to drive. The look is strong, especially with the Lexus grille at the front.

And we had a good intro, the new NX and me, because two small, if highly intuitive, drawbacks compared to the previous one were eliminated: a horrible trash can in front of the driver. car indicates your driving mode and an annoying touch pad. This is more like it.

The new multimedia system takes center stage in the cabin, and in terms of interactions, it works quite well. The test version of the F-SPORT model has a 14-inch screen – on the Executive version it is 9.8 inches.

It took me longer than I would have liked to get used to some of its ways, such as using the head-up display in conjunction with it, but when I do it’s great. Everything on the dashboard is geared towards the driver. You just have to glance at it. Also bless them for leaving us the dials for details like temperature regulation.

I must say that I find the seats exceptionally comfortable and supportive with so much adjustment. What difference can good seating make?

In this case, they also provide me with a great driving position, which helps with some light cruising; among them a sadness when arriving in the midlands and a joy when getting to and from the airport.

The NX 450h awd plug-in combines a 2.5-litre engine with a powerful electric motor to produce a combined 305bhp.

Trust me, that’s like a lot of muscle when I need it. I used the large paddle shifter to add a bit of fun to driving.

With the sport-tuned suspension on the tested F-SPORT, the handling is sporty and firm.

Overall, it’s a good combination, although the BMW X3 is a sharper driver, I think.

As you know, plug-ins have larger batteries than your normal hybrid so they can be charged to substitute electric power for gasoline power.

This has an 18.1kWh battery with a built-in 6.6kW charger that cuts down on charging times.

The vehicle is set to electric start. There is also Auto EV/HV mode (the engine starts when maximum acceleration is called), battery charge mode, and HV mode keeps the automatic battery charge at a certain level.

They say you can go up to 74km on electric only if you’re careful and don’t try to rush it.

That’s where a lot of people lose. They drive too fast to earn a decent amount of money. With a 2.5-litre petrol engine, as in the NX, that can mean serious consumption.

In the meantime, I’ve had some facilities to compensate for a journey out and leave the engine running early in the game, which doesn’t affect my consumption well at all.

Alongside all that is the brand’s Safety System+ (LSS+), a suite of active safety elements: pre-collision system (PCS), dynamic radar cruise control (DRCC) . The updated version now recognizes motorcycles during the day and supports danger detection at intersections.

And the electronic latch system is very smart; It is designed to avoid accidents with other users when you open the door.

The trunk has a capacity of 520 liters, expanding to 1,411 liters when the rear seats are folded. And there’s a 25-liter under-deck luggage area for out-of-sight storage.

I’ve enjoyed my time in this large, fully comfortable, well-finished SUV with plenty of space and a bit of an impression.

Will I buy it? My aversion to plug-ins may have been a limiting factor, but it’s a nice car, I’ll probably do it. Coming late, is the Lexus NX plug-in hybrid worth the wait?

Fry Electronics Team

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