Lexus UX vs Competitors

 

 

Overview

Luxury crossovers are definitely in a class of their own. Their utility makes them practical, but their refined handling and premium amenities elevate them above the more basic crossover segment. And now Lexus is debuting a beautiful new compact crossover, the UX, for the 2019 model year. Competing with this sleek crossover, though, are the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Infiniti QX30, Mercedes-Benz GLA 250, and Volvo XC40. While each of these vehicles is undeniably high quality, the freshman UX finds ways to stand out among the pack.

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Starting MSRP and Fuel Economy

Next to most of its rivals, the UX is a clear winner as far as its $32,150 base MSRP is concerned. The XC40 ($33,700), GLA 250 ($33,950), Q3 ($34,700), and X1 ($34,950) are all a bit higher. The only vehicle in this comparison that starts lower than the UX is the QX30, although this car lacks a good amount of the luxury features on its base trim that the UX is provides. What’s more, the UX gets better gas mileage than the QX30.

Speaking of which, fuel economy is one of the areas where the UX truly shines. With its EPA-estimated 29 city/37 highway mpg, it beats out the Q3 (19 city/27 highway), X1 (23 city/32 highway), QX30 (21 city/30 highway), GLA 250 (24 city/33 highway), and XC40 (23/33 city/highway). To put this into perspective, with the UX you’ll be getting a greater fuel output vehicle for a lower price over its competitors, saving you more cash throughout your ownership.


Safety and Space

While a few of the other vehicles listed above have yet to be rated on their overall safety, the numbers are in for the UX and they’re favorable, to say the least. The NHTSA has awarded the UX with a five-star safety rating, its highest distinction. The only other vehicle that has been given a five-star rating so far is the X1, although as you saw above, it’s more expensive and has lower fuel efficiency.

The UX’s cargo area is accessed by a hatch door and offers 22 cubic feet of space. This is average for the segment, with some rivals, like the X1 and XC40 offering more and others offering less (the GLA 250 has only 17.2 cu. ft. behind the rear seat).


Generous Warranty

The UX’s warranty coverage is more generous than most others in the class. While Lexus’s 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty is about average for the class, its powertrain limited warranty of 6 years/70,000 miles is more noteworthy. Each of the above rivals, excluding the QX30, has only a 4-year/50,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. With the QX30, the bumper-to-bumper warranty is only slightly different from the UX’s, as it extends the mileage an extra 10,000 miles. Its powertrain limited warranty, though, has the same terms as the UX’s. Also, keep in mind that the QX30 has lower overall fuel economy and fewer standard safety features on its base-level trim, and it does not offer Apple CarPlay at any trim level.