Lexus NX SUV - Interior & comfort (2014-2021)

Avoid the racy Lexus NX F Sport model and you've got a comfortable and refined SUV

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The interior of the NX is striking, but the SUV's angular exterior design is only really reflected in the raised climate control panel. In typical Lexus fashion, everything feels solid and luxurious, with plush materials and supportive seats.

Attention to detail comes in the shape of a portable vanity mirror on the back of the central armrest’s storage bin lid, plus there’s a touchpad to control the car’s infotainment system, which has been made bigger and was given a handy palm rest as part of the 2017 update

Though it’s better than Lexus’ old ‘mouse’ system, the NX's infotainment touchpad still isn’t quite as accurate or intuitive to use as the rotary controllers used by the Audi MMI and BMW iDrive systems. The updates also brought toggle switches for the centre console, which Lexus claimed were easier to use on the move, and a larger analogue clock with bolder graphics and automatic adjustment via a GPS signal.

Standard Lexus NXs have an acceptable ride, however, you’ll find that the racy Lexus NX F Sport version upsets any serenity with suspension that, though adjustable, is unnecessarily firm over bumps.

Equipment

The NX 300h comes in several different trim levels: NX, Premium Sport Edition, F Sport and range-topping Takumi.

Standard equipment on the entry-level car includes 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, automatic wipers and folding door mirrors. The interior also benefits from man-made leather upholstery, electrically adjustable and heated front seats, an eight-speaker Pioneer stereo and an eight-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Premium Sport Edition brings black exterior trim and a different alloy wheel design, along with door handle illumination and a powered tailgate. There's also keyless entry, a 10.3-inch screen with navigation, a 10-speaker Pioneer stereo and a heated steering wheel.

Takumi is very well equipped, with features like '3-Eye' adaptive LED headlights, a panoramic glass roof, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a head-up display, a 360-degree camera view and a 14-speaker Mark Levinson sound system. 

Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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