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Lexus UX SUV – Practicality & boot space

The Lexus UX is reasonably spacious for passengers, but boot space is tight

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​The restrictions enforced by the Lexus UX's compact overall dimensions presented its designers with a major challenge when it came to interior packaging, and the sleek small SUV is further hamstrung by its low, curvaceous roofline. As a result, although space inside is adequate, there's no mistaking the Lexus UX for a versatile family car and a lack of space is the car’s biggest weakness.

Lexus UX interior space & storage

Front-seat passengers get by far the best deal inside the UX, where the wraparound dashboard gives the driver a cocooned feeling without claustrophobia setting in. There's more headroom than you might expect, thanks largely to the low-set seats.

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The same is true in the back, but the narrow windows don't let a great deal of light in. It means rear-seat passengers get the impression of there being less space than there actually is, and most will actually find knee and headroom adequate.

Boot space

With a high floor, boot space is just 320 litres – a small size for the class and 150 litres less than the BMW X2 offers. The all-electric Mazda MX-30 has a 366 litre boot, despite having a large battery pack to lug around. In fact, even the Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3 hatchbacks have more boot space at around 380 litres.

The rear seats fold with a 60:40 split should you need to expand the boot without passengers on board, but the steeply raked rear windscreen puts paid to the notion of carrying bulky items. Total luggage capacity stands at 1,231 litres in this configuration, no more than the Golf and A3 hatchbacks.

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Andy is Carbuyer's managing editor, with more than a decade of experience helping consumers find their perfect car. He has an MA in automotive journalism and has tested hundreds of vehicles.

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