The NX is the high-riding crossover alternative to the IS saloon, and hybrid drive is at the forefront of the engine choices
The Lexus NX is the baby brother of the RX, and is designed to rival premium crossovers such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC. Where the NX stands out is the fact that it doesn’t have a diesel option, there’s just a turbo petrol and a hybrid variant.
The hybrid NX 300h uses the same petrol-electric system as the IS 300h saloon, so there’s a 2.5-litre 4 cylinder engine combined with the electric drive system. The petrol engine isn’t quite as smooth as the V6 found in the RX, but most of the time the NX is a quiet and refined cruiser, and all models come generously equipped.
The real benefit of hybrid drive can be felt by company car users, as Benefit In Kind (BIK) rates are more favourable than they are for diesel crossovers and SUVs. For example, if you chose the NX 300h F Sport for £38,400 over an Audi Q5 2.0 TDI SE for £37,800, the annual BIK on the Lexus is around £1,800 less than it is for the Audi.
Best hybrid SUVs
- 1. Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine
- 2. Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid
- 3. BMW X5 xDrive 40e
- 4. Audi Q7 e-tron
- 5. MINI Countryman S E
- 6. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
- 7. Lexus RX 450h
- 8. Kia Niro
- 9. Mercedes-Benz GLE 500e
- 10. Lexus NX 300h