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The Best Small Luxury SUVs in Singapore [UPDATED]

CarBuyer Team
15/09/2021

  • Page 1: Introduction
  • Page 2: Audi Q3
  • Page 3: BMW X1
  • Page 5: Also Consider: Mercedes-Benz GLA and Volvo XC40

  • Lexus UX

    Our pick: Lexus UX 250h Executive from S$180,800 with COE (September 2021)
    Read our review of the Lexus UX 200 here and the Lexus UX 250h here
    Read our review of the all-electric Lexus UX 300e here

    The UX is a breath of fresh air from the Far East. Lexus has always made cars its way, and shied away from direct comparison with German rivals, but the with the UX it has a small SUV that can take on any German and come out tops, and for less money too. 

    To begin with, it’s a great-looking car. The new Lexus design language with its riot of angles and edges is in full-flow here, and for now it’s the only car in its class with the very fashionable rear lightbar that spans the entire rear end and screams ‘TRON’. 

    Inside the UX is what you’d expect: Very refined, with great-feeling materials and a vault-like ambience, with a unique driver’s instrument panel and Lexus Remote Touch infotainment system. A premium Mark Levison hifi and active safety systems are also standard on the lower-grade Executive models, with the Luxury model gaining even more amenities.

    What’s also surprising is how fun the UX is to drive, despite being a normal ‘non F’ Lexus. The UX 200 has a 170hp turbocharged engine with a Direct Shift CVT gearbox that overcomes the slack feel of most CVTs. Lexus introduced a fully-electric version of the UX in 2021, but the UX 300e is a somewhat pricey and flawed proposition, and feels rather limited in its application.

    Most buyers will stick to the petrol variant, but Carbuyer also recommends the hybrid UX 250h since it’s not just very efficient, but also quieter than the petrol model and perfect for those who do a lot of urban driving. At the same price point you can opt for a hybrid with the Executive trim, or the petrol in Luxury trim.

    The biggest drawback of the UX is that it isn’t as large as its competitors in terms of rear room. There’s less headroom and the boot is relatively small so those who aim to drag a brood or bulky objects around on a regular basis should take note. 

    Continue to: The Mercedes and Volvo that didn’t quite make it to the top…

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