The Lexus UX300e has a 72.8kWh battery sending power to a motor on the front axle. That gives 204PS (150kW) and 300Nm (221lb ft), allowing the UX300e to jump from 0-62mph in 7.2 seconds.
In action, the UX300e will get a range of around 170-180 miles. We drove it for a couple of long-distance treks and that seemed to be the average. The electric motors respond quickly and sharply when you require, but the slightly wonky range readout drops rapidly with every press.
Damping feels good most of the time, and the electric UX feels like it manages its ride better than its hybrid counterpart, which isn’t saying a huge amount. Send it over a series of bumps and the little Lexus isn’t happy. On smooth tarmac it is relatively unfussed and the nose responds acceptably to inputs.
The steering, though, isn’t great. It’s weighted more toward the heavy end, which is pleasant enough, but the action feels more like stretching rubber than moving something mechanical. Its vagaries are particularly evident on a country road, where you will often find yourself slowing more than necessary so you can trust what’s going on under the front tyres.
What it also lacks is the regenerative braking that allows for one-pedal driving like many of its rivals. There’s also a slightly tricky balance to tread in working out where to set that regen’ if you actually feel the need to use it.