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Make
Lexus
Model/Variant
NX300h Sports Luxury
Engine
four-cylinder 2.5-litre petrol and 105kW electric motor
Price
$75,000
Warranty
four-year/100,000 kilometre
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So, where did you go on your date?

The Lexus NX300h was slated for a luxury SUV comparison and during testing on the drive day we spent some time together navigating the windy roads through the Hunter Valley. Cruising past wineries on a beautiful summers day, the NX300h looked and felt right at home.

Ideal first date?

The Lexus is a classy lady so I think the Hunter Valley was the perfect place to get to know her better. Of course, a longer day would be great, stopping off at an out-of-the-way winery for lunch.

Hot or not?

Hot. It's a bold design with lots of edges, corners and angles. Not to everybody's taste, sure, but certainly one of the more interesting looking in its class and in my opinion, different is good.

It's what's inside that counts, what do you think of the interior?

I love it. Again, it's not to everybody's taste. It's almost aggressive in its styling with black and maroon leather covering almost every surface including the side of the centre console near the gearshift.

The extra touches are truly first-class. There's a panel with a mirror on it that tucks neatly in front of the centre console bin, and there's a moonroof.

The Sports Luxury variant also has heated and cooled driver and front passenger seats. There's also a lot of room in the back and the seats recline electrically.

Standout features?

There's a lot to like about this car. I enjoyed finding the Valet Pack hidden in the boot - complete with gloves, a towel, hand wash and a kneeling pad - so changing a tyre isn't such a messy job.

The headlights are a strong, aggressive shape and I like the sharp angles on the rear.

Boot space is impressive and the rear seats fold themselves flat with the touch of a button - conveniently located in the boot. If there's anything sitting on the back seats preventing them from folding all the way, the NX300h will beep and let you know.

Annoying habits?

The only thing that made me screw up my nose a little was the engine noise. It's a little drony and almost whiny. A bit like being on a date with Fran Drescher in The Nanny guise - flashy and dressed to impress - but that voice!

Ready for a family?

It's biological clock is ticking loudly. Everything is designed to be easy to use, from the electric seat adjustment to the centre console. There's plenty of room in the back and the seats would be comfortable if you're taking the family away for the weekend.

High maintenance?

I'd expect it to be in regards to things like keeping the leather soft and supple, buffing and polishing. But fuel wise being a hybrid you can expect to save some coin. Lexus claims 5.7 litres/100km.

Any deal-breakers?

Not for me. I think it looks sharp, is super comfortable and plush, and the fact it's a hybrid makes you feel like you're saving money and showing consideration for the environment.

So, is it serious or just a one night stand?

Pretty serious. It has everything I need - space, tech, comfort and quirky looks.

Keeping your options open?

If the Lexus look isn't your style, there's always the BMW X3, Audi Q5 Audi Q5 or Volvo XC60.

If it's not for you, who would you recommend it to?

I would recommend it to those who need an SUV and enjoy standing out from the crowd.






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