Baby SUV scores upgraded safety and practicality for 2021, plus price reductions across the range.
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  • 2021 Lexus UX updated for 2021
  • Price cuts across the range
  • Quieter cabin, upgraded safety and more space

The 2021 Lexus UX has received a range of updates for the new model year, accompanied by price changes across the range.

In showrooms now, Lexus's smallest SUV has received an array of tweaks to its driving experience, safety suite and interior comfort.

The entry-level 2021 UX 200 Luxury – powered by a carry-over 126kW/205Nm, 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine – is now priced from $44,445 before on-road costs – a $2055 price reduction over 2020 pricing.

Lexus attributes the price cut to a reduction in the Luxury's roster of standard equipment, moving LED fog lamps, roof rails, parking support brake, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, keyless entry and DAB+ digital radio to a new $1980 'Enhancement Pack 1'.

Option the aforementioned package and the UX 200 Luxury's price will increase to $46,425 – a $75 net saving over the equivalent 2020 model.

Alongside the UX 200's $2055 cut, all other variants have seen price reductions from $75 to $325. The existing Enhancement Packs 1 and 2 have been renamed 2 and 3, allowing for the new $1980 pack at the lower end of the range.

Changes to the UX for 2021 don't simply consist of equipment reductions, however.

Revisions to the internals of the UX's continuously-variable transmission (CVT) have created a smoother transition between the mechanical first gear and the belt-driven main ratio, delivering a "smoother drive when starting off and coming to a halt", while recalibrated powertrain control electronics have enabled more refined and responsive acceleration.

Inside, additional sound deadening materials and thicker insulation in key areas of the boot floor have reduced the amount of noise entering the cabin.

In the boot, a lower floor height in UX 200 petrol models has increased boot capacity by 50 to 90 litres, for totals of 419 or 424 litres in cars with 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels respectively.

Hybrid UX 250h variants – powered by the same 131kW, 2.0-litre hybrid system as before – gain a new double deck-tray, increasing boot capacity by four to 44 litres depending on variant, to a shared total of 368 litres.

Bolstering the UX's active safety suite – which already includes autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, and more – is an expanded traffic-sign detection system, now capable of reading 40km/h school zone signs.

Other updates include two USB-C ports for the rear seats, replacing the existing USB-A outlets.

The 2021 Lexus UX is now on sale. A full list of each variant's pricing and standard equipment details can be found below.

Above: the 2020 Lexus UX250h F Sport dash

2021 Lexus UX pricing for Australia

NOTE: EP stands for 'Enhancement Pack'

  • UX 200 Luxury – $44,445
  • UX 200 Luxury with EP 1 – $46,425
  • UX 200 Luxury with EP 2 – $48,175
  • UX 200 Luxury with EP 3 – $50,225
  • UX 200 Sports Luxury – $55,250
  • UX 200 Sports Luxury with EP (pack not numbered) – $58,750
  • UX 200 F Sport – $55,750
  • UX 200 F Sport with EP 1 – $58,250
  • UX 200 F Sport with EP 2 – $61,350
  • UX 250h (FWD) Luxury with EP 2 – $52,025
  • UX 250h (FWD) Luxury with EP 3 – $54,075
  • UX 250h (FWD) Sports Luxury – $59,100
  • UX 250h (FWD) Sports Luxury with EP – $62,600
  • UX 250h (FWD) F Sport – $59,600
  • UX 250h (FWD) F Sport with EP 1 – $62,100
  • UX 250h (FWD) F Sport with EP 2 – $65,200
  • UX 250h (AWD) Sports Luxury – $63,600
  • UX 250h (AWD) Sports Luxury with EP – $67,100
  • UX 250h (AWD) F Sport – $64,100
  • UX 250h (AWD) F Sport with EP 1 – $66,600
  • UX 250h (AWD) F Sport with EP 2 – $69,700

UX 200 Luxury highlights

  • 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/60R17 96H Bridgestone tyres
  • LED headlamps
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Rear spoiler
  • Self-dimming interior mirror
  • Push-button start
  • Leather-accented steering wheel and shift lever
  • Heated front seats
  • 10-way driver and eight-way passenger power-adjustable seats
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 7.0-inch LCD instrument display
  • 10.3-inch infotainment screen
  • Satellite navigation
  • Power-adjustable steering column
  • Eight-speaker sound system
  • Lexus safety system+ with Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, Adaptive cruise control, Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Automatic High Beam (AHB), Speed-sign assist
  • 8 airbags
  • Alarm system with tilt sensor and ultrasonic break-In sensor
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

UX 200 Luxury with EP 1 adds

  • LED fog lamps
  • Roof rails
  • Keyless entry
  • DAB+ digital radio
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Parking Support Brake, including rear cross-traffic alert (RCTA)
  • Optional 18-inch Alloy wheels with 225/50RF18 95V Dunlop run-flat tyres ($1595)

UX 200 Luxury / UX 250h Luxury with EP 2 highlights (over Luxury and Luxury with EP 1)

  • Power tailgate
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Cornering lamps
  • Alloy scuff plates
  • Headlamp washer
  • Privacy glass
  • Optional 18-inch Alloy wheels with 225/50RF18 95V Dunlop run-flat tyres ($1595 on UX 200, $1520 on UX 250h)

UX 200 Luxury / UX 250h Luxury with EP 3 adds

  • Power tailgate
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Cornering lamps
  • Alloy scuff plates
  • Headlamp washer
  • Privacy glass
  • Moonroof
  • Optional 18-inch Alloy wheels with 225/50RF18 95V Dunlop run-flat tyres (UX 250h only, $1520)

UX 200 Sports Luxury / UX 250h Sports Luxury highlights

  • 18-inch Alloy wheels with 225/50RF18 95V Dunlop run-flat tyres
  • Exterior mirrors with memory
  • Bi-LED headlamps
  • Power tailgate
  • Cornering lamps
  • Alloy scuff plates
  • Headlamp washer
  • Privacy glass
  • 13-speaker Mark Levinson Audio System including a 20cm subwoofer
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Lexus Safety System+ with Adaptive High-Beam System (AHS)
  • 360-degree camera

UX 200 Sports Luxury / UX 250h Sports Luxury with EP adds

  • Moonroof
  • Head-up display
  • Smart Key Card

UX 200 F Sport / UX 250h F Sport highlights

  • 18-inch F Sport Alloy wheels with 225/50RF18 95V Dunlop run-flat tyres
  • Exclusive F Sport grille, front and rear bumpers
  • Five drive modes (Eco, Normal, Sport S, Sport S+ and Custom)
  • Adaptive dampers
  • Active Sound Control
  • Exterior mirrors with memory
  • Bi-LED headlamps
  • Power tailgate
  • Cornering lamps
  • Alloy scuff plates
  • Headlamp washer
  • Privacy glass
  • 8.0-inch LCD instrument display
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Lexus Safety System+ with Adaptive High-beam System (AHS)

UX 200 F Sport / UX 250h F Sport with EP 1 adds

  • Moonroof

UX 200 F Sport / UX 250h F Sport with EP 2 adds

  • Moonroof
  • 13-speaker Mark Levinson sound system including a 20cm subwoofer
  • Head-up display
  • 360-degree camera
  • Smart Key Card