Lexus might once have been known as a boring, conservative car company, but things have changed, and the NX200t is definitely a love it or hate it proposition.
This is one of the newest additions to the CarAdvice long-term garage and there’s good reason we chose to spend some time with this specific SUV. The NX200t is easily Lexus’ most popular model. It’s currently beating the Mercedes Benz GLA, the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3 in the sales charts.
You might be confronted at first by the amount of buttons and switchgear given how many cars go for less is more inside the cabin these days. You get used to it pretty quickly though and the NX is an easy SUV to master.
One of the first things you’ll notice are the incredibly comfortable seats. The position itself is close to perfect, but the seats are so beautifully deigned and executed, you’ll think they’ve come from a much more expensive vehicle.
The 2.0-litre turbocharged engine is punchy and we think the NX is the perfect platform for it too, especially matched to the smooth six-speed auto. There’s a sense that the engine is perfectly matched to the balance of the chassis. 175kW and 350Nm are more than enough for this segment, and the ADR fuel claim of 7.9L/100km isn’t too bad either.
We reckon the ride can be a little on the hard side, especially for an SUV, but you barely notice thanks to the beautiful seats and the sense of insulated quiet in the cabin.
The NX200t is an exceptional compact SUV that does everything you ask of it with effortless ease. It might be Lexus’ first foray into the segment, but it’s a pretty damn impressive first effort.