Everyone has their hand in the SUV market these days, so Lexus decided to add another option to an already saturated market. I present to you: The Lexus UX 200 F-sport.
The 2019 Lexus UX 200 F-Sport has a 2.0L inline four-cylinder engine and a 10 speed automatic transmission. While the UX I drove is front wheel drive, there is an all-wheel drive option that should be coming soon, but we will talk about that later. The 2.0L is on the smaller end of engines offered in today’s SUV market, but the UX makes do. Its platform mate the Toyota C-HR also has a 2.0L, which felt dull in comparison to that in the Lexus. The 10 speed automatic transmission is lovely, shifting when it should and not when it shouldn’t. Now like I mentioned earlier, the UX 200 F-sport is front wheel drive, but there is an all-wheel drive option with the hybrid. The hybrid has electric motors placed at the rear wheels to deliver all-wheel drive without adding a large driveshaft or other mechanical parts required for gas-powered all-wheel drive. So you can get a hybrid, but it has to be all-wheel drive. And you can get all-wheel drive, but it has to be a hybrid. They are not mutually exclusive.
The interior of the UX 200 was comfortable and logical. The arm rest has radio controls at the edge, perfectly positioned to be at your fingertips while you comfortably rest your arm. The infotainment system is loaded with every single avenue you might want to listen to your music. CDs? Got it. HD Radio? Got it. Bluetooth? Got it. The steering wheel is heated, as well as the seats which actually have an auto feature to ensure your buns don’t get too toasty.
Now let’s talk about the F-sport package, since this is the UX 200 F-sport. The UX F-sport has cooler gauges, sportier seats, F-sport embossed steering wheel, special suspension, paddle shifters, and F-sport exterior badging. Personally, I am a big fan of the F-sport package, but I understand it’s not a necessity for most UX buyers.
The 2019 Lexus UX 200 F-sport checks a lot of my boxes for not only a good SUV, but a good car. It’s comfortable, easy to get used to, and classy. What more can you ask for from a compact SUV?