2019 Lexus UX 250h F Sport v Toyota C-HR Koba AWD Comparison | carsales

2019 Lexus UX 250h F Sport v Toyota C-HR Koba AWD Comparison | carsales

There are a lot of people that will tell you
the Lexus UX is just a Toyota C-HR with a different badge on the front. And while the two might share a platform,
most of their electrical architecture and a few drive line components it’s about there that the similarities end. But on this test it’s value for money that
matters most. Is the C-HR a better financial proposition
than the Lexus UX or is this a case of you get what you pay for? The Lexus UX range begins at almost $10,000
more than the most expensive Toyota C-HR. Both offer front and all-wheel drive configurations,
a continuously variable transmission, and both offer four-cylinder power. For the C-HR on this test it’s a 1.2-litre petrol engine while the UX gets a 2-litre normally aspirated petrol with
electric hybrid assist. The hybrid Lexus makes more power and torque,
is more fuel-efficient, and has better CO2 emissions than the Toyota. Safety equipment for both variants tested
is identical and impressively comprehensive. While exterior dimensions and their turning
circles are identical. That said the Lexus is heavier by a whole
100 kilograms. Interestingly it’s the C-HR that gets a
slightly bigger boot, a better warranty, and the ability to tow which leaves the remainder
of this argument one of quality and value. Behind the wheel there’s little to separate
the Lexus UX and Toyota C-HR unless of course you’re in a hurry. Under acceleration it’s the Lexus that really
hustles. The hybrid drive line efficient in every sense
of the term. Sharing 18-inch alloy wheels there’s little
difference in ride comfort and the quietness of the cabin is wonderfully muted regardless
of which badge you choose. But of course it’s the use of high-end materials
and a more sophisticated design that really sets the UX apart. It’s inside the cabin of the Lexus where
you really begin to see where some of that money starts to go. In addition to nicer material quality there’s
little touches like the LFA inspired instrument binnacle and larger centre screen. That said we’re not entirely convinced that
the touchscreen interface is the right fit for a car like this. It’s very difficult to use on the go and
can be a bit fiddly. If you can’t cough up the coin for a Lexus
we reckon the Toyota equivalent is a terrific second prize. Sure it mightn’t have the latest drive line
technology or a luxurious cabin but it is a competent city sized SUV with enough bells
and whistles to keep most buyers happy and in a bustling SUV market like ours that can
only be a good thing.

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. To CS, if you were genuine about these cars, you would know the CHR does not come in hybrid (as yet) as of October, and even when it does come in hybrid later in 2010, it is only a 2WD version, not AWD hybrid in the case of UX

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