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Lexus NX 200t in the driving report: How does the SUV drive without a hybrid?

Harald Dawo
Lexus NX 200t in the driving report
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Lexus is now equipping its visually distinctive SUV with a conventional drive. Whereby that for L exus is again unusual. The brand's first turbo gasoline engine in the Lexus NX 200t has 238 hp, is combined with a six-speed automatic and either front-wheel or all-wheel drive, but has no hybrid support. We have already driven it.

Take a look at the pictures of the new Lexus NX 200t good! Because you will seldom see this car in person. Around 20 percent of all NX should be sold as 200t in Germany. But 20 percent of this type is only 150 cars.

Lexus NX 200t with complex engine technology

No wonder. Because the competitors of Audi Q5, BMW X3 and X4 will not be available with a diesel engine that is so popular in this country. Instead, the NX 200t is the first Turbo gasoline engine launched in Lexus history. From four cylinders and two liters of displacement, it gets 238 hp and 350 Newton meters of torque from 1650 revolutions per minute. Elaborate technology such as a twin-scroll turbocharger, the integrated 4-in-2 exhaust manifold, special fuel injection and variable valve control should avoid turbo lag and ensure a standard consumption of 7.7 liters per 100 kilometers. In terms of responsiveness, the Japan Turbo impresses with the first driving impression.

While the engine characteristic is controlled in a fuel-efficient manner in the eco driving mode, the six-speed automatic reacts with shorter shift times in the sport modes, so that the NX reacts directly to gas commands responds. You only want a little more fire in higher engine speed regions, but in the all-wheel drive version you want to move at least 1810 kilograms.

Lexus NX 200t with good comfort

The NX is for that in all situations pleasantly comfortable. The automatic reacts appropriately quickly, shifts gently and without jerking, the motor only acoustically pushes itself into the foreground at high speeds, but otherwise impresses with its quiet and cultivated run. With its 30 control levels, the adaptive chassis also finds a good mix of smoothly ironing away unevenness withoutto falter in the process. Together with the comfortable front seats, which should narrow the wide cross of whole guys a bit, but give a lot of lateral support, long distances can also be covered comfortably.

Rear passengers have to get by with less lateral support, but they can do that Adjust the angle of the rear seat back individually. There is enough space for them with 918 millimeters of legroom. There is also a lot of space in the trunk, 580 and up to 1625 liters capacity are a good value in the class.

Lots of assistance and safety systems

The infotainment and equipment range, which is identical to that of the hybrid model, is also comparable. From the head-up display and 360-degree camera, to WiFi hotspots and a surround sound system with 14 speakers, to assistance systems such as adaptive cruise control, active lane departure warning and eight airbags, everything is available.

Prices start at 42,000 euros for the front-wheel drive, or 43,400 euros for the all-wheel drive variant. Adjusted for equipment, the hybrid model is cheaper in the base. In contrast, there is no difference in design between 300h and 200t. Many clearly separated edges on the outside and different materials including decorative stitching in the interior give the NX a dynamic and energetic appearance that not everyone will like. But the high attention value of an SUV does not have to be a disadvantage, as the successes of various other vehicles with polarizing optics show. And after all, you can be so sure: If you come across one of the few Lexus NXs, you'll notice.


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