2017 Lexus NX 200t Sports Luxury Review

2017 Lexus NX 200t Sports Luxury Road Test, Review

In the Australian automotive industry, affordable luxury has become synonymous with Lexus – a favourite thanks to its reliability, attention to detail, sophisticated design and innovation.

In a first for Lexus, the highly anticipated NX range has received a turbocharged petrol engine – the result of nine years of in-house innovative development.

The Lexus NX 200t (t is for turbocharged) comes in as a surprise package in the AWD SUV luxury market segment. Recently I got to test the top of the range AWD Sports Luxury.

As the name suggests, Lexus has created an effortless blend of sporty performance and design with luxurious features.

At $80,418 RDAP it’s not spare change. So what are you getting for your money?

First impressions count. It’s an age old saying that still rings true, even in the motor vehicle market.

Lexus certainly has packed a punch in the NX 200t managing to balance on that fine line between aggressive sports styling and fluidic curvaceous lines that seem balanced by the unmistakably angular Lexus grille and enveloping light placement.

The interior is all Lexus, with an emphasis on material quality and comfort for all occupants. There is leather abound with a choice of six – yes that’s right six – colour combinations.

There are heating and cooling controls for the seats and lumbar support for the driver, a moon roof and complete keyless entry with push button start.

Rear occupants also benefit from the Lexus Luxury treatment with unique wireless charging trays – something that has to be experience to truly appreciate.

It is the little things that combine to make luxury.

The infotainment system has a touchpad control system that is somewhat fiddly and requires left handed dexterity.

The overall layout of the dials, knobs and buttons is extremely functional and intuitive providing access to a comprehensive satellite navigation system, reverse camera and an audio system that boasts Bluetooth connectivity, 2 USB ports and a 14 speaker Mark Levinson system delivering top quality sound.

Luxury also includes the little things – such as the side mirrors dipping when reversing to provide a better view and power rear folding seats that can be controlled from the front, rear seats or the boot.

Then there are the headline items such as colour heads-up display, 360 degree top-down camera view, adaptive cruise control with pre-collision warning, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and LED headlights with auto high beam.

Safety clearly has been a number one priority with a 5 star ANCAP rating.

The Lexus NX200t is powered by a Lexus-first 2.0L turbocharged petrol engine that produces 175kW and 350Nm and is paired with a 6 speed automatic transmission.

The Sports Luxury had a real world fuel consumption of just over 10L/100km.

As I always say it comes down to fit for use and 95% of the time the NX200t will be coasting along the black top and will provide effortless urban comfort as the suspension and wide tyres absorb any small bumps and lumps.

The ‘Sport’ title may be a little over-rated when it comes to handling.

Also to be fair this vehicle may see some gravel on the driveway in the country estate but as far as off road use goes that will probably be the extent of it. Towing just isn’t really an option.

This is an AWD SUV that has the safety of AWD as a feature rather than anything else.

As with all Lexus vehicles the reliability is first class and the Lexus NX200t Sports Luxury comes with the standard 4 year/100,000km warranty and owner benefits such as a complimentary service loan car and access to 24hr 4 year Lexus DriveCare assistance.

While every person is looking for something different in their next vehicle, there are some things that are universal; value for money, the latest and greatest technology, comfort and reliability.

It’s next to impossible to ignore just how many boxes the Lexus NX 200t Sports Luxury ticks and proves yet again that Lexus’ dedication to getting it just right has paid off.

NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 Lexus NX200T

  • Engine: 2.0 litre Turbo producing 175kW/35Nm
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic
  • Safety: Five stars
  • Warranty: 4 years/100,000km
  • Origin: Japan
  • Price: From $80,408

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