A mid-size SUV. No premium manufacturer’s range is complete without one. Audi has the Q5, BMW has the X3, Range Rover has the Evoque and now Lexus has this, the NX.

It arrives in the UK first in 300h form, featuring Lexus’s petrol-electric hybrid powertrain. And as we’ll discover, it is, for better or worse, unafraid to look, feel and drive differently from the accepted segment norm.

Chief among those differences is that it’s the only car in the sector not offered with a diesel engine. There is this hybrid, offered with a choice of front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, and (from early next year) a new 2.0-litre turbo petrol NX200t model with standard all-wheel drive.

Just like other Lexus models, none is afraid to ask a premium price, either. The NX300h in flagship Premier specification costs almost £43,000, which would buy you not just the more expensive models in the BMW X3 range but even a lower-spec X5.

Is the new Lexus worth such a premium? We’ll find out in this review.

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