The ride doesn't help, either. It amplifies high-frequency bumps and ruts, so you get a constant fidget over coarse surfaces and thumps over expansion joints and the like; it's not overly harsh, but it rarely settles. The £750 optional adaptive dampers that weren't fitted to our test car may well improve matters.
But for its straightforward rev counter, the interior of the NX200t is the same as that of the F Sport version of the NX300h, which means you get a great driving position with electric adjustment and plenty of support from the seat.
There's also adequate space for two adults in the back, a decent-sized boot and a real sense of quality to the cabin, although the layout and some of the materials - including what appears to be starched eggbox cardboard around the steering-wheel audio controls - feel overly fussy.
While you do get plenty of luxury kit included, such as keyless go, front and rear parking sensors and heated seats, adding sat-nav will cost you £995 if you're happy with a rotary-controlled affair. The touch-sensitive pad and nav system shown here is a more expensive £1995 option that also brings extra speakers.
Should I buy one?
You could argue that the NX is unjustifiable as a performance choice thanks to the non-SUV alternatives - Volkswagen Golf R anyone? - that offer a whole other level of performance, entertainment and similar everyday space and practicality for vastly less money. But, clearly, that's comparing apples with oranges, so if you want a top-end, fast SUV, the Lexus looks great and is even reasonably priced next to some rivals.
It's just not enough, though. The Lexus NX200t isn't fun enough to justify the 'sports' tag, and there are better-value fast 4x4s, including the Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI 184, which is a mite slower but also many thousands of pounds cheaper.
Alternatively, if you can afford circa £40,000 for the NX (which it will be after you've added sat-nav), you can probably stretch to £44 for a basic Porsche Macan S, or even an Audi SQ5, which might be a diesel, but it sounds better, is much faster, more fun and comes with everything you could want included.
At least the hybrid NX300h is an impressively cheap company car, but this turbo petrol 200t - good looks aside - is unexceptional in any area.
Location Surrey; On sale Now; Price £38,095; Engine 4 cyls, 1988cc, turbo, petrol; Power 235bhp at 4800-5600rpm; Torque 258lb ft at 1650rpm; Gearbox 6-spd automatic; Kerb weight 1735kg; Top speed 124mph; 0-62mph 7.1sec; Economy 35.8mpg; CO2/tax band 183g/km, 29%