It's really not bad to drive provided you just want a fairly fast SUV and not a fun SUV. The engine is quiet at low revs, while the auto 'box slurs through its changes slowly but smoothly and in normal driving is generally in the right ratio and does what you expect it to.
This, added to progressive throttle and brake response and fairly meaty, predictable steering, makes smooth driving really easy.
Drive with some attitude, though, and it all falls apart. Swing briskly into a corner and you wouldn't really know that the four-wheel drive system is - apparently - sending up to 50% of the drive to the rear axle rather than just to the front.
The NX understeers with gusto, just as if it were front-wheel drive only (which it is in steady-state driving), until you back off the throttle in order to point the nose back in the direction you initially hoped it would be heading.
There's little adjustability or playfulness, and while that steering weight and response is fine in everyday pottering, a string and a cup offers about the same sense of connection.
Added to this the fact that the engine feels strained and sounds unpleasantly whiney at high revs and that the gearbox struggles to respond promptly in fast driving, it's quickly apparent that the sports element of the NX is really only skin deep.
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.