Alternative premium-brand appeal will play a part in the argument for convinced NX customers, as will the promise of excellent customer service from the dealer. The NX’s apparent high material quality and finish should likewise impress.

But none of the above is likely to sell the NX300h to company car drivers quite like its carbon emissions. With an entry-level S model qualifying for benefit-in-kind (company car tax) at just 16 percent of list price at the time of review, the car could save a 40 percent income tax payer almost £1000 a year compared with an equivalent BMW X3. Thus, Lexus’s familiar hybrid trump card serves as a solid launch pad for its new compact SUV, just as it did for the CT hatchback.

An Audi Q5 might be as dull to drive but its ownership proposition is much stronger than the Lexus'

Residual values are good across the range, but not outstanding – and real-world fuel economy likewise. Luxury specification is expected to be the most popular and with good reason. Add to that the factory navigation and powered tailgate and try to negotiate your dealer down to a nice round number. 


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