LEXUS NX

Auto Express - - Winter Driving Special -

AS a pioneer of hy­brid tech­nol­ogy, Lexus is a mar­ket leader. It has two petrol/elec­tric SUVS in its range, and the NX is the smaller of the two, ri­valling the likes of the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.

A re­cent up­date saw the line-up go hy­brid-only, and the NX 300h uses the same sys­tem found in the IS 300h sa­loon. Four-wheel drive is of­fered on SE mod­els and above cour­tesy of a rear-mounted elec­tric mo­tor that cuts in when ex­tra grip is needed.

Price range: £34,895-£44,395 Our pick: NX 300h Lux­ury (£37,895) En­gine: 2.5-litre 4cyl petrol plus elec­tric mo­tor, 197bhp Trans­mis­sion: E-CVT auto, part-time 4WD Top speed: 112mph Econ­omy: 54.3mpg CO2: 121g/km

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