The compact SUV market has exploded over the last few years, as these practical and versatile alternatives to the sedan or the full-size SUV have found favour with drivers across the UAE. Providing outstanding performance and practicality with a little extra off-road capability than the average sedan, they certainly tick all the right boxes.
At Al-Futtaim Lexus, our selection of luxury SUVs includes two of the best compact crossovers in the market – the Lexus UX and the Lexus NX. But what’s the difference between the two? And which one is right for you? Here’s our rundown of these best-in-class crossovers.
This creative urban explorer has all the finesse of a sedan and the practical aspects of a larger SUV but packaged into a single vehicle. Slightly larger than the average sedan, it has the sleek lines and styling of, for example, a Lexus ES. However, the greater cargo space and larger cabin puts it firmly in the compact SUV category.
A powerful 2.0Ltr engine delivers plenty of horsepower and torque, making the UX ideally suited to longer highway journeys. Around town, it’s nimble, fuel-efficient, and perfect for a trip to the mall or on your daily commute.
The principle of the Lexus UX is to create a synergistic blend of functionality and style using a ‘Cross-Create’ design approach that balances machine and driver. Add in some handcrafted luxury and plenty of technology and you have a user-friendly compact SUV that also delivers an outstanding driver experience.
Who is the UX for?
The Lexus UX is an ideal choice for young professionals who want something that looks stylish, is at home in the city streets, but can also adapt easily for those weekend adventures. That adaptability also makes it a great model for families with young children. The extensive safety package gives you total peace of mind that your most precious cargo is well looked after.
While it also falls into the compact crossover category, the Lexus NX is a very different animal from the UX. This beautiful-looking car has that iconic spindle grille and ‘pinched’ front that is instantly recognizable as a Lexus. However, it’s slightly larger and falls more towards the SUV bracket in terms of looks than a larger sedan.
A powerful 2.4Ltr turbocharged engine delivers plenty of horsepower, smooth acceleration, and best-in-class fuel efficiency. None of the driver experience is sacrificed for that efficiency, though, and the performance of the NX is superb, with blisteringly quick responsiveness thanks to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Inside, the cabin is larger, more refined, and packed with technology, including extensive safety features to keep driver and passengers safe. A hybrid option allows you to cut your emissions to zero when you’re in Eco-mode, and switch back to that feisty 2.4Ltr engine for long highway stretches.
Who is the NX for?
The Lexus NX is for anyone who wants the SUV experience but prefers things to be a little more understated. Perfect for city driving, the NX is nippy, easy to park, and with the Hybrid option, produces no emissions in Eco-Mode so it’s kinder to the planet. The exceptional fuel economy makes it an ideal choice for those who want to manage their running costs. A complete safety package means it’s ideal for families too, and with a large cargo space and higher ground clearance, you can head to the beach or the desert during the weekends, and go back to the daily commute during the week. The best way to pick the right Lexus luxury SUV compact crossover is to book a test drive online today. Talk to Al-Futtaim Lexus about great deals and offers on all new and pre-owned Lexus cars and Experience Amazing for yourself.