The UX 300e has a starting price of £41,745, for which you get 17-inch wheels, air conditioning, rear view camera with directions, front and rear parking sensors, automatic bi-LED headlights and electrically adjustable seats. Meanwhile, behind the steering wheel is a partially customizable digital instrument display.
Our car is a mid-range model fitted with the Premium Plus option pack, which bumps the price up to a slightly exorbitant £45,245. Additional kit includes a wireless smartphone charger, smart keyless entry, heated seats (the front ones are also ventilated), a heated steering wheel and privacy glass.
Inside, the UX 300e looks like a living room. As you’d expect from Lexus, it’s an extremely comfortable and relaxing place to be. Our car is equipped with white leather seats, the surfaces of which will have to be taken care of after a game of football or a muddy walk with a dog.
There’s a mix of leather-effect materials and soft plastics all around the cabin. The dash looks and feels premium, although explore under the center console and you’ll start to find scratchier, cheaper plastics.
The focal point of the cabin is the 7.0-inch infotainment screen. This is the same unit found in several other Lexus models, and my first impressions aren’t entirely positive. For one thing, it’s not a touchscreen (listen up). Instead, menus have to be navigated via a touchpad and small control unit, which are cumbersome and require too much concentration to be used safely on the go. Plus, the screen itself is rather stingy compared to its rivals. The laptop-like 15.0-inch screens found in the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model 3 may be overkill for some, but this one looks just as out of proportion in a modern electric car.