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It’s always interesting to see a company venturing into new territories, such as the launch of this compact SUV, the Lexus NX. Exchange of key parts with the Toyota RAV4, NX is available as the mild hybrid, having NX300h or NX200t fuel, the first Lexus turbocharged. After a brief experience of the first unit in both cases, we finally have a NX300h (covered separately) and this version of the sport of NX200t sportified F in our offices to track tests. Where applicable in the field of compact luxury utes that have explored this year, a class that includes the Audi Q3, BMW X 1 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA NX?
We were particularly interested in seeing how this 2.0 liter four cylinder twin-scroll Turbo motivate 4021-pound crossover. It uses two injectors per cylinder and an exhaust tube four-in-two integrated is said to reduce lag and companions to a new six-speed automatic transmission. Finish F Sport brings a larger effort steering system and sport-tuned suspension view raise NX management performance level ‘ enemies ‘ of Lexus, Audi Q5 and BMW X 3.
The numbers that got on the track is not exactly your fire of light hair, NX accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds and reach the quarter-mile in 15.3 seconds 92 mph. To 60 mph time of ties last Q5 2.0 t test remains more than 0.7 seconds behind both the lighter BMW X 1 xDrive28i and the x 3 heavier with the same engine. Despite the work of Lexus to reduce turbo lag, lag is made present, evident in balanceo-Start (5-60 km/h) acceleration time of 7.8 seconds, 0.8 and 0.2 second behind the X 3 and Q5, respectively. Not helping, will rise 6 rpm speed different in each change, sometimes in 6000, 6200 RPM or sometimes 6500 rpm, according to our tester. “Very strange,” he said.
On the positive side, four’s quiet, more so than even the hybrid of two decibels to 1 70 mph cruise (66 to 68 decibels). However, to activate the “active control of sound” system in sport mode and the cabin fills with a pleasant note barking, technically inauthentic, engine.
When the road bends, NX200t exhibited crispy sensation in turn, decent, through direction and excellent high speed stability on their belts F sport-specific belts, when driven gently, anyway. But even a little push and succumbs to understeer. Just for a high cross can do a lot when 59% your weight sits atop the front wheels; even with all-wheel drive and the summer tires, the front end washed in a modest 0.79 g on the skidpad, pestle just 0.02 g hybrid model and much lower than the goal of 0.86 g established by X 3 and Q5. Let the f Sport of 70 km/h in just 167 feet (less than 2 X 3 feet), and your brakes exhibited zero fade, even after many repeated trials.
You say, ‘ what about the style, but Lexus certainly earns valor points. Complete spindle F Sport black grille, disorderly constellation of elements without connecting (all LED lighting, in the case of our tester) head, black mirrors and headlights, 18-inch wheels were about as many fans as detractors both at home and on the street. Opinions vary widely, but most of us agree that sculptural body, works better than the nose and the sport of F, looks better than standard NX200t. In fact, this is one of those cars that “has a gorgeous body, butter face. ”
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As with the exterior, the interior is busy, compact and expressive. Lexus says that “active brokers” participated in the design of the car, including engineer Takeaki Kato, and his influence can be found in the excellent position F Sport, excellent sport front seats and aluminum pedals, a steering wheel very small diameter bypass which is excellent. Other elements tailored to the sport F include faces, use plates and accents of the dashboard and doors.
With such compact dimensions, nothing is very far from the hands of the driver. The center stack stands out towards the occupants, creating a shelf that are on the screen of the stand-up BMW and HVAC that controls close to hand. Information and entertainment in our tester controls include the best Lexus remote touch controller but iteration (included in $2140 package navigation), which became a touch pad and an ergonomic handle resting on the console. The other side is that there is a lot of space, especially for the occupants of the front seats, you’ll discover that all kinds of feels as if it is reduced to its back. The average size driver could feel the pay is measured in form (that a sprinter can be seen), while the body of low-ish and narrow the ceiling may be too tight for larger people.
At a base price of $ 38.905 to model all-wheel-drive and a price as evidence of $ 44.375 (which included a Premium package, a moonroof, parking assist, blind spot monitors, in addition to the navigation system mentioned), we’re not sure, we strongly recommend NX200t F Sport all-wheel-drive BMW X 3 or $41,450 $ 39.825 Audi Q5, not to mention less expensive x 1 and Q3 which we see as direct competitors. However, we recommend the sport (F) in the standard version, since it makes the NX200t a creature significantly more for a reasonable $ 2100 sports. Just don’t overdo it. Read : Best Rated SUV 2016 Honda HR-V