Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Muscular' Motor That Has a Feminine Side

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Muscular' Motor That Has a Feminine Side

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LEXUS describe their new NX Hybrid as having a 'muscular' stance - and there is no doubt the macho mid-size SUV stands out from rivals on the road with its striking, angular bodywork.

However, I suspect the people behind the NX have a broader target market in mind - with features like a detachable centre console vanity mirror plus the fact it is their first compact premium crossover giving the game away.

And it seems to have worked as my wife expressed an interest in getting behind the wheel.

Now, there have been a wide selection of vehicles on our driveway over the past few years, from Dacias to Rolls Royces, but this was the first time she has asked for the keys.

And who can blame her as the NX300h F Sport comes with all the toys and creature comforts, like heated leather memory seats, heads up display, 360-degree camera system, panorama glass roof, premium sat nav and sound system plus a raft of the very latest safety aids including rear cross parking alert, which scans left and right as you reverse out of a parking space to avoid car park dramas? And on the outside there are 18-inch two tone alloy wheels, privacy glass, a power tailgate and illuminated door handles with puddle lamps.

She liked it so much I saw less and less of the NX as the week wore on with it being pressed into service for trips to wedding dress shops and florists across Greater Manchester with her sisters and number one daughter.

Luckily the hybrid proved very frugal with the go juice using the electric motor whenever possible, which meant half a tank left at the end of the week despite the NX regularly being missing when I stepped onto the driveway.

Under the bonnet is a 2.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and battery pack.

All versions get a CVT automatic gearbox, which can make things a little noisy under hard acceleration, while only the entrylevel SE model misses out on fourwheel drive. …

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