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2019 Lexus UX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2019 Lexus UX was new.


Interior: 5.7

The all-new 2019 Lexus UX looks stylish inside, but opinions differ about the materials quality. Some reviewers say the UX looks and feels like its more-expensive brethren, but others say there are some low-grade, even cheap, materials. The seats are comfortable and reasonably spacious, and cargo space is decent, though a high load floor and sloping roof and hatch make it tricky to load bulky items. The infotainment system is one of the worst in the class.

  • "Even though it's being pitched as a low-priced Lexus, the UX does a better job of imitating the luxury quotient of its big siblings than the German mini-utes do. A nice mix of materials inside includes expensive-feeling plastics, soft faux leather, and an interesting trim piece on the dash that's meant to evoke a type of Japanese paper." -- Car and Driver
  • "Despite the UX's entry-level positioning, cheapness is hard to find in any form. To the contrary, this SUV's interior is well appointed, and the washi paper-like texture on certain dash panels dresses up the space in uniquely Japanese fashion." -- New York Daily News
  • "Look a bit closer, however, and you'll find evidence of cost savings. Some materials feel cheap, hollow or unfinished, particularly on the door panels. Handles look like brushed metal but feel like plastic. And the bottom insert on the door panels in our test car had a rough surface that reminded us of spun fiberglass. Even the upholstery lacks a certain sheen and pliability that we've come to expect from a car bearing a Lexus badge. While we can reconcile some of these design and materials choices to simple economics, savvier shoppers might be less impressed, especially after sitting in a BMW or a Mercedes." -- Edmunds


The all-new UX seats five people on Lexus NuLuxe leatherette upholstery. Eight-way power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and front sport seats are available. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats.

It's easy to find a comfortable driving position, and both rows of seats have ample headroom for most adults. The rear seats, however, are smaller than in many competitors. Still, you can seat four adults relatively comfortably.

  • "Officially, the UX seats five passengers, but it's best to keep it to four if you value your friends. Most subcompacts suffer from tight rear seats, and the UX is even a bit cozier than its rivals. But what the UX lacks in general elbow room, it makes up for with average legroom and decent headroom, enough that it should fend off complaints from 6-foot-tall riders." -- Edmunds
  • "… the cabin is a great place to spend time—at least in the well-contoured and comfy seats, which are also well-bolstered in the F Sport. It's undeniably tight in the back, where shortening the NX's wheelbase by 0.8 inch somehow pruned rear legroom by 3.0 inches. In this segment, only the Audi Q3 offers less legroom." -- Motor Trend
  • "The inside of the Lexus UX offers plenty of space for your fellow active-lifestyle friends. With the driver's seat adjusted so I could drive comfortably, I had good (if not exceptional) legroom in the second row, as well as plenty of headroom, so fitting four adults should be fine. Though a low cowl and skinny pillars provide a panoramic view forward and to the sides, the UX's stylized C-pillars and somewhat small rear window reduce over-your-shoulder visibility." -- CNET

Interior Features

The UX's standard infotainment system includes a 7-inch display screen, the Lexus Remote Touch Interface, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and three USB ports. The Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 also comes standard, and it includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, lane trace assist, traffic sign recognition, automatic high beams, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection.

Available features include a head-up display, front and rear parking sensors, front and rear cross traffic alert, and an upgraded infotainment system with a 10.25-inch display screen, navigation, and an eight-speaker audio system.

The infotainment system leaves plenty of room for improvement. Some of the controls are in unconventional locations – like the audio knobs on the center console. The system's menus are unnecessarily complex, and the Remote Touch controller is an unwieldy way to make selections.

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  • "Unfortunately, the interior is hamstrung by the laptop-style touchpad for the infotainment screen. … Even at its slowest setting, the cursor moves too quickly across the screen, making it easy to overshoot within menus and click the wrong item. Zooming in and out within the map is also tricky, and embedded too deep within the system." -- Autoblog
  • "Unfortunately, both of those screens rely on the same frustratingly obtuse Remote Touch Interface software as found in other Lexus models. Translation? An overly complicated menu structure is operated by a twitchy touchpad on the center console." -- CNET
  • "Unfortunately, the frustrating infotainment touchpad carries over from other Lexus models. Curiously, the volume and tuning knobs have been relocated from the center stack to the center console where they're meant to fall to hand for a driver using the armrest. It seems logical, but the layout takes some getting used to, and we're not sure it's better than having those knobs on the dashboard." -- Car and Driver


With the rear seats up, the UX provides up to 21.7 cubic feet of cargo space. That’s a decent total for the class, but there are some problems with the cargo hold. The sloped roofline makes it tougher to load large items, and the high liftover height may cause issues when you load heavy objects.

  • "The UX's biggest fault may be cargo space, or rather the lack thereof. I'd love to say the UX is sized for parking rather than packing, except that I already used that zinger in an article about the Corolla hatchback. … I expected to find hidden storage space under the floor, but no such luck. The rake of the hatch lid limits how much you can pack in, and big suitcases will require folding the rear seats. No wonder Lexus says the UX is sized for couples—if you have young kids, things would get cramped in a hurry." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The UX's small footprint is a limiting factor for cargo capacity, and packaging is not this vehicle's strong suit. The hatch opening is small with an uncomfortably tall lift-over height, and there's not much space to be had overall." -- Car and Driver
  • "Cargo space is a bit tight. The floor is very high (even though there's nothing -- not even a spare tire -- underneath it) and the liftgate slopes. … The rear seats do fold down for more storage." -- CNET

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