Lexus UX: Nimble crossover

The interior of the Lexus UX200 includes a dash top lined with a surface reminiscent of Japanese washi paper, a large infotainment screen paired with a user-friendly touchpad, and hi-fi controls recessed in the beak of the centre armrest. The Lexus U
The interior of the Lexus UX200 includes a dash top lined with a surface reminiscent of Japanese washi paper, a large infotainment screen paired with a user-friendly touchpad, and hi-fi controls recessed in the beak of the centre armrest. The Lexus UX200 has a contemporary styling, with an emphasis on aerodynamics, elegance and accessibility.PHOTOS: TOYOTA MOTOR
The interior of the Lexus UX200 includes a dash top lined with a surface reminiscent of Japanese washi paper, a large infotainment screen paired with a user-friendly touchpad, and hi-fi controls recessed in the beak of the centre armrest. The Lexus U
The interior of the Lexus UX200 includes a dash top lined with a surface reminiscent of Japanese washi paper, a large infotainment screen paired with a user-friendly touchpad, and hi-fi controls recessed in the beak of the centre armrest. The Lexus UX200 has a contemporary styling, with an emphasis on aerodynamics, elegance and accessibility.PHOTOS: TOYOTA MOTOR
The interior of the Lexus UX200 includes a dash top lined with a surface reminiscent of Japanese washi paper, a large infotainment screen paired with a user-friendly touchpad, and hi-fi controls recessed in the beak of the centre armrest. The Lexus U
The interior of the Lexus UX200 includes a dash top lined with a surface reminiscent of Japanese washi paper, a large infotainment screen paired with a user-friendly touchpad, and hi-fi controls recessed in the beak of the centre armrest. The Lexus UX200 has a contemporary styling, with an emphasis on aerodynamics, elegance and accessibility.PHOTOS: TOYOTA MOTOR

The Lexus UX has what it takes to carve a niche in the bulging compact crossover segment

Nearly 30 years ago, Toyota made the Lexus LS, a sedan which caught the luxury makers napping like the proverbial hare.

As surely as the LS propelled Lexus into the premium segment, its rivals have all but caught up since.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 15, 2018, with the headline 'Nimble crossover'. Print Edition | Subscribe