2023 Lexus UX 250h: What’s changed?

Lexus is introducing a package of upgrades for the 2023 Lexus UX 250h compact luxury SUV this summer, focusing on more style choices, improved multimedia and connectivity and a sporty new model grade, F Sport Design.

Launched in 2019, the UX is a stylish and capable urban crossover that enjoys the role of a gateway model to the Lexus brand. Built on Lexus’s GA-C global architecture platform, it reaps the benefits of a low centre of gravity and a highly rigid body for a rewarding drive with faithful responses to the driver’s inputs.  Its SUV credentials are enhanced with the option of Lexus’s electronic E-Four all-wheel-drive system.

2023 Lexus UX: new multimedia systems

The revised 2023 Lexus UX 250h benefits from Lexus’s new multimedia systems, giving a faster, more intuitive response, focused on the human-centred operation and increased functionality.

2023 Lexus UX 250h

According to equipment grade, models are fitted with either eight or 12.3-inch displays, with touchscreen technology replacing the previous trackpad control. The new displays have been moved forward on the instrument panel, bringing them closer to the driver for comfortable operation. They present crisper graphics – in high definition on the 12.3-inch screen. Significantly increased computing power means command responses are quicker, while “always connected” cloud-based navigation is provided as standard, giving access to real-time road and traffic information for easier journey planning. The 12.3-inch system has embedded navigation, so operation is available in areas where cloud connection is unavailable.

The system’s new voice recognition system includes the option of using the “Hey Lexus” onboard assistant. This makes for easier use of voice commands to make phone calls, operate the audio and climate control and search the net. It can link to cloud-based information, so, for example, it can be asked about nearby fuel prices and other local information. It is programmed to understand more conversational terms and is better able to recognise commands when there is background noise – the audio doesn’t have to be muted and the microphones can identify whether it is the driver or front passenger speaking.  

2023 Lexus UX 250h

Smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay (wireless connection) or Android Auto (wired connection) is provided as standard and, for complete convenience, updates to the multimedia system software can be delivered over the air using the car’s DCM (data communication module). Connectivity options include a USB-A port in the centre console box for playback of high-resolution sound sources and two USB-C ports for device charging on the console. The multimedia system can save the personal preference profiles of up to three people, customising the multimedia, audio and navigation settings.

The space on the centre console where the multimedia trackpad was located is now home to controls for the heated front seats or, where these are not specified, a handy small storage cubby. The console also features an illuminated tray in front of the air conditioning control panel, with space to hold a large smartphone.

True to Lexus’s famous omotenashi hospitality, owners will be able to use the Lexus Link smartphone app to lock or unlock the doors or operate the air conditioning system remotely, so that the cabin can be cooled or warmed before they set off on a journey.

Introduction of new F Sport Design grade to UX 250h

The F Sport Design grade is a new addition to the 2023 Lexus UX 250h range, making powerful F Sport exterior styling accessible to more customers.

Its road presence is enhanced with the F Sport spindle grille, featuring a Lexus L-motif mesh pattern, finished in black with a chrome surround for the lower section that accentuates the car’s planted stance. The same pattern is featured in the enlarged bezels housing the fog lights and cornering lights in the F Sport front bumper, with contrasting chrome L-shaped surrounds. The rear bumper also has an F Sport-specific design, with a jet black roof spoiler and moulding details around the light clusters. The 18-inch F Sport alloy wheels have a 10-spoke design and a dark metallic finish.

Other F Sport Design standard specification details include synthetic leather seat upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic air conditioning with Lexus’ Nanoe-X air quality system, reversing camera, automatic wipers, LED headlights with Automatic High Beam, chrome roof rails, black wheel arch mouldings and Lexus “F” badging.

Revisions to UX 250h F Sport

The revised F Sport specification makes Adaptive Variable Suspension and front and rear performance rods standard features, elements that contribute to the model’s sharper handling and chassis response and smoother ride quality on all road surfaces. The AVS’s control system has been adjusted so there is a seamless shift to high damping force when conditions require, so there is a less abrupt change in vehicle behaviour. Tuning of the system has also reduced high and mid-frequency vibration.

2023 Lexus UX 250h

The steering feel has been improved with a new rigid joint between the top of the steering gearbox mount and the suspension member. In line with this extra rigidity, the shock absorber damping force has been appropriately adjusted for optimum performance. 

Improved rigidity

Improvements to the 2023 Lexus UX include measures to further increase body rigidity with additional spot welds on the bottom edge of the side member opening and the lower back panel opening and a more rigid steel back door reinforcement.

Colour choices

The UX is available with a new exterior paintwork option, Sonic Platinum. This special finish uses Lexus’s advanced sonic paint technology in which a layer just a few microns thick brings the metallic flakes in the paint into a closer, uniform alignment, creating an extra brilliance and deeper shading across the car’s bodywork.

2023 Lexus UX 250h

The revised range also provides a wider choice of bi-tone finishes, with six colours available in combination with a contrast black roof on the F Sport and F Sport Design models.

In the cabin, there is a new Hazel colour option available for all the upholstery options – fabric and synthetic and genuine leather – for all UX versions apart from the F Sport. The perforated leather upholstery has a fresh look with a new kagome stitchwork pattern, inspired by a traditional Japanese basket weave. The synthetic leather upholstery has a new sashiko pleating effect.

Lexus Safety System+

Revisions to the UX 250h’s Lexus Safety System+ bring improved performance in the Pre-Collision System, equipping the car with Intersection Turning Assist for safer left and right turns across traffic at intersections and Emergency Steering Assist, which helps the driver steer to avoid obstacles without departing from their traffic lane. The Dynamic Radar Cruise Control adopts Curve Speed Reduction, which automatically adjusts the vehicle’s speed to suit the radius of a bend in the road.

Efficient powertrain

The UX 250h’s powertrain is unchanged, delivering excellent efficiency and refined performance with fourth-generation Lexus hybrid electric technology; the 2.0-litre system develops 181bhp/135kW.

2023 Lexus UX 250h

Following its launch in 2019, the Lexus UX rapidly became our best-selling model in Europe, with its urban twist on the luxury crossover theme resonating with more than 50,000 new car buyers. In order to make the hybrid Lexus UX 250h more alluring than ever, a number of exterior and interior refinements have been applied for the 2022 model year.

All information was correct at the time of publishing.


  1. I’ve just found out that lexus is changing it’s rear badge will my lexus ux have old or new badge I am not expecting my car for a couple of months

    1. Hello Ritchie,
      Your Lexus Centre would be best placed to advise on the vehicle you have ordered.

      1. Hello Peter, thanks for your comment.

        We are very sorry to hear you are experiencing issues with your Lexus UX.

        Your local Lexus Centre are best placed to advise you with this. There, the technicians can view your vehicle and offer their expertise.

        You can locate your closest centre here: https://www.lexus.co.uk/forms/find-a-centre

        Hope this helps.


  2. Hi. Can you confirm that the 2023 UX 250 h fsport deign has automatic folding mirrors and electric seat movers.

    1. Hello Steve, thanks for your question.

      The UX 250h F Sport Design has heated, autofolding and electrically adjustable door mirrors. However, it does not have electrically adjustable seats. This function is available on the Premium Plus Pack, F Sport and Takumi grades.


  3. Hi , I have just been informed that my lexus ux 250h takumi has now been built. How long will it take to reach the UK.

    1. Hello Anil, thanks for your question.

      We would recommend contacting your Lexus Centre for delivery updates.


  4. If I order a UX250 F Sport design for my next motability lease can I upgrade the car to the takumi spec?

    1. Hello Paul, thanks for your question.

      We would recommend contacting your Lexus Centre regarding this.


    1. Hello Anil, thanks for your question.

      Modern vehicles invariably come with a high level of built-in security but as with any model in our range, we would always recommend extra measures to protect your car from theft. Here are our top recommendations for improving car security to reduce the risk of becoming a victim to crime: https://fal.cn/3wm1C.


  5. Hi, just ordered a UX F-Sport Premium Plus. Bit confused as regards the seat material, is it real leather or imitation leather please? Also, the configurator on the website only gives the Premium Plus with sunroof option and not just the Premium Plus package on its own. Is the sunroof a standard fit on the Premium Plus package? Neither of the above are important, I would just like to know for my own information!! 😉 Thanks.

    1. Hello Tony, thanks for getting in touch.

      Congratulations on your Lexus purchase!

      For the UK specification UX 250h 2023 F-Sport Premium Plus Pack, the material of the seats are as follows:

      – Smooth Leather in Black, F White or Flare Red

      This car can be purchased with the Premium Plus Pack with or without the Sun Roof.

      Hope this helps.


  6. I,ve just taken my ux f sport design but do not appear to have blind spot monitor etc equipment has this been excluded- it is shown as standard equipment

    1. Hello Barrie, thanks for your query.

      Please provide your vehicle registration so that we can look into this for you.


  7. Hello lexus I have had my mobility ux250h hybrid for four weeks I looked on the Internet at this model but am a little disappointed with it the car has little to what you see on the slots about the model is this a car just for mobility I paid a good deposit for it and now looking again maybe did not look hard enough at this model sorry to moan

    1. Hello Frank, thanks for getting in touch.

      We are sorry to hear your disappointment and understand your frustration.

      We would recommend contacting the Lexus centre through which you placed your deposit to discuss your options.


    2. I agree. Having owned a Lexus in the past, when it became available on Motability, I thought Great…
      However it is a high up front cost, no keyless entry, no powered tailgate, no powered seats, no ability to upgrade the sat nav.

      All in all, quite a disappointment.

  8. Hello,

    If I plugged a hardwired dashcam to my Lexus, does it affect the warranty in any kind?

    My Lexus Centre suggested a dash cam which has 1080p resolution but I would like to fit a 4K dash cam, hard wired. I’m not sure if all Lexus Centres use the same brand and model, or if I can find different dash cam options on other branches.

    Is there any specs (voltage, amper etc.) that I have to check before buying a new dash cam. For Lexus UX, please.

    1. Hello Farih, thanks for getting in touch.

      Your local Lexus centre is best placed to answer your warranty and accessory queries.

      We would recommend re-contacting them for advice.


  9. I bought a new Lexus UX, delivery at June 23 end. Unable to onlnect Samsung Galaxy A53 phone Android Auto to
    Infotainment system. Dealer not helping, in fact ignores calk and emails. Also sent complaints to Lexus directly, and have not received help.
    Terrible Custo.er Service from both Dealer, lexus Hatfield and Lexus UK.

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