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. Is there smooth leather upholstery in the front and back of the ux fsport. Is the dash board also covered with leather.

    1. Hello Anil, thanks for your question.

      The Lexus UX 250h F SPORT has smooth leather in the front and back, as well as on the dashboard.


    1. Hello Anil, thanks for your question.

      Our Product Team have advised that there has been no price increase for the Lexus UX 250h in the last month.


  2. Hi have had my new UX for a month now. Changed it for my 6 year old NX. I am delighted with it. Drives like a dream but the gadgets take some time to get use to.
    Had the Premium Plus pack only complaint is it hasn’t got the kick boot release. What model does this extra come on? Surely it should be on Premium Plus.
    Looking forward to quiet long summer drives. Love the Apple Play.

    1. Hello Howard, thanks for your kind feeedback.

      We are really glad to hear that you are pleased with your new UX!

      Please provide your Vehicle Registration so that we can look into the specification of this vehicle.


  3. Hi Guys, How Are You All. This Comment MUST Be Read By All Users

    My Favourite Car in (1992) Was The Lexus LS400 When I Saw it for the 1st Time @ London Heathrow Airport Car Park.
    That Car Had Every Luxury Feature Fitted As Standard. Including Sunroof & Electric Lumbar Seats.

    Now 30 yrs Later. I Want To Own an Lexus Which is The (2023) Lexus UX250h F Sport Design On Motability Scheme, But Unfortunately The Specification’s is Terrible & Truly Shocking:
    * No Driver Lumbar Support (Should Be Standard on Leather Seats)
    * No Electric Tailgate Closing Boot (Small SUV Vehicle Right)
    * No Electric Seats (Should Be Standard or Optional on This Model)
    * No Optional Sunroof (Not Even an Option)
    * No Rear Map Pockets Behind The Driver Seat (Unbelievable)

    Where’s the Luxury in That ?
    Lexus UX250h F Sport Design Models (Please Sort This Out) You’re Loosing Motability Custommers Like Me

    1. I agree. I have had a word with Motability and they are talking with Toyota about important adaptions iff needed. Electric seats with memory are a must as well as an electric tailgate. I have special needs. Hope this help[s.

      1. Did you speak to Motability & Toyota About The
        • Electric ⚡️ Seats 💺
        • Electric ⚡️ Tailgate ?

        I Have 6 Months Left On My Motability Contract 📑
        So I’m Either Choosing The:
        • Toyota Corolla Excel With Sunroof or
        • Lexus UX250h F Sport Design

        Can You Please 🙏🏼 Respond To Me ASAP
        Regarding The: Keyless Entry/Locking Too. Thanks 😊

    1. Hello Karen, thanks for your question.

      The current estimated lead time for a UX 250h is August 2023.


  4. Hi. I ordered a fsport takumi in early Feb but there has been no movment in the order status.
    Are you stating that an a order placed now delivery will be In August.

    1. Hello Anil, thanks for your order.

      The current estimated lead time for a Lexus UX 250h is August 2023. However, this is best guidance and subject to change.

      We would recommend contacting your Lexus Centre for any updates on the delivery of your vehicle.

      Many thanks.

  5. I ordered my f-sport design last week of March and I have been told 31st September maybe a little bit earlier but that is ok because you just have to wait for a bit of quality and a bit of exclusivity I would rather wait than drive all the Run of the mill vehicle’s that everybody else wants to be seen in

    1. We appreciate your patience and understanding, Ritchie.

      Thank you for choosing Lexus, we can’t wait to see you behind the wheel.

  6. Please can you let me know if this upgraded UX is from 72 number plate or only from 23 number plate

    1. Hello Sue,
      All of our current vehicle offerings come with air conditioning.
      We hope this helps.

  7. I’ve went to in Lexus Birmingham & Other Dealership in UK.
    They Have The 2023 Lexus UX250h F Sport Design in The Showroom. & On Display & Done The Test Drive Too. All of Them are Very Nice Salesman’s Have Served Me Very Well & Showed Me The Car,. This Car is Now Available On Motability Scheme. For £2995 Prices State Showing In May 2023.
    But Unfortunately There is No:
    • Keyless Entry
    • Keyless Locking
    • Optional Sunroof
    • Lumbar Driver Seat Support &
    • Electric Closing/Opening Rear Boot Tailgate

    Even in This Latest 2023 Models. It’s Truly Unbelievable, The Car is Beautiful & Drives Very Smooth, Like Pure Luxury.

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