The updated Lexus UX was recently launched in South Africa, bringing the most affordable Lexus crossover up to date with key competitions. How does the new model compare when we look at running costs versus key competitors, though?

Those in the market for a premium compact crossover in the sub-R800 000 category have several options ranging from the recently updated Lexus UX to the competent XC40 and the polished Q3 Sportback. How do the running costs of the UX compare with these two key rivals, though? Today we will compare the entry-level UX with two similarly priced versions of the XC40 and Q3 Sportback

The figures

Lexus UX 250h EX

Volvo XC40 T4 Inscription

Audi Q3 Sportback 40TFSI quattro S line

Engine size

4-cyl, 2.0-litre petrol-electric hybrid

4-cyl, 2.0-litre turbo petrol

4-cyl, 2.0-litre turbo petrol

Power/Torque

135 kW/188 Nm

140 kW/300 Nm

132 kW/320 Nm

Gearbox

CVT

8-speed automatic

7-speed dual-clutch automatic

Seats

5

5

5

Airbags

8

6

6

Kerb weight

1 625kg

1 615kg

1 695kg

Load Capacity

268-litres

460-litres

410-litres

Fuel capacity

43-litres

54-litres

60-litres

Claimed consumption

4.5 L/100 km

7.5 L/100 km

8.3 L/100 km

Service plan

7-yr/105 000km (maintenance)

5-yr /100 000km (maintenance)

5-year/100 000km (maintenance)

Price

R777 200

R769 200

R770 500

Comparing the trio

Purchase price

The models we have chosen for this comparison are competitors from a pricing and body-style perspective. Monthly instalments are calculated throughout 72 months with a 10% deposit and no balloon or residual. The interest rate is set at 11%.

Lexus UX 250h EX

With the instalment parameters in place, the UX will work out at R13 314 per month over 72 months.

Volvo XC40 T4 Inscription

With the instalment parameters in place, the XC40 will work out at R13 177 per month over 72 months.

Audi Q3 Sportback 4-TFSI quattro S line

With the instalment parameters in place, the Q3 will work out at R13 199 per month over 72 months.

Lexus UX vs Volvo XC40 vs Audi Q3 Sportback: Which one has the lowest running costs?

Fuel consumption

On paper, the hybrid Lexus appears to be the lightest on fuel, and this is very likely t be the case in the real world too, with second place going to Volvo, and then the Audi in third position.

Lexus UX vs Volvo XC40 vs Audi Q3 Sportback: Which one has the lowest running costs?

Service plans

The winner here is the Lexus with its 7-year/105 000 maintenance plan, followed by both the Volvo and Audi which feature 5-year/100 000 maintenance plans.

Lexus UX vs Volvo XC40 vs Audi Q3 Sportback: Which one has the lowest running costs?

Verdict

Having looked at the data, in the first five years of ownership, we feel that the Lexus UX will have the lowest running costs among the three products being compared.

 Sean NurseWith a lifelong passion for cars, bikes, and motorsport, Sean knew that attaining a degree in journalism would allow him to pursue his passion, which was to be a motoring journalist. After graduating in 2012, Sean was awarded a bursary from the SAGMJ which allowed him to work for a variety of motoring publications. This was a dream come true for Sean, and after a year of gaining vital industry experience, he was hired as a motoring journalist at a local newspaper and worked his way up to editor. In 2020, Sean joined the AutoTrader team and counts himself lucky to wake up and genuinely love what he does for a living.View News & Reviews

Lexus UX vs Volvo XC40 vs Audi Q3 Sportback: Which one has the lowest running costs?
Lexus UX vs Volvo XC40 vs Audi Q3 Sportback: Which one has the lowest running costs?
Lexus UX vs Volvo XC40 vs Audi Q3 Sportback: Which one has the lowest running costs?
Lexus UX vs Volvo XC40 vs Audi Q3 Sportback: Which one has the lowest running costs?
Lexus UX vs Volvo XC40 vs Audi Q3 Sportback: Which one has the lowest running costs?
Lexus UX vs Volvo XC40 vs Audi Q3 Sportback: Which one has the lowest running costs?
Lexus UX vs Volvo XC40 vs Audi Q3 Sportback: Which one has the lowest running costs?
Lexus UX vs Volvo XC40 vs Audi Q3 Sportback: Which one has the lowest running costs?

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