Lexus to rejoin Motability in 2022

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  • #166915 Reply
    Aygo1991
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    Hey everyone.

    I was causally thinking about what Q1 2022 would hold for us and decided to type it into a popular search engine. After browsing a few links, I saw this search below:

    Inchcape
    https://www.inchcape.co.uk/lexus/motability/

    I haven’t emailed them but what are your thoughts on this everyone? I know the UX crossover would certainly meet the pricing criteria, not too sure about the NX or even the ES.

    • This topic was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by Aygo1991. Reason: Typo

    Motability cars:

    2015 RR Evoque AWD 2.0 TD4 SE Tech - written off
    2017 Toyota CH-R 1.2T Dynamic CVT AWD - written off
    2019 BMW X2 2.0L Sport

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  • #166926 Reply
    Glos Guy
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    If true, this would be an extremely welcome addition to the scheme, especially given the poor choice at present and the increasing move towards the budget manufacturers.

    My only hesitation is that a few years ago we saw similar adverts on Land Rover websites trumpeting the fact that they were soon to join the Motability scheme. Sadly it never happened.

    #166940 Reply
    brydo

    Aygo have you called the dealer, or better still Lexus HQ, to see when and which models? I was onto motability a few days ago about the huge changes to the EV home charger grant being removed for many and as an aside I asked if anything new was coming to the scheme. She replied “no”.

    She also knew nothing about the major changes to the grant either.

    She was however very polite.

     

    #166943 Reply
    Brydo
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    Just called Lexus UK and they are in the final stages of agreeing a “special Motability spec UX model”. He will email me details as he gets them regarding finalisation of the agreement and release dates.

    The only person who got all his work done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe.
    Anything i post over three lines long please assume it is an article lol.

    #166944 Reply
    Glos Guy
    Participant

    Whilst any Lexus would be a welcome addition, it’s a shame if all we get is the UX as it’s too small to be practical for many Motability customers and has had some pretty bad reviews (perhaps why they want to offload some on Motability?). This is the verdict summing up the full review conducted by What Car? magazine who only awarded it 2 stars, which is pretty unusual for them;

    “The hybrid-powered Lexus UX could be an interesting alternative to established premium family SUVs, with distinctive looks and a very efficient hybrid system. However, it’s only the promise of good fuel economy, cheap company car tax, and Lexus’s excellent reliability that appeal. The driving experience is so-so, the infotainment system is poor, while practicality is shocking for a family SUV when it comes to rear-seat and boot space. As a result it’s impossible to recommend over a petrol or diesel powered Volvo XC40 or Range Rover Evoque, and if you want a hybrid SUV you’d be better off with a larger Toyota RAV4 for the same money”.

    #166945 Reply
    Brydo

    Just received this.

    Thank you for your contact regarding your interest in Lexus Motability.

    I can confirm that the intent is to launch the Lexus UX on Motability in the start of the new year “Q1”.

    There are no further confirmed details at this particular moment, and we would encourage you to keep in contact with your most local or preferred Lexus Centre who will be able to let you know as soon as more information becomes available.

    I trust that this helps and thank you very kindly for reaching out to Lexus Customer Support.

    Regards,

    Craig Allen
    Customer Relations Case Manager
    Toyota (GB) PLC – Lexus Division
    Distributor of vehicles, parts and accessories for the UK

    #166948 Reply
    Aygo1991
    Participant

    @ Glos Guy – I didn’t know that ‘false’ advertising went ahead around the launch of LR onto the scheme. If that was the case, I probably wouldn’t have posted this thread and would have allowed everyone to be surprised.

    @ Brydo – I didn’t get in touch with Lexus at all but thank you for doing so and confirming that the UX will join the scheme.

    The UX would certainly be on my shortlist but I feel there will be a substantial AP.

    Motability cars:

    2015 RR Evoque AWD 2.0 TD4 SE Tech - written off
    2017 Toyota CH-R 1.2T Dynamic CVT AWD - written off
    2019 BMW X2 2.0L Sport

    #166949 Reply
    wmcforum
    Which Mobility Car

    Good work Brydo. I like the UX, well the interior anyway.

     

    #166953 Reply
    Brydo
    Participant

    Just called a couple of the Lexus dealers near me and neither knew anything about this, they dont have motability specialists and will need to find out whats going on.

    Brilliant lol.

    The only person who got all his work done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe.
    Anything i post over three lines long please assume it is an article lol.

    #166954 Reply
    Glos Guy
    Participant

    @ Glos Guy – I didn’t know that ‘false’ advertising went ahead around the launch of LR onto the scheme. If that was the case, I probably wouldn’t have posted this thread and would have allowed everyone to be surprised. @ Brydo – I didn’t get in touch with Lexus at all but thank you for doing so and confirming that the UX will join the scheme. The UX would certainly be on my shortlist but I feel there will be a substantial AP.

    To be fair, it wasn’t false advertising Aygo, LR had a genuine intention to join the scheme but in the end they couldn’t agree terms with Motability and / or I recall there was some noise around Motability deciding that the LR marque didn’t fit with their core objectives or words to that effect. Either way it never happened. I should think that the Lexus addition is more realistic. The UX is below the arbitrary price caps and there would be no potential issues that I can see. Sadly, the UX would be too small for us, but I’d really love to see Lexus join Motability as it just might result in bigger cars in the future, although that may be a false hope!

    #166956 Reply
    Rene

    Didn’t have the UX on the radar, but a brief look into it sadly doesn’t fill me with joy for the addition. Of course, more choice, the better – but the UX isn’t well received, it has a CVT gearbox (for me personally a no no), it’s going to rival much better offers in the premium segment for price, it’s rather small and impractical.

    I’ll happily admit that i’m wrong when proven so, but so far, the only thing it has going for itself is the exterior design – i kinda like the quirkiness.

    #166963 Reply
    Fastbike1000
    Participant

    Their is a ux300e which is electric I believe, but expensive and I don’t think the range is that good compared to some.

    #166965 Reply
    Wigwam
    Participant

    The fact there are big discounts through Carwow tell a story.

    #166966 Reply
    Brydo
    Participant

    So we’re dissing a Lexus????

    Hardly any cars on the scheme and “were dissing a Lexus” hahaha love it.

    Count me out on the “dissing” until I see the AP.

    The only person who got all his work done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe.
    Anything i post over three lines long please assume it is an article lol.

    #166969 Reply
    Kwikfitman

    The UX is at the end of its life so if that is what is on offer then its a no from me

    However Lexus are developing new cars so let’s wait and see what they offer it is a small bit of good news and we are grateful for that

    I’m waiting for the BMW X1 replacement due in 2022 but who knows if will be on the scheme next year let alone what the AP will be

    A quick search on the Internet of the UX does not yield any desire to want to drive its outdated technology but then if the AP is £200 then it might get some attention from some

    #166970 Reply
    wmcforum
    Which Mobility Car

    The last time Lexus was on the Scheme, the only offering was the CT200, The Advance Payment? £6027!!!

    #166974 Reply
    Rene
    Participant

    So we’re dissing a Lexus???? Hardly any cars on the scheme and “were dissing a Lexus” hahaha love it. Count me out on the “dissing” until I see the AP.

    Does “being a Lexus” make it immune to objective criticism?

     

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    #166975 Reply
    Brydo
    Participant

    That’s not a good omen wmc.

    The only person who got all his work done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe.
    Anything i post over three lines long please assume it is an article lol.

    #166980 Reply
    fwippers
    Participant

    I wonder if Motability are looking to expand the scheme? The thing is a “badge” is no guarantee of a quality project. I have never driven a Lexus, but the drive-train is shared with Toyota and the CVT  gearbox is awful, as are, or were the multimedia systems, that said, all additions welcome. The UX does seem the only model to fit the guidelines and seems to lack sat na, an 850 option. Pizza is here!

    #167001 Reply
    Aygo1991
    Participant

    @ Glos Guy – I didn’t know that ‘false’ advertising went ahead around the launch of LR onto the scheme. If that was the case, I probably wouldn’t have posted this thread and would have allowed everyone to be surprised. @ Brydo – I didn’t get in touch with Lexus at all but thank you for doing so and confirming that the UX will join the scheme. The UX would certainly be on my shortlist but I feel there will be a substantial AP.

    To be fair, it wasn’t false advertising Aygo, LR had a genuine intention to join the scheme but in the end they couldn’t agree terms with Motability and / or I recall there was some noise around Motability deciding that the LR marque didn’t fit with their core objectives or words to that effect. Either way it never happened. I should think that the Lexus addition is more realistic. The UX is below the arbitrary price caps and there would be no potential issues that I can see. Sadly, the UX would be too small for us, but I’d really love to see Lexus join Motability as it just might result in bigger cars in the future, although that may be a false hope!

    Oh, I see. I hope this isn’t what’s happening now as I’ve contacted Motability’s Customer Service and they have no idea either.

    Motability cars:

    2015 RR Evoque AWD 2.0 TD4 SE Tech - written off
    2017 Toyota CH-R 1.2T Dynamic CVT AWD - written off
    2019 BMW X2 2.0L Sport

    #167002 Reply
    Aygo1991
    Participant

    The fact there are big discounts through Carwow tell a story.

    I’ve noticed that. In addition to what ‘KwikFitMan’ says that the car is ageing and is due for a facelift (It’s already three years old) so I feel that Lexus might be looking to offload stock and attempting to increase sales before the updated model launches.

    Motability cars:

    2015 RR Evoque AWD 2.0 TD4 SE Tech - written off
    2017 Toyota CH-R 1.2T Dynamic CVT AWD - written off
    2019 BMW X2 2.0L Sport

    #167003 Reply
    Aygo1991
    Participant

    I wonder if Motability are looking to expand the scheme? The thing is a “badge” is no guarantee of a quality project. I have never driven a Lexus, but the drive-train is shared with Toyota and the CVT gearbox is awful, as are, or were the multimedia systems, that said, all additions welcome. The UX does seem the only model to fit the guidelines and seems to lack sat na, an 850 option. Pizza is here!

    The way I see it is, it’s just a fancy CH-R or a posh Prius crossover 🤷‍♂️.

    Motability cars:

    2015 RR Evoque AWD 2.0 TD4 SE Tech - written off
    2017 Toyota CH-R 1.2T Dynamic CVT AWD - written off
    2019 BMW X2 2.0L Sport

    #167009 Reply
    Glos Guy
    Participant

    The fact there are big discounts through Carwow tell a story.

    I’ve noticed that. In addition to what ‘KwikFitMan’ says that the car is ageing and is due for a facelift (It’s already three years old) so I feel that Lexus might be looking to offload stock and attempting to increase sales before the updated model launches.

    I suspect that you might be correct. As several of us have also noticed, reviews of the car are pretty poor as well so it probably isn’t a big seller. None the less, there will be some who are big fans of Lexus and will happily order one of these in spite of its shortcomings.

    As I said originally, with the severe decline in choice that we have experienced with Motability in recent times, any addition is most welcome and particularly so when it’s a new brand as it might hopefully result in newer / better / bigger models over time. So I sincerely hope that this happens and see no reason why it shouldn’t.

    Personally, I’d like to see Motability and manufacturers use the scheme more often to offload end of line models as an additional choice, especially if they are cars that we wouldn’t normally be able to order. Not all of us are fans of the move to touchscreens, haptic controls etc from a safety and practicality perspective and often there can be ‘final editions’ or equivalent that are loaded with kit and offer very good value. If we could have access to these at keen prices then I’m sure that many of us would be interested.

    #167042 Reply
    Effkay

    My parents own a ux and in all fairness it’s not as bad as some have said.

    I actually prefer the ride in that compared to my gla, as it feels a lot smoother!

    But that said, I agree the oem infotainment system is lagging behind that of rivals. However, if you use android auto or Apple car play then you won’t notice any major issues.

    #167080 Reply
    Aygo1991
    Participant

    The fact there are big discounts through Carwow tell a story.

    I’ve noticed that. In addition to what ‘KwikFitMan’ says that the car is ageing and is due for a facelift (It’s already three years old) so I feel that Lexus might be looking to offload stock and attempting to increase sales before the updated model launches.

    I suspect that you might be correct. As several of us have also noticed, reviews of the car are pretty poor as well so it probably isn’t a big seller. None the less, there will be some who are big fans of Lexus and will happily order one of these in spite of its shortcomings. As I said originally, with the severe decline in choice that we have experienced with Motability in recent times, any addition is most welcome and particularly so when it’s a new brand as it might hopefully result in newer / better / bigger models over time. So I sincerely hope that this happens and see no reason why it shouldn’t. Personally, I’d like to see Motability and manufacturers use the scheme more often to offload end of line models as an additional choice, especially if they are cars that we wouldn’t normally be able to order. Not all of us are fans of the move to touchscreens, haptic controls etc from a safety and practicality perspective and often there can be ‘final editions’ or equivalent that are loaded with kit and offer very good value. If we could have access to these at keen prices then I’m sure that many of us would be interested.

    I’m definitely with you on the latter part of your message. End-of-life models would be nice with a reasonable AP.

    Motability cars:

    2015 RR Evoque AWD 2.0 TD4 SE Tech - written off
    2017 Toyota CH-R 1.2T Dynamic CVT AWD - written off
    2019 BMW X2 2.0L Sport

    #167082 Reply
    Aygo1991
    Participant

    My parents own a ux and in all fairness it’s not as bad as some have said. I actually prefer the ride in that compared to my gla, as it feels a lot smoother! But that said, I agree the oem infotainment system is lagging behind that of rivals. However, if you use android auto or Apple car play then you won’t notice any major issues.

    I’ve been reading reviews about the UX and they’re not overly negative. Such a model would be ideal for my Mother. It’s nice to gain a real-life perspective.

    I dread to think what my local retailer’s attitude would be if they had Motability customers coming through their doors. They looked down upon regular customers who aren’t middle-aged and well dressed.

    Motability cars:

    2015 RR Evoque AWD 2.0 TD4 SE Tech - written off
    2017 Toyota CH-R 1.2T Dynamic CVT AWD - written off
    2019 BMW X2 2.0L Sport

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