The new Lexus UX compact SUV will cost just under £30,000 when it arrives in the UK in March next year.

At launch, just one powertrain will be available – a 2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a ‘self-charging’ hybrid system – but the car will be offered in a choice of three trim levels.

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The entry-level model, simply branded the UK 250h, will come in at £29,900, and will include satellite navigation, two-zone climate control and 17-inch alloy wheels, as well as the Lexus Safety System+ suite of electronic safety aids.

The mid-range F Sport model, however, will cost an extra £4,000, but comes with a host of styling upgrades, as well as improved on-board technology.

2019 Lexus UX

Included in the £33,900 asking price are 18-inch alloy wheels, a “spindle” grille and F Sport front seats with part-leather upholstery, while rear privacy glass, heated seats and a heated steering wheel also feature.

The range-topping Takumi model, however, is even more generously endowed. Leather seats, front seat ventilation and a bespoke surround sound system from Mark Levinson top the bill, with a 10-inch multimedia display, 360-degree camera and driver’s head-up display also making the grade.

2019 Lexus UX

All that, plus a few other goodies, such as a sunroof and blind-spot monitoring system, come included in the lofty £39,100 price tag.

But if you want to spend a little less and still have some of the Takumi’s party pieces, you can do that too. For those buying the standard car or the F Sport model, there’s a £2,200 Premium Pack, which includes larger wheels, front and rear parking sensors and heated front seats, or the £4,200 Premium Plus Pack, which adds to that with full leather upholstery, keyless entry and a powered tailgate.

Opting for that package will also give you the option of upgrading to four-wheel drive, which is otherwise only available on the Takumi model.

2019 Lexus UX

There’s a £1,400 Tech and Safety Pack, too, which adds safety gizmos including triple-eye LED headlights, a blind-spot monitor and the head-up display, as well as wireless phone charging and, on the F Sport, adaptive suspension that varies the damping on each wheel automatically to provide the best possible handling and ride qualities.

If, however, you want to pool those packs and add front-seat ventilation and an improved hi-fi to the mix, F Sport buyers will be able to choose the £6,000 Takumi Pack, which also gets the Takumi’s 36-degree camera and sunroof.

Gallery: 2019 Lexus UX First Drive