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BabyDrive Verdict

The Lexus NX300 was a great looking car in a beautiful sparkling pearlescent paint and the front of it looked so good that I was hoping it would stack up as a good BabyDrive! Its video game style indicator lights were interesting too! The great exterior styling continued to the interior where it all looked really stylish and the bright red leather made it really stand out!

As a BabyDrive it actually wasn't too bad either! The boot space was surprisingly good, holding 12 shopping bags when empty! All configurations of tandem and single Britax Flexx strollers fitted with shopping bags alongside them and the Britax Holiday compact stroller fitted easily with 10 shopping bags too, or you could fit a medium sized dog in the boot.

I was also very surprised that, at a squeeze, I could fit three child seats across the back row of seats! There are two sets of ISOFix points, one in each of the outer seats, and top tethers in all three seats. The outer two seats have top tethers in their seatbacks and the central seats top tether is in the ceiling along with the central seatbelt. I struggled with the central seatbelt as the first buckle for it is halfway underneath the outer seat base which made installing the seats really tricky!

I managed to fit the three Britax child seats using the seatbelts rather than ISOFix but they were really squeezed in. It was a much better fit with two child seats installed using the ISOFix, there was a lot more space around the seats and they weren't cramped! I think realistically it is a two child-seat car and three on rare occasions.

Storage in the cabin of the NX300 was good, although it did feel compact in the front as the central console and dashboard really wraps around you.

The media system did not have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto but was not too difficult to navigate or to connect to and the sat-nav was easy to use and mute the announcements on the screen!

The Lexus NX scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2017 and has seven airbags as standard.

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