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2014 Lexus ES 300h

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Keith road tests and reviews the Lexus ES 300h review specs, fuel economy and

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What s the between a gaggle of camera-toting wandering aimlessly around s waterfront and a flock of seagulls themselves in the middle of the road? The is they both nearly got run by a super quiet Lexus, some evasive driver on my part so not to harm a hair nor

It s a peculiar problem with a hybrid at slow speeds in streets when battery kicks in. Tourists and birds can t hear you coming, so added is a must. I had been warned by the Lexus salesman that the new ES was exceptionally quiet, but I hadn t prepared for deaf cruise passengers or gulls playing

Two of these big and spacious Lexus tourers are making a return to the market after seven absence — this round we get the 2.5-litre 300h hybrid) and the 3.5-litre V6 ES 350. range from $63,000 to positioning them competitively a gaggle of luxury imports. in 2001 when the fourth ES was launched in this country it had a tag of $84,900 — and the new version is a bigger car.

So the ace card by Lexus is the value for money with plenty on offer for the price. There are two levels of Luxury and Sports Luxury to your budget.

We ve been the top spec Sports Luxury which came with a sunroof, excellent satellite system, three-zone air conditioning heated and cooled seats in the rear), and a superb Mark 835W surround sound with 15 speakers.

The 2.5-litre twin-cam Atkinson petrol engine (118kW) is to a 105kW electric motor and a variable transmission with manual shifting if needed. The combined output is 151kW, the car a claimed zero to 100km/h time of 8.5 seconds.

The big tick for the is its frugal fuel usage, the is a somewhat lacklustre handling on the road. It s a compromise however I well live with.

was remarkable was that over two we saw a low average fuel consumption of a 2.6 litres/100km and an overall average of Lexus official fuel is 5.5 litres/100km which is not that far from reality. With fuel prices low running for such a big car is a key point.

The sleek has more than a hint of design about it but what is is the roomy cabin, the level of in the fit and finish and they way Lexus has NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) to edge levels. At city the most you will hear is the whirr of the electric motor in and some tyre rumble. The engine sounds a little however when pushed.

Lexus has based its ES advertising on the catchcry of Luxury of Space and claims there is more a metre of rear leg room I don t how they measure it but let s say it is generous, by my ruler. Actually, the best in the Lexus house are the rear

Power up the rear blind, up the side curtains, turn on the air conditioning, switch on the heated adjust the music volume, out on the leather trimmed seats and and let someone else do the driving. I it once on the way to work, playing the of the executive boss, but my driver s the real boss) drew the at running round and opening the for me.

There s much to like the Lexus, but shiny, plasticky trim isn t my cup of tea although overall the decor works a treat. The bootlid (power operated of opens high to reveal a amount of luggage space, slightly handicapped by being a short because of the storage of the There s a full sized under the flat floor.

You can about tick all the boxes for safety features. The Lexus has from a blind spot system in the door mirrors, to 10 air reversing camera, parking and smart electronics to drive the traction and braking systems.

Lexus was primarily aimed at the American market which soft riding cars plenty of bling and plushness. is noticeable is that this version is much stiffer previous models and that is in its road manners, especially in stability.

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There s no hiding the fact the ES s Achilles heel is its less-than-crisp Having a car that s super and having all the advantages of being a is all and well and good. But it comes a price. In this latest Lexus has given more to the electric steering, but more is

There remains some between road and wheel.

is much to like about the ES It s plush, comfortable, quiet and Is that enough to overcome its ponderous performance at the odd occasion you want to tackle that road? Perhaps.

And you don t buy the ES as a performance car

Would I buy the hybrid? No question.

ES 300h Luxury from

Lexus ES 300h Sports — from $72,000

ES 350 Luxury from $65,000

ES 350 Sports Luxury — $74,000


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